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Online CHPCA – Medical Cannabis: The Essentials for Palliative Care

October 31, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm



  • Recognize the history of cannabis and cannabinoids as therapeutic agents
  • Critique current evidence and guidance for the therapeutic use of cannabis and cannabinoids in palliative care
  • Describe the current access regulations for medical cannabis and cannabinoids in Canada


Dr. Hawley completed Internal Medicine training in New Zealand in 1986 after completing medical school and internship in England. She moved to Vancouver to work with Julio Montaner in HIV research, then completed Canadian Internal Medicine certification in Vancouver, including a 2-year self-directed Palliative Medicine fellowship. In 1997, she set up the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program for the BC Cancer Agency and remains its medical leader. She is the first accredited Royal College Palliative Medicine specialist in BC, under Founder status. Dr. Hawley is also the head of the UBC Division of Palliative Care.

Dr. Hawley has research interests in many areas of supportive and palliative care, including the assessment and management of opioid-induced constipation, management of severe cancer pain with lidocaine infusions, methadone for analgesia, and the integration of palliative care into oncology. She is currently working on a study protocol for medicinal cannabis for cancer-related symptoms.


October 31, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association