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2016 Conference Resources, Vancouver, BC

May 4-6, 2016
Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel

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Final Program



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Pre-Conference Workshop ~ Demythifying palliative care and end-of-life and Workshop Report

Romayne Gallagher MD, CCFP, FCFP
Head, Division of Palliative Care Department of Family and Community Medicine
Providence Health Care, Vancouver

There are many myths about palliative care and end-of-life issues that only serve as barriers to referral and access for patients and families. Spend an afternoon with your colleagues testing your knowledge, learning and contributing to capacity building around palliative care and end-of-life issues. The workshop opens with a questionnaire that tests your knowledge followed by an education session reviewing the evidence around the questionnaire. We then take the myths that proved to be the most persistent and work in small groups to brain storm solutions that will result in more awareness, fewer barriers and greater access for Canadians. A report of the results of the questionnaire, the answers and the brainstorming results will be available after the conference so you can spread the word throughout your organization.

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Catholic Health Care, Pope Francis and the Jubilee of Mercy

Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher
Archbishop of Gatineau

Pope Francis’s words and gestures, including the Jubilee of Mercy, resonate with many people. How does his message concern the Catholic health care community? How can we respond to his call to pastoral conversion in going out to the peripheries? This talk will explore these topics and suggest avenues for action.

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Hospice Palliative Care – New Challenges and New Horizons: How do we move forward?

Sharon Baxter
Executive Director
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

The former Chief of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, he is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Berger has published and lectured widely on critical health issues including drug addiction, the physical and psychological effects of torture, and HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Dr. Berger co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, a group of physicians and residents who have participated in protests and other activities to oppose cuts to refugee health care in Canada.

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Dignity, Personhood and the Shifting Landscape of Palliative End-of-Life Care
Handout: Model of Therapeutic Effectiveness

Dr. Harvey Chochinov, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba; Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care;
Director, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit CancerCare Manitoba

Dr. Chochinov’s publications addressing psychosocial dimensions of palliative care have helped define core-competencies and standards of end-of-life care. He
did his undergraduate medical training and Psychiatric Residency at the University of Manitoba and completed a Fellowship in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York. In 1998, he completed a PhD in the Faculty of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

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Validation and Support for the Family Caregiver: The Overlooked Patient

Debra Parker Oliver, MSW, PhD
Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Missouri

After more than 30 years as a hospice social worker, administrator and researcher, Dr. Parker Oliver found herself a caregiver of a hospice patient and unprepared for the end-of-life journey, when her husband was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. She shares her personal experience with the message that there are two patients in this journey. One is dying, the other feels as though they are dying, but will survive to find themselves alone. For the dying patient there is a care plan, medications, equipment, professional help, family help, and social support. Dr. Parker Oliver advocates that the caregivers need a care team and a care plan as well, and the journey continues beyond the death of their loved one.


Plenary Sessions: Thursday, May 5

Key Issues Affecting Catholic Health Care
The Catholic Health Alliance of Canada is coordinating a number of key projects and responses to important current issues affecting Catholic health care. Presentations and discussion around the following three subjects are scheduled; moderated by Michael Shea, Alliance President and CEO.

Palliative Care Initiative

Konrad Fassbender
Scientific Director for Covenant Health Palliative Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Care Medicine at the University of Alberta

A project aimed at raising awareness, identifying innovative practices and creating a resource that promotes partnership-building between sites in providing the best possible palliative and end-of-life care in Catholic health care throughout Canada.

Proclaim Project

Presenters: Fran Ross, Task Group member and Chief Communications Officer, Covenant Health and Laura Ruddock, Communications Consultant

An interactive session seeking input on the goal to tell the story of Catholic health care, and ensure an understanding of our strategic contribution – not only historically, but also the current and future critical role of Catholic health care in Canada.

Physician Assisted Death

Presenters: Daniel Lussier, Chairperson, and Michael Shea, President and CEO, Catholic Health Alliance of Canada

The network of organizations that make up the Alliance continue efforts to deal with this important and evolving matter. Specific actions already taken, current initiatives underway and planned activities by the Alliance will be discussed.