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Online – Palliative and End of Life Care … An Evolving Vision, Speaker
May 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Western society tends to ignore the fact of death until it actually has to be faced. This lack of preparation causes additional stress and difficulty for both patients and families. But it need not be so. The talk will explore why and how we can better prepare for our universal future. There is also widespread misunderstanding about palliative care and what it means. Although the Canadian Institute for Health Care Information suggests that up to 80% of deaths would benefit from palliative care involvement, only 15-30% of Canadians have access to such services. During this talk the terminology of palliative and end-of-life care will be explained and the scope of palliative care services which are now potentially available will be explored.
About the Speaker: Dr. Martin Tweeddale
Following undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in physiology and pharmacology, Martin completed his medical degree in the UK in 1967. An offer of residency training in internal medicine at McGill University precipitated a move to Canada in 1969. Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada was achieved in 1972, followed by an appointment at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical School in 1973.
During the first few years in Newfoundland, Martin became increasingly involved in intensive care medicine and helped to set up the first ICU in the University Hospital. The rest of his career until 2009 was spent in directing intensive care units, first at the Vancouver General Hospital and finally at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Portsmouth, UK.
Retirement brought him back to Canada and to Canmore. His involvement with the Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley began in 2014 and he has served on the Board since the official launch of the Society in September 2016.
Register online and join us on Zoom May 14, 2020 from 1pm to 2pm. Free Admission.