16th Annual Innovations in Palliative Care


Start 27 November, 2019, 7 45 AM

End 4 30 PM


680 Plains Rd W




Royal Botanical Gardens

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Natalie Park, CHSE Coordinator

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 20763

E-Mail: parkna@mcmaster.ca

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The 16th Annual Innovations in Palliative Care presents
PALLIATIVE CARE EDUCATION: By Everybody and For Everybody
  • Family Physicians and Primary Care Providers
  • Palliative Care Clinicians
  • Care of the Elderly Clinicians
  • Public Health Practitioners
  • Educators and Specialty Health Care Providers who teach and whose practice includes care of the seriously ill and the dying

At the end of this learning activity the learners will be able:

  • Gain knowledge regarding the history of palliative care education
  • Learn about current innovative initiatives
  • Integrate inclusive approaches to education in palliative care
  • Challenge conventional thinking regarding any education related to care of the seriously ill and the dying




Opening Plenary: Palliative Care Education: Navigating Needs, Pedagogy, Politics and Pragmatism

Dr. Jose Pereira

By attending this activity, participants will be able to:                                        

1) Describe the everchanging environment in which palliative care education finds itself, including opportunities and challenges;

2) Describe opportunities for palliative care education to contribute to emerging health education priorities and directions

3) Describe pedagogical, pragmatic and political influences on palliative care education and strategies on how to navigate these in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. 



Inter-professional Palliative Care Education Panel Inter-professional Palliative Care Education: Is the elephant in the room?

Moderator: Dr. Alan Neville

1) Nursing: Dr. Patricia Strachan

2) Royal College Perspective: Dr. Zahira Khalid

3) Interprofessional/Psychology: Dr. Joseph Pellizzari

4) Palliative Care Physician: Dr. Denise Marshall


Panel Objectives

By attending this activity, participants will be able to:                                                                                                                                      
1) Appreciate how their own and other disciplines and specialities have worked to integrate palliative care competencies into their undergraduate and post graduate curriculum.                                                                                                                                        
2) Understand the challenges of aspiring to practice inter-professionally when there is no specific training ground for it.                                                                                                                                                                                                               
3) Have opportunity to dialogue with our inter-professional colleagues regarding this challenge.


Workshop #1
EMS Bridging: Niagara EMS Initiative

Workshop Objectives

By attending this activity, participants will be able to: 

1) Understand the role of paramedics and community paramedicine in the palliative approach to care.

2) Understand the process of bridging the paramedic role to minimize transfers to the ED for patients requiring a palliative approach to care.

3) Apply the principles utilized by the Niagara Region and the EMS to the participants’ own situations to work towards a plan to implement a similar approach in their own region.


Workshop #2 
Serious Conversations in Serious Illness: A simulation for everybody

Workshop Objectives

By attending this activity, participants will be able to: 

1) Understand the value of simulation as a means of teaching and learning about communication.

2) Have opportunity to apply and develop approaches to challenging conversations in serious illness by use of a case study


Workshop #3
The use of social media and technology in palliative care education

Workshop Objectives:

By attending this activity, participants will be able to:

1) Understand the different platforms of social media & technological approaches and how these can be applied to interprofessional education and learning

2) Understand the limits of technological approaches when providing direct care for patients (and families) who are seriously ill and may require direct communication/ contact


Workshop #4   
Early Intervention of Palliative Care in Oncology

Workshop Objectives

By attending this activity, participants will be able to: 

1) Define what a palliative care approach means within their health care sector and within their particular discipline.  

2) Understand the challenges that exist for specific illness trajectories especially within oncology.

3) Develop strategies to approach interprofessional colleagues regarding the challenges of integrating the palliative approach to care in their practice.


Closing Plenary entitled, ‘Palliative Care Education: Snappy ideas’

Pecha Kucha #1: A learner’s perspective on palliative care education

Pecha Kucha #2: A tale of discovery of a palliative approach to care: Listening & reflecting with primary care.

Pecha Kucha #3: It has now been 200 years since Florence Nightingale: What would she think today?

Pecha Kucha #4: The pros and cons of using social media in healthcare.

Pecha Kucha #5: The public health approach to palliative care: A core, essential part of health science education


Pecha Kucha Objectives

By attending this activity, participants will appreciate a number of hot topics in palliative care education from the various perspectives within our Division and presented in a novel and stimulating way:                                       
a) a PGY-3 learner in the Year of Added Competence Program.
b) a palliative care researcher whose focus is primary care.
c) a School of Nursing faculty member challenging the conventions that have long limited the nursing role.
d) social media and technology as tools for learning and
e) The question for the future – if we are to build compassionate communities to address palliative care as a public health issue, shouldn’t palliative care education be for all?

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