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Thursday May 2

10:30 AM     Exhibitor Set Up

11:00 AM    Registration:  Second Floor Lobby:  Dalhousie Student Union Building

12:00 PM    Lunch:  MacInnis Room:  Second Floor: Dalhousie Student Union Building

12:45  PM   Conference Opening

1:15 PM    Gillian MacMicheal Lectureship in Palliative Care: Early Integration of Hospice Palliative  Care       

Dr.  Jessica Simon,  MB ChB, FRCPC, Associate Professor, Division Head, Palliative Medicine, University of Calgary; Physician Consultant, Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services;  Co-lead, ACP CRIO program and PaCES project.

This session will focus on the intersection of cancer and palliative care, and what does a true integrated palliative approach look like?   How can teams work together and what lessons/tools can be applied to other specialties? 

2:45 PM     Nutrition Break

3:15  PM    Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): Two Years Later


This session will provide participants with an update regarding the implementation of medical assistance in dying in Nova Scotia from a variety of perspectives.    Panelists will discuss the impact on practice, lessons learned and share recommendations for moving forward. 

4:30:PM:  Close of Day 1

7:00  PM  Movie Screening and Discussion

Join us for a discussion of the academy award nominated Netlfix documentary: End Game. 

Friday May 3

8:00 AM  Coffee and Refreshments

8:30 AM:  Implementing the Palliative Approach:  An Update from the Nova Scotia Health Authority

9:30  AM   Pharmacology and Palliative Care

What is new and what are some of the challenges facing the practice of palliative care ie:  shortage of opiods, addictions, and legalization of cannabis.

10: 45  Break

11:15:  Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care:  Practical Applications


This session will provide an overview of the education provided to health professionals and others to facilitate advance care planning and goals of care. Panelists and participants will discuss tools available, challenges,   when GOC conversations should be had with patients and how disciplines can best work together in ensuring patients’ goals and wishes are met. 

12:30 Lunch

1:15:  Palliative Care in the Emergency Room

2:30    The Role of Community in the Early Integration of Palliative Care

3:30     Wrap and Closing

4:00     Conference Closes

Additional Information:

We are pleased to be partnering with the Nova Scotia Health Authority Cancer Program in the development of content for this conference.  The Spring Provincial Cancer Network (PCN) Meeting and the NSHPCA Annual Conference will occur as back-to-back meetings. This will enable those interested to consider attending both meetings. The Provincial Cancer Network meeting is a learning opportunity for health professionals with an interest in oncology, May 1-2, 2019.  For more information on the PCN meetings, please contact Alyssa Hennigar at   

****PCN Attendees can attend the May 3 portion of the NSHPCA Conference by completing the registration process on this site, please register for the PCN option. 


For those requiring overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Atlantica Hotel at 1980 Robie St, Halifax, NS.   The conference room rate is $117.00 + tax per night and includes parking.   To reserve your room, please contact the hotel reservation line at 1-888-810-7288.  Rooms will be available at the conference rate until March 22, 2019 and subject to the hotel cancellation policy.