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Join us on the bus! Palliative Care is Everyone’s Business

May 24, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM ET

Accessed online via phone and web


Presented By:
Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller and Dr. Denise Marshall

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People living with life-threatening illness, their caregivers, and the bereaved are often segmented social groups, living their experiences hidden and disenfranchised from the wider community. Outside of health services that deal with their immediate problems, these populations suffer from a range of other troubles that are separate but linked to their health and social circumstances – including loneliness, isolation, job loss, stigma, depression, anxiety, and fear. Compassionate communities publicly recognize, and seek to support and care for one another, our vulnerable and often hidden community members at times of health crisis and personal loss. The Compassionate Communities model upholds principles of healthy communities where health is everyone’s responsibility, and therefore palliative and end of life care is everyone’s responsibility.

Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and the Palliative Care Division Lead at the Centre for Education and Research On Aging and Health (CERAH) at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada. Her research experience has been interdisciplinary and collaborative contributing to a broad range of fields of study including: social work, palliative care, interprofessional education, gerontology and LGBTQ. Kathy completed a two year research fellowship with the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) and worked with Pallium Canada co-leading their Compassionate Communities initiative before becoming faculty at LU. She is also the past chair of the board of directors for Hospice Northwest.

Dr. Denise Marshall has been a McMaster Family Medicine trained Palliative Care physician since 1989. After completing her residency and training in Family Medicine and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Marshall served as a Palliative Care physician at Hamilton Health Sciences, and then Director of the Palliative Care program at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton.

In 1997, she created a community-based Palliative Care Team in the west end of Niagara where she currently works. She is also an academic physician at McMaster University, having a number of roles, including Undergraduate Director, Family Medicine (1999-2004). She was the inaugural Director of the Division of Palliative Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, which she created in 2003 and held until 2008.

She teaches extensively at the undergraduate, postgraduate and practicing clinician levels. Dr Marshall has a scholarly interest in aspects of human suffering. She is now full-time Associate Professor at McMaster University and was appointed as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, Faculty of Health Sciences in September 2006.


May 24, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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