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Palliative Awareness Week - May 5 to 10, 2014

Palliative Awareness Week - May 5 to 10, 2014

Providence Health Care’s Palliative Care Program is pleased to present a series of educational events to mark national Palliative Awareness Week.  This year’s theme is Lifelong Living: Plain Talk about Palliative Care.
Our aim is to increase widespread awareness and understanding of the benefits and practice of palliative care in BC, and to improve access to palliative care information and resources that are practical and helpful to health care providers and families.
Educational events have been made possible through a generous anonymous donation to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

Public Forum

Monday May 5, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel (Junior Ballroom)
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

Join us for some thoughtful conversation about the role of Palliative Care in helping people live as well as they can for as long as they can. Keynote speaker Dr. Harvey Chochinov, a renowned Canadian palliative care researcher, will discuss what dignity really means to people, and how health professionals, family caregivers and patients themselves can safeguard and promote dignity during the most difficult times.
Visit www.lifelongliving.ca for more details. This event is free of charge but requires pre-registration online or by calling 604-682-8206.

Monday, May 5
Medicine Noon Rounds
1200-1300   SPH - Hurlburt Auditorium

“Communication in Serious Illness” with Dr. Harvey Chochinov

Dr. Harvey Chochinov is a Winnipeg-based psychiatrist and palliative care researcher who focuses on the concept of dignity among people with a life-limiting illness.
Dr. Chochinov leads a team of researchers at the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit. Together, they have developed essential principles and guidelines to help health care providers, patients and families understand what dignity really means to people, and how it can be safeguarded. Their work demonstrates how Attitude, Behaviour, Compassion and Dialogue are key to helping people maintain their dignity in the face of serious illness.
Dr. Chochinov is the Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care, and a past recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal as well as the Order of Manitoba. He has also authored more than 150 publications and co-edits the Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine, published by Oxford University Press, and the Journal of Palliative and Support Care, published by Cambridge University Press.

Tuesday, May 6
Palliative case studies & discussion
1030-1130   SPH - Conference Room 6

With Dr. Harvey Chochinov 

Palliative Display at St. Paul's
1100-1400   SPH - Cafeteria Hallway

Check out resources and information about palliative care and test your knowledge about the principles and benefits of this approach to care.

Mindful Practice for Health Care Workers: Coping with Loss & Creating a Healthy Work-Life Balance
1400-1530   Holy Family Hospital - Fireside Lounge

With Lynette Pollard-Elgert, Living Through Loss Society

Lynette Pollard-Elgert is Executive Director and a therapist for the Living Through Loss Counselling Society. She isa Family Life Educator; Registered Clinical Counsellor; and a Certified Reality Therapist. She is certified in BC as a Grief Counsellor and Thanatologist through the Association for Death Education and Counselling, (ADEC).

Wednesday, May 7
Lunch & Learn
1300-1400   MSJ - Harvest Room B

"21st Century Palliative Care" with Dr. Pippa Hawley, BC Cancer Agency

RSVP to Pat Richardson prichardson@providencehealth.bc.ca

Dr. Pippa Hawley is a General Internist and the Team Leader for Pain and Symptom Management at the BC Cancer Agency. She is also Palliative Care Division Head at UBC. Dr. Hawley teaches on pain management and palliative care at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as at CME events and to the public through various disease-specific support groups.

Palliative Display at Mount St. Joseph
1130-1300   MSJ - Harvest Room A

Information and resources about different aspects of palliative care:

  • Palliative Care and social media
  • Hunger/thirst vs. nutrition/hydration
  • Alzheimer Society of BC – First Link

Thursday, May 8
Lunch & Learn
1200-1330   SPH - Conference Room 6

“Having conversations with patients/ family about death and dying”, with John Dubé, Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC

John Dubé is an experienced clinician with Living through Loss. Drawing from his years of counseling bereaved people, he will describe how best to provide and facilitate careful and thoughtful conversations during the most difficult time in the lives of our patients/families. 

Family Education (residential care)

Self-care: Loss, Grief & Bereavement

Saturday, May 10
1100-1230 (brunch provided)
St. Vincent's Langara

With Lynette Pollard-Elgert, Executive Director, Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC