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Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association 27th Annual Conference

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Atlantica Hotel Halifax

1980 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3G5


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Thursday, June 1st

06:00 pm – 08:00 pm: Registration & Mix & Mingle (Cash Bar)

07:30 pm – 11:00 pm : Movie Screening: Being Mortal: Atwul Gwande

Friday, June 2nd

07:30 am - 08:30 am: Registration

08:30 am - 09:00 am: Welcome

09:00 am - 10:15 am : Plenary Session – Gillian MacMicheal Lectureship in Hospice Palliative Care – Canadian Virtual Hospice

Grief and Bereavement: Supporting Our Patients and Each Other

  • Presenter to give an overview of the new and innovative ways of managing grief and bereavement beyond traditional approaches. Attendees will be given tips and tools on how to support families and patients from anticipatory grief to death and bereavement.

  • Presenter: Fred Nelson, Clinical Team Member, Canadian Virtual Hospice

10:15 am - 10:45 am: Nutrition Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Plenary: Medical Assistance in Dying: Professional Practice

    • This session will provide an overview of the implementation of the medically assisted dying legislation in Nova Scotia, from a variety of professionals perspectives.

    • Panelists: Gordon Gubitz, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Division of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Kevin MacDougall, RSW, Regulatory Practice Consultant, NS College of Social Workers, Jennifer Best MN RN, College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, Jylene Simmons LPN BA , College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia

    • Moderator: Christy Simpson, Head and Associate Professor, Department of Bioehtics, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University

12:00 pm – 13:30 pm: Lunch & NSHPCA AGM

13:30 pm – 15:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions

a) Medical Marijuana: Evidence and Practice

  • This presentation will aim to review the evidence for the use of cannabis derivatives with a focus on palliative care as well as practical issues such as access, availability, dosing and monitoring of effectiveness

  • Presenter: Dr. Andrea Burry, MD, Trauma Healing Centre

b) Conversations About Advanced Illness, Dying and Death with Children

  • This session will provide information and advice regarding how to address the concepts of serious illness and death with young family members of patients, and with pediatric patients with a life limiting illnesses.

  • Panel

15:00 pm – 15:30 pm: Nutrition Break

15:30 pm – 16:45 pm: Plenary Session – Paramedics Providing Palliative Care at Home

  • This session will provide an overview of the paramedics providing palliative care at home program, including an evaluation of results to date, referral process, case studies, frequently asked questions and experiences of front line providers.

  • Panel

17:00 pm – 17:30 pm: Celebration of Life

17:30 pm – 18:30 pm: Free Time

18:30 pm – 19:00 pm: Mix & Mingle (Cash Bar)

19:00 pm – 20:30 pm: Banquet

  • Gillian MacMichael Award Presentation

  • NSHPCA Presentation

  • Ina Cummings Award Presentation

Saturday, June 3

08:30 am – 09:00 am: Plenary Session: Hospice Palliative Care in NS

  • Presenter: Cheryl Tshupruk, Provincial Palliative Care Coordinator

09:00 am – 10:30 am: Concurrent Sessions:

a) Cultural and Spiritual Considerations in Hospice Palliative Care – Presented by Canadian Virtual Hospice

  • How Do Different Cultures Experience Dying in our Health System: What do people want providers to know- What Does a Good Death Mean?

  • Presenters: Hodan Nalayeh and Kali Leary, Canadadian Virutal Hospice

b) Adverse Events in Palliative Care: What Does an Adverse Event Mean for a Clinician, Patient and Caregivers?

  • Presenters Christy Simpson, Head and Associate Professor, Department of Bioehtics, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, and Patrick Simms, Clinical Nurse Educator, Central Zone Palliative Care Program

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Nutrition Break

11:00 am – 12:30 am: Concurrent Workshops

a) Social Media, Death, Dying and Bereavement

  • This session will explore the ways in which issues about end of life are portrayed in social media. The presenter will discuss how social media can be used as a mechanism for education and advocacy for issues surrounding end of life. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore how social media is impacting the practice of hospice palliative care and grief and bereavement. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to discuss their experiences with social media and what supports are needed for professionals, volunteers and patients.

  • Panelist: Marissa Ambalina, Communications Specialist, Canadian Virutal Hospice, Dr. Fred Nelson, Clinical Team Member, Canadian Virtual Hospice

  • Moderator: Roy Ellis, Grief and Bereavement Coordinator, Capital Health Palliative Care Program

b) Alternative Therapies

  • This session will discuss the framework and a bit of history for specific therapies (based in Martha Rogers nursing theory), provide some related examples for use in palliative situations, and do a demonstration with a volunteer from the audience.

  • Presenter: Rev. David Maginley

12:30 pm – 13:00 pm Evaluation and Closing Remarks

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