The Congress, hosted by the Palliative Care department at McGill University, has the theme of ‘Celebration’ and marks 40 years of palliative care at McGill. The purpose, according to conference chair, Anna Towers, and McGill Director of Palliative Care, Bernard Lapointe, is to “discuss the latest international trends in palliative care research, practice and health policy.”
The Congress will run until Friday 12 September and hosts palliative care professionals, volunteers, students and service users from the worldwide palliative care community.
The first day of the conference began with concurrent workshop sessions on palliative nursing, paediatric palliative care, whole person care for patients with cognitive impairment and a clinical master class on non-malignant disease and the patient with multiple co-morbidities.
Each day is set to begin with a variety of self-care activities such as yoga, reflexology, Tai Chi and Zumba, highlighting the importance of self-care in the working lives of palliative care workers.
Plenary presentations by international experts will address important topics in palliative care. Plenary titles include: ‘Towards Excellence and a Global Vision’, ‘Humanism and Palliative Care’, ‘Scientific Frontiers and Back to the Core’ and ‘Revisioning Palliative Care’.
To find out more about the event and to download the programme and abstract book, visit the Congress website.