2016 Annual Regional Conference

Hot Topics and Trends in Hospice Palliative Care

Thursday June 2nd, 2016 & Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Casino Rama, Orillia

Conference Outline

Conference Presentations:

Keynote Presentation: Judith Wahl, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) “Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning in Ontario: Fairly good law, not always best practice.”

Keynote Presentation: Rick Firth, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO)


2015 Fall Conference

Awareness and Implementation of Compassionate Interventions in Hospice Palliative Care

Thursday September 24, 2015
Liberty North, Barrie


Conference Speakers

Darcy L. Harris, Ph.D., FT: The Practice of Presence

Dr. Darcy Harris will explore the healing aspects of compassion in working with individuals and their loved ones who face life-threatening illness. Participants will be invited to explore ways to cultivate and demonstrate compassion towards themselves and those in their care. The presentation will include cultivating an understanding of what compassion is and what compassion-based practices involve, learning to attend to suffering in a way that allows for healing to occur, addressing the cumulative effects of loss in one’s work, and approaching stressors and external constraints with compassionate awareness.

Kelly Hubbard, RN, BScN, MHSc, CHPCN: Chicken Soup for Whose Soul?

This presentation will describe the ethical principles that guide treatment decisions. It will identify the benefits and burdens of artificial nutrition and hydration, and describe the skills needed for compassionate and competent conversations with the patient and family members.

Diana Tikasz MSW RSW: Creating Resiliency Through Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

This is an interactive workshop and will include a review of compassion fatigue and related concepts; taking stock, warning signs, targeting areas for strategic planning; evaluating self-care at work and home, identifying triggers/vulnerabilities, and will help with developing a personalized strategic plan for mitigating and transforming compassion fatigue. Participants will feel inspired to make meaningful changes in their personal, professional and organizational lives in addition to learning practical strategies for identifying and dealing with the costs of caring.

Fall Conference Flyer

Fall Conference Speaker Bio’s


2015 Regional Conference

The Importance of Partnerships in Palliative Care
Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27 2015

Our 2015 Regional Conference was held at the Casino Rama Conference Centre, Orillia. If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy our speakers at the event, feel free to view their presentations below.



  • Recognize current provincial and regional direction in palliative care.
  • Examine components of an effective and comprehensive palliative care team.
  • Explore the value of therapeutic communications.

Target Audience:  All providers of hospice palliative care. This conference will provide valuable information for all disciplines, and is a wonderful networking opportunity for the entire team involved in palliative care.

 This program has been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is awaiting final accreditation by the College’s Ontario Chapter.

Accreditation Information
Agenda – Day 1
Agenda – Day 2
Driving Directions
Frequently Asked Questions
Regional Conference Flyer
Registration Information and Fee Schedule
Regional Conference Registration Form
Regional Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors
Session Descriptions and Learning Objectives – Day 1
Session Descriptions and Learning Objectives – Day 2
Speaker Bios – Day 1
Speaker Bios – Day 2






Please find the following presentations from the Muskoka Conference in Huntsville (Oct. 21):

Compassion Continuum, Dr. Glenn Robitaille
Consent and Capacity, Dr. Rebecca Verhaeghe
Where Do We Turn – Panel Discussion Case Studies