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Courses and Conferences

​Find out about workshops, conferences, and courses on palliative and end of life care for health care professionals in our Education Bulletin.

Workshops & Courses

Communication Workshop: Conversations in Palliative Care – Edmonton Zone

This is a one day interactive workshop to discuss palliative conversations that occur in the acute and community settings. Topics include a self-assessment, mindfulness, SPIKES strategy, and palliative and end-of-life conversations.

Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End of Life Care

Ongoing LEAP Workshops are a 2 day professional development session that offers an opportunity for active learning about current best practices in caring for patients with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. Topics of discussion include gastrointestinal issues; pain management; respiratory problems; delirium; palliative sedation; and difficult conversations.

The topics are presented with a special focus on family practice and community settings. The curriculum, designed by Pallium, was specifically for family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and pharmacists. In the past few years, licensed practical nurses have participated in this workshop as ​well.

Methadone for Pain in Palliative Care Course

This course is for doctors wishing to improve their knowledge and develop core competencies in methadone prescribing for pain management in palliative care.

Mainpro-M1 credit and Royal College CME credit (Section 1) accredited educational program by the Royal College

NOTE: This course is for learning purposes only. Physicians are required to obtain a methadone license from Health Canada prior to prescribing methadone.

Pain & Symptom Workshop - Edmonton Zone

This one-day workshop in the Edmonton Zone focuses on the care of the palliative patient. It includes case studies. The topics presented include: pain, dyspnea, GI complications, depression/anxiety/wellbeing, communication, delirium/palliative sedation and end of life care. The topics are presented with a focus on nursing environments in community and acute care practice.

Palliative Care Websites - Conference & Course Listings

Alberta Hospice and Palliative Care Association: resources, education, and conferences for public and health care professionals working in palliative care

Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association: resources, education, and conferences for health care professionals working in palliative care

Canadian Virtual Hospice - Courses and Conferences: view/post upcoming palliative and end of life care courses and conferences in Canada and around the world

Victoria Hospice – Health Professional Courses: Upcoming courses in palliative and end of life care for health care professionals