Team approach to palliative care focus of local conference

October 11, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH) and the North West Regional Palliative Care Program at St. Joseph’s Care Group will be hosting a two-day Teaming up for Whole-Person Care conference on Oct. 24 and 25 in Thunder Bay.

Focused on sharing and strengthening the work of interdisciplinary approaches to palliative care, and identifying the tools and resources available to support a whole-person, team-approach to care, the 2019 Northwestern Ontario Palliative Care Booster Teaming up for Whole-Person Care is for local and regional healthcare professionals, educators, students and palliative care volunteers.

There will be a variety of sessions held throughout the two days, including a keynote address on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. by Dr. Robert Sauls, Clinical Lead of the Ontario Palliative Care Network. Dr. Sauls will discuss the new Palliative Care Health Services Delivery Framework, and what it means to frontline workers and their leaders.

Other presentations include the Anishinabek approach to palliative care, the role of allied health in palliative care, and the regional care delivery systems taking place in smaller communities, such as Atikokan and Geraldton.

“There is a role for everyone in health care to provide primary palliative care, and actually a role for all of us as community members and human beings too,” said Stephanie Hendrickson, Knowledge Broker, CERAH. “This event is an opportunity for health care providers to learn how to support each other as a regional team, as we work together to meet the needs of those who could benefit from a palliative approach to care.”

The two-day conference will be held Oct. 24 and 25 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in Thunder Bay.

Free public session on Oct. 24

There will be a free public session, Die-Alogues – Conversations on Life and Death, hosted by Hospice Northwest on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. The session will focus on ensuring your wishes for end of life care are documented by engaging in advance care planning.

For further information, please visit or call 807-766-7271.

The registration deadline for both events is Friday, Oct. 18.

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