Palliative Care Educational Archives



The Regional Referral Service for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Presenter: Kathryn MacIssac

Date: May 15, 2019


Advance Care Planning: Who will speak for you when you cannot?

Presenter: Alexis Peplinskie

Date: April 17, 2019


Addressing Aging into Mental Incapacity in Patients: Pitfall & Best Practices

Presenter: Madeleine Hebert

Date: March 20, 2019


Etiology and Management of Nausea and Vomiting Near the End of Life

Presenter: Leah Habinski

Date: February 20, 2019


Palliative Symptom Management Kit

Presenter: Nikita Matichuk

Date: January 16, 2019


Palliative Care Emergencies at the End of Life

Presenter: Aaron Medd

Date: November 21, 2018


North West LHIN Home and Community Care Division MAiD Program

Presenter:Dionne Sinclair

Date: October 17, 2018


Comfort and Dignity: Planned Death at Home

Presenter: Lynda Roussel

Date: September 19, 2018


Death is a Social Justice Issue: Results of a Needs Assessment

Presenter:: Yolanda Wanakamik

Date: June 20, 2018

Advance Care Planing Documentation in LTC: A Look at Local and Provincial Practices and Problems

Presenter: S. Kathleen Bailey

Date: April 18, 2018


Discharge Planning to First Nation Communities: Where Do We Go From Here? (Part 3) 

Presenters: Pierrette McLeod, Hilary Mettam

Date: March 21, 2018

Discharge Planning to First Nation Communities: The System: Non-Insured Health Benefits (NHIB), First Nation Inuit Health Branch (FNIB) and Home & Community Care (Part 2)

Presenters: Emily King, Robin Cano

Date: February 21, 2018


Discharge Planning to First Nation Communities: The Context: Stories of Discharge Planning (Part 1)

Presenters: Monica Hemeon, Priscilla Sky, Patty Everson

Date: January 17, 2018


Bereavement and Grief Resources

The palliative care philosophy supports patients and their loved ones throughout their grief journeys.  In this talk, the presenters discussed various grief and bereavement resources in our region

Presenters: Joan Williams and Carol Lee Thompson

Date: November 15, 2017


Assessments and Discharge Planning in Palliative Care from a Psychosocial Perspective

Many of our health care services/organizations have a client focused approach to care, however as we know, it takes a community of care to provide good palliative care. This presentation highlighted initial palliative care assessments related to the client’s goals as well as the emotional needs and goals of family members. There was a focus on identifying psychosocial emotional needs of family members related to palliative care planning.  

Presenter: Deb Spear

Date: October 18, 2017


Palliative Care Lunch & Learn Fall Series: Palliative Management of ALS in the Community with Attention to Respiratory Compromise

This session discussed the palliative care issue of home bound patients with ALS including clarification of goals of care and symptom management from the perspective of a community based Nurse Practitioner. 

Presenter: Donald Hutchinson

Date: October 4, 2017


Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall: Applied Theatre in Death Education

Have you considered the role creativity plays in what you do?  In the areas of my work and research, creativity expressed through applied theatre often holds a key role in areas such as engagement of trust, fruitful communication, interdisciplinary strategizing, and emotional and physical wel-lbeing (care given and self-care)

Presenter: Kery-Lyn Durant

Date: June 21, 2017


Difficult Conversations: Decision Making, Compromised Autonomy and Advance Care Planning

This presentation reviewed some of the conversations that health care providers have as clients approach end-of-life and consider practitioners feelings about compromised autonomy.  We will discuss the concept of how some family/loved ones and our clients will make decisions together.  Also examined why some clients, choose to have treatments they would otherwise not have for the sake of their family/loved ones.  Robin shared practical skills that will aid health care providers have these difficult conversations.

Presenter: Robin Cano

Date: May 24, 2017


Disenfranchised Grief: Finding hope and meaning in our work that involves death and loss

Healthcare providers may experience disenfranchised grief, which in turn impact their mental health and well-being.  The new matter, then, is how to effectively support direct care staff in assisting them to manage and prevent disenfranchised grief symptoms.

Presented by: Jo-Ann Vis

Date: April 19, 2017


Health Care Consent Act and Advance Care Planning: How to begin the conversation

This presentation gave participants an overview of Advance Care Planning (ACP) in relation to Health Care Consent and demonstrate how to initiate conversations for different client scenarios.  The presentation described some common misconceptions about ACP, and provided participants with a demonstration on navigating challenging conversations based on case scenarios.

Presented by: Jill Marcella & Robin Cano

Date: March 29, 2017


Managing Pain in Older Adults in the Community

Older adults in our community may suffer from acute and chronic pain issues.  There is often a high prevalence of pain among people aged 65+ due to unrecognition.  The consequences of untreated pain is depression, impaired cognitive function, impaired functional abilities, sleep disturbances, social isolation and increased health care costs.

Presented by: Robin Cano

Date: February 15, 2017


Differences Between the "D"s, Delirium and Dementia

Delirium is a severe disruption in a person's mental abilities that result in confusion and reduced perception of your environment.  The start of delirium is usually swift and often occurs within hours or a few days.  Delirium can frequently be traced to one or more contributing factors.  Knowing how to differentiate between delirium and dementia is essential for health care providers as symptoms of delirium and dementia can often resemble each other.

Presented by: Marlene Benvenuto

Date: January 18, 2017

Medical Assistance in Dying

The Supreme Court of Canada, in February 2015, ruled in Carter v. Canada that parts of the Criminal Code needed to change to comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The parts that prohibited medical assistance in dying under certain conditions would no longer be valid. The Supreme Court gave the government until June 2016, to create a new law. The federal government introduced legislation that now allows eligible adults to request medical assistance in dying.

In this workshop, we will discuss Medical Assistance in Dying and how current        legislation impacts practice for health care providers.

Presented by: Michelle Allain

Date: November 16, 2016


Understanding ALS

ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. Every day two or three Canadians die of the disease.

The focus of this presentation is to review the diagnosis process, identify symptoms and define forms of ALS. Explore what the client’s journey looks like. It will identify the struggles, the management of symptoms, the team approach to providing supports, and roles that they play, while recognizing the grief  process, end-of- life and palliative care requirements.

Presented by: Kim Barry

Date September 21, 2016


What You Need to Know About Funerals: But Were Afraid to Ask

At the time of death, or in the event of an imminent death, healthcare workers, especially those involved with palliative care, are often the people whom families will first ask for guidance about "what happens after the time of death?" or "what do we do now?"  Yet unfortunately, many professionals do not know any more about the subject than the average family.

This presentation is intended to provide you with enough basic information to provide families with practical assistance as to some of the decisions they will need to make, and some of their options in funeral arrangements.  Thus removing some of the fear and apprehension for the family, and ultimately allowing them to make more informed decisions and experience "good grief."

Presented by: John-Bryan Gardiner

Date: June 16, 2016


The Role and Experiences of Hospice Northwest Volunteers

The goal of this presentation is to provide a brief description of Hospice Northwest and to offer an understanding of the services that it provides.  We will identify how Hospice Northwest volunteer services work in the community, hospital and long-term care homes.  This presentation will address the unique experiences and challenges Hospice Northwest volunteers and the rewards of working with clients.

Presented by: Joan Williams, Allison Skirtschak, Sue Raynak, Katherine Smith & Larry Dicks

Date: May 19, 2016


Advance Care Planning: Where to Begin and How to Continue the Conversation

The goals of this presentation is to promote an understanding of why advance care    planning conversations are relevant to care planning, share practical skills in initiating conversations and to foster an understanding of how those conversations might change over the progression of diseases.

Presented by: Robin Cano & Jill Marcella

Date: April 14, 2016


Planning an Expected Death in the Home: Community Services and Supports, and the In-Home Chart

This presentation will explore what is available  to people who wish to die at home and the supports to help them and their caregivers achieve this.

Presented by:Lynda Roussel

Date: March 17, 2016


Who should be driving the palliative care bus? Putting the community in the driver's seat!

Lakehead University Distinguished Research Presentation 

Presented by: Dr. Mary Lou Kelley 

Date: March 8, 2016


Palliative COPD and CHF Program (PCCP)

The PCCP is a demonstration project in partnership with NW CCAC, MOHLTC, TBRHSC and SJCG and provides patients with an earlier palliative approach to care in order to increase quality and quantity of life.

Presented by: Dr. Kevin Miller & Melora Serediuk

Date:  February 18, 2016


Developing Age-Friendly Communities: A World Health Organization Initiative 

This presentation focuses on the importance of developing and sustaining age-friendly communities, in light of aging populations. 

Presented by: Dr. Kevin Willison 

Date: January 26, 2016

Introducing a New Resource: "Developing Palliative Care in First Nations Communities: A Workbook"

A new workbook has been launched that is based on the findings of the 5 year research project Improving End of Life Care in First Nations Communities (EOLFN), funded by CIHR.

Presented by: Dr. Mary Lou Kelley & Melody Wawia

Date: January 21, 2016

Health Care Consent in relation to Advance Care Planning 

Define Health Care Consent; Describe key terms and concepts in relation to Health Care Consent; Determine the Health Care Provider role in context to Health Care Consent and promoting Advance Care Planning; Select helpful and comprehensive resources.  

Presented by: Marg Poling  

Date: November 19, 2015

Lessons Learned from a Career in Palliative Care  

Develop a deeper understanding of what really matters at the end of life.  Explore the topic of what fuels/supports in practice in palliative care in the long term.  Explore the old, new concept of a public health approach to palliative care. 

Presented by Marg Poling and Sue Bailey 

Date: October 15, 2015

Grief and Bereavement 101: Developing our understanding and compassion 

To examine the foundational principles of grief, mourning and bereavement; To explore some of the myths surround grief; To review some of the different types of grieving; To explore attitudes and values surrounding grief and bereavement; To encourage companioning as a way to support grief. 

Presented by: Kathy Kortes-Miller

Date: September 16, 2015

Using the Palliative Performance Scale in LTC

Identify when to use the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) in Long Term Care; Demonstrate how to complete a PPS assessment; Describe how the PPS can be used as a tool to communicate changes in the resident's palliative care needs to the resident's family and health care team.
Presented by: Jackie McDonald & Valerie Jensen
Date: May 21, 2015

Advance Care Planning Resource Development for First Nation Communities
Understanding of how the ACP resources were developed and evaluated; knowledge of what content about ACP was found to be culturally appropriate for First Nations people and their preferred learning methods; knowledge of how to use the developed resources in practice with First Nations people
Presented by: Kimberly Ramsbottom
Date: April 16, 2015

Powers of Attorney: Deciding who will make decisions for me when I can't:  Understand the function  of Power of Attorney documents; understand the distinctions between Powers of Attorney for Personal care and Continuing Powers of Attorney for Property; describe the role and responsibilities of those named as AttorneyÙs for Personal Care and/or Property; explore common questions and ethical issues related to Power of Attorneys and how to address them.
Presented by: Michelle Allain, Bioethicist
Date: March 19, 2015

Death, Dying and Grieving: Using the traditional medicine wheel as a foundation, Elder Gerry Martin provides insight into death, dying and grief support he has facilitated throughout his experience working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
Presented by: Elder Gerry Martin, Lakehead University
Date: February 19, 2015

Fluids in Palliative Care: Noah or Moses?:  Understand the altered physiology of fluid balance in terminal illness; understand the potential risks and benefits to fluid hydration at the end of life; develop an approach to appropriate use of supplemental parenteral fluids in palliative care.
Presented by: Dr. Kevin Miller, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Date: January 15, 2015

Supporting a Person with a Developmental Disability in the Community: explore challenges and successes in the Developmental Services Sector; discuss supporting the care providers; elaborate on the value of community partnerships.
Presented by: Trisha Murphy, Community Living Thunder Bay
Date: December 4, 2014

Peer-Led Debriefing: discuss grief in long-term care; provide clarity on the purpose of peer-led debriefing; increase awareness of the importance of self-care in long-term care
Presented by Jackie MacDonald, St Joseph's Care Group
Date: November 20, 2014

Concepts of Advance Care Planning in Health Care Services: define and review concepts of advance care planning; promote the understanding of Health Care Consent and the Substitute Decisions Act; Share information and conversation starters for Health Care Providers
Presented by: Kimberly Ramsbottom, CERAH
Date: October 16, 2014

Introduction of the Palliative Performance Scale in the Netherlands: palliative care in the Netherlands; palliative care in Amsterdam, Dutch health care insurance system; results of research on palliative performance scale
Presented by: Wim Jansen, Centre for Expertise in Palliative Care VU University
Date: May 27, 2014