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Mary O’Connor Palliative and Hospice Care Conference
April 27, 2016
Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Mary O’Connor Palliative and Hospice Care Conference.
April 27, 2016
8:30am – 4:00pm
MacEwan Hall and Conference Center
MacEwan Student Centre
2500 University Drive
The theme this year is Through the Eyes of the Beholder: Multiple Perspectives on Palliative Care
The keynote presentation is Death by Joy: An Escorted Journey This includes a documentary film about one women’s choice to find joy in dying and her unforgettable discoveries along the way. This tightly woven exposé sheds light from a unique perspective: one that involves Mary, the protagonist, joyfully embracing her journey onward; a family dedicated to ensuring her needs are lovingly supported; and a palliative care nurse and physician providing the balanced medical care, all in a home setting.
Health Care Providers and Volunteers who work with dying patients and their families are invited to join their colleagues for the 16th Annual Mary O’Connor Palliative and Hospice Care conference. The focus of this year’s conference is multiple perspectives on palliative care. The keynote presentation focuses on the patient’s perspective. Concurrent session topics will offer differing perspectives regarding physician assisted dying; managing symptoms such as edema and cachexia; integrated therapies including art therapy, pet therapy, and guided imagery; the use of lament at end of life and much more.
For the first time, there will be a variety of poster presentations featuring numerous research projects about palliative and end of life care from across the Calgary Zone. This conference continues to provide the opportunity for health care professionals to increase their understanding and awareness of some of the issues surrounding palliative and hospice care. See you there!
Concurrent sessions include presentations on:
Grief through the eyes of children, teens and young adults
Integrated therapies – an overview of therapies that support clinical treatments
Update on physician assisted dying
Working with complex/conflicted families