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May 24th & 25th, 2018
               Nova Scotia Provincial Palliative Care Conference

Conference Schedule:

Thursday - May 24
   11:00am - Registration Opens and Exhibitor Set Up
   12:30pm - Welcome and Conference Opening

Presentations by the Western Zone and NSHA

   1:30pm - Gillian MacMicheal Lectureship in Hospice Palliative Care:
            Early Integration of Hospice Palliative Care

            Dr. Sandy Buchman, Associate Professor, Department of Family
            and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Temmy Latner
            Centre for Palliative Care, Sinai Health System

            Dr. Buchman's presentation will focus on the benefits and
            approaches of early integration of hospice palliative care
            across settings.  Practical examples/case studies will be
            presented.

   3:00pm - Nutrition Break
   3:30pm - Existential Suffering

            Dr. Maureen Allen, Emergency Medicine and Palliative Care
            Physician, Antigonish, NS

            The concept of total pain was introduced by Cecily Saunders:
            physical, social, psychological and spiritual suffering.
            Existential suffering can be thought of as distress within the
            three main spheres of total pain: Spiritual factors (belief in
            afterlife for example); psychological factors (sense of self
            for example) and social factors (connectedness to others for
            example).

            These three sources of pain are not to be thought of as separate
            identities because they are all interconnected.  Therefore, these
            three spheres cannot be treated in isolation but must be treated
            in unity to affect a patient's experience of physical pain.
            Terminally ill patients are frequently confronted with severe
            existential symptoms and spiritual distress that challenge
            palliative care providers.

            This presentation will provide participants the opportunity to
            discuss the concept of existential suffering and how we can
            best support patients and families.

   6:45pm - Participants meet in lobby of Old Orchard Inn for Wine Tour

            Discover some of Nova Scotia's most storied and beautiful
            wineries as you are whisked away aboard the Wolfville Magic
            Winery Bus (WMWB) for an evening of tasteful adventure in the
            heart of Nova Scotia wine country.

Friday - May 25

   7:30am - Registration Opens
   8:30am - Welcome Update from the Nova Scotia Health Authority

            Cheryl Tschupruk, Director, Palliative Care Integration, Nova
            Scotia Health Authority

   9:30am - Workshop: Serious Illness Conversations and Developing Goals
            of Care

            This workshop will provide participants with knowledge and
            practical tools to help ensure that a patient's values, goals
            and wishes are not only discussed, but reflected in care planning
            and decision making for patients with serious life-limiting
            illnesses.

   10:30am - Nutrition Break
   11:00am - Serious Illness Conversations Workshop Continues
   12:00pm - Time of Honor and Reflection
   12:30pm - Lunch andNSHPCA AGM

   1:15pm - Pain Management

            Dr. Debra Gowan, Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative
            Medicine, Department of Medicine,  Dalhousie University, Nova
            Scotia Health Authority

            Dr. Gowan will discuss current concepts, developments and
            challenges in pain management for patients approaching end of
            life.

   2:45pm - Nutrition Break

   3:00pm - Complex Cases in Hospice Palliative Care

            Dr. Sandy Buchman

   4:45pm - Wrap Up and Evaluation

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June 22nd, 2018
                               Rope For Hope

                     What: Adrenaline-pumping rappel fun!

                     When: Friday, June 22

                    Where: Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, NS 

   Rope For Hope is a unique challenge event that calls on participants
to raise funds to support wishes, in exchange for a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to rappel 15 storey's down the side of a building at Halifax`s
waterfront.

   70+ people will be brave in support of amazing wish children who battle
critical illness every day.  Your participation can help to change lives!

   Register Today: www.ropeforhope.ca
and at: here  to secure your spot. 

   Event manager: Joyce Nifort, Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces,
   Phone: 902-466-9474, ext. 3 or email: joyce.nifort@makeawish.ca