Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference 2023

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference (CHPCA Conference) is the country’s premier hospice palliative care conference. The conference will return to an in-person format this year at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel from October 12 – October 14, 2023. 

Bringing together hospice palliative care professionals of all stripes, the CHPCA conference program offers a wide variety of sessions and topics. This biennial multi-day learning and networking event features cutting-edge presentations and research findings with a mix of applied and academic discussions.  

The 2023 CHPCA conference will focus on the following streams, including the latest research, knowledge translation, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on these topics. Please see our abstract guidelines to see stream sub-themes: 

  • Clinical Practice 
  • Underserved Populations and Equity: including Pediatrics, Indigenous Community, and Long-Term Care 
  • Health Systems, Public Health, Compassionate Communities, and Integration 
  • Advance Care Planning, and Grief and Bereavement 
  • Policy, Advocacy, and MAiD 
  • Leadership and Management 

The CHPCA Conference is a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with nearly 500 hospice palliative care professionals from a variety of disciplines and roles in hospice palliative care including: 

  • Physicians 
  • Nurses  
  • Pharmacists 
  • Hospice palliative care specialists 
  • Allied healthcare professionals
  • Caregivers 
  • Volunteers 
  • Spiritual advisers  
  • Social workers  
  • And others! 

Join us this fall for three plenary sessions, dynamic challenge issues panels, workshops, oral presentations, poster sessions, and connecting with other hospice palliative care professionals from across Canada. 

The conference will also feature pre-conference symposiums on October 11th and 12th. 

Stay tuned for more program details.

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Conference Theme: A Palliative Revolution

The health care sector is navigating a time of significant change. These changes present a timely opportunity for hospice palliative care to revolutionize itself and its place in Canadian health care systems. It’s time to explore new paradigms, to connect with fellow innovators, and to renew our commitments to excellence in care and accessible comprehensive palliative care in Canada.

As the community of palliative care providers, researchers, and supporters comes together at the CHPCA Conference this fall, we can transform the role of palliative care in health across the country. Ensuring and enhancing someone’s quality of life is the bedrock of the palliative approach. While building upon that foundation, we can revolutionize palliative care through innovative research, collaboration across disciplines, vocal advocacy for systems change, and radical compassion for those who need it most.

If we are bold enough, loud enough, and beholden only to compassion and care, can we give birth to a palliative revolution?

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