27th Annual Provincial Palliative Care Conference

Keep it Simple
September 13 & 14, 2018

Thank you to everyone who made this event a great success!

Palliative Manitoba’s 27th Annual Provincial Palliative Care Conference “Keep It Simple” was held September 13 – 14th, 2018 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The goal over the 2 days was to promote conversations and provide interactive sessions that clarify the philosophy of a palliative approach to care and service provision. Delegates had an opportunity to explore their own and others’ perceptions of palliative care, while enhancing their ability to provide quality care to individuals and their families who are facing life-limiting illnesses and bereavement.

The conference started off with Thursdays opening keynote speaker, Dr. Bernard Lapointe, Director, Palliative Care McGill and Chief, Jewish General Hospital spoke about “Where we began and how we have changed – Palliative Care half a century later”. Thursdays closing keynote, Dr. Susan McClement, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba spoke about “Research 101: Poking and Prying with a Purpose”.

Fridays opening keynote speaker, Andre Picard, award winning author and journalist spoke about “Why we should Care about End of Life Care”. The conference closed with keynote speaker, Dr. Mike Harlos, Medical Director of Adult and Pediatric Palliative Care Program, WRHA on the topic of “On stuff I’ve learned and things I’ve seen – a reflection on 27 years working in Palliative Care”. This was followed by a tribute to Dr. Mike Harlos for his soon retirement.

Throughout both days we had 24 concurrent sessions; this included a rich and varied number of plenaries and concurrent sessions, bringing together valuable experience and insights from a broad cross section of individuals who are in the palliative care field. Presenters included physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, spiritual health practitioners and volunteers.

This accredited conference hosted over 350 people consisting of members, speakers, exhibitors, delegates, award winners, guests, and of course the helpful volunteers and staff of Palliative Manitoba.

The Honorable Sharon Carstairs and Dr. Raymond Currie presented the 2018 Sharon Carstairs Caring Community Award to the Pediatric Palliative Care Program to help provide families with pewter necklaces near to or after the death of their infant, child or adolescent.

Conference Brochure


“I enjoyed all the keynote speakers and I am very pleased with the breakout sessions I chose” – Conference Delegate

‘Found all speakers engaging and knowledgeable in their topics. I’ve taken something away from each one” – Conference Delegate

“All great topics, great source of learning!” – Conference Delegate

“I loved the way the conference was well organized and thoughtfully structured” – Conference Delegate

“It was a very good conference and I took a lot of ideas and inspiration home with me” – Conference Delegate

Conference Objectives
  • Advance the knowledge and skills of individuals working in the field of palliative care
  • Advance the delivery of palliative care in Manitoba by advocating for increased awareness,  navigation of systems, and utilization of available services
  • Provide a networking opportunity for people interested in the field of palliative care
  • Provide an opportunity for informal caregivers to learn more about palliative care
Continuing Education Credits

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Manitoba Chapter for up to 10.00  Mainpro+ credits. This program is designated an accredited learning activity by the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba for pharmacists in Manitoba.  Individuals can only claim credit for the actual number of hours attended.

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!


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