The next McGill International Palliative Care Congress will take place from October 15-18, 2024.

Categories: Education.

Every 2 years since 1976, Palliative Care clinicians, scientists, and advocates have gathered in
Montréal, the city in which Palliative Care took its name, to discuss their latest research, to connect, and to celebrate the humanism inherent to our work.

We are excited to announce that the next McGill International Palliative Care Congress will take place from October 15-18, 2024.

Several transversal themes run through the congress to comprise a cutting-edge program that promises to engage, challenge, and inspire attendees.

Uncertainty: Uncertainty – geopolitic, environmental, technological – is a defining feature of this moment in time in ways that resonate with the experience of people affected by serious illness. What do we have to learn from them? What can we do to better palliate the experience of uncertainty?

A plenary by celebrated Indigenous author and musician Tomson Highway and rising star Arielle Dempsey will address this important subject.

Music and Connection: What is the role of music in the care of our patients, in the care of ourselves, and in the connections we build with patients and those who love them. Dan Goldman, musician and hospice music therapist, and Stefanie Blain-Moraes, a bio-mechanical engineer, will engage plenary attendees in an interactive session to bring theory and practice to life.

Equity in Palliative Care: If there is something about which we can be certain, it is the importance of diversity, equity, and belonging in our efforts to expand access to and quality of palliative care. Two leading experts – Kimverly Aquaviva and Naheed Dasani – will share their respective experience and insights into improving the care of seriously ill LGBTQ2S+ patients and their families and those affected by homelessness.

Finally, a French plenary will tackle the subjects of biology, philosophy, and palliative care from the perspective of a noted biologist, Olivier Hamant, and Anselme Kananga, a Belgian Nurse Practitioner and founder of the Palliafamilli network in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For a taste, we invite you to see some of the recorded plenary sessions from the 2022 congress here:

Preceding the congress this year will be an extraordinary pre-conference workshop, in English and French, entitled PalliPsych: applying psychiatric and psychotherapeutic insights to enrich palliative care; and a public lecture featuring the world-renowned and best-selling crime-fiction authors Donna Leon, Louise Penney, and Judith Flanders.

Over the months to come, we’ll share more about the work of these dynamic speakers, and about the congress as a whole. For now check out the congress website –

And submit an abstract – open until February 28th .


ehospice – official partner of the McGill International Congress on Palliative Care” 
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