HPCO 2016 Annual Conference

Putting the Pieces Together – Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario

Sunday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Richmond Hill, ON


If rave reviews and excellent survey feedback from last year’s SOLD OUT conference are any indication, delegates will be flocking to register!

Join thought leaders, service providers, health system planners, researchers, policy makers, administrators and multidisciplinary, front-line practitioners from across the health care spectrum who gather at HPCO’s annual conference to collaborate and to integrate hospice palliative care across all settings.

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s Program Advisory Committee is pleased to present the Conference Program, which includes detailed descriptions for 55 concurrent workshops. The Program at a Glance is also available to provide an overview. Before starting your registration, review the program to make workshop selections. Register early to avoid disappointment!

Review registration information, including conference fees, for Putting the Pieces Together – Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario – Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s 2016 Annual Conference.

Keynote Speakers

The program advisory committee is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for HPCO’s 2016 Annual Conference, Putting the Pieces Together – Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario where renowned industry experts and leaders come together to share cutting-edge, evidence-based research, hospice palliative care innovations and expertise with like-minded system planners, researchers, policy makers and multidisciplinary, front-line practitioners from across the health care spectrum.

The program features thoughtful keynote presentations to open each of the three days of the conference which are followed by concurrent workshops in the research/clinical; psychosocial and the volunteer streams to provide something for everyone!

The Conference at a Glance provides an overview of keynote presentations, interactive workshops and practical learning featured in this year’s program.

Last year, 92% of delegates said the conference met or exceeded their expectations while over 92% of delegates indicated, through conference survey feedback, that information gained at the conference was expected to help initiate change in their practice.

THugh MacLeod Photohe Patients and Families Will See You Now. Are You Ready?
Hugh MacLeod, Founder, Global Healthcare Knowledge Exchange & Co-Founder, LEADS-Global; Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.





Richard Hain PhotoPaediatric Palliative Care: UK Models
Dr. Richard Hain, Consultant & Clinical Lead, Paediatric Palliative Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Cardiff, UK; Visiting Professor, University of South Wales; Honourary Senior Lecturer, Bangor University, Wales, UK; Welsh Paediatric Palliative Care Network




Jennifer Buchanan PhotoTune In – A Music Therapy Approach to Life
Jennifer Buchanan, Certified Music Therapist, Founder of JB Music Therapy & Author, Tune In, Calgary, AB




For more information about presenters and their talks, review the detailed description of the presentations.

The Carmelita Lawlor Lectureship in Palliative Care

The Carmelita Lawlor Lectureship in Palliative Care is made possible by the generous endowment at the University of Toronto established by Carmelita Lawlor who died from cancer.

Carmelita was cared for at home by a caregiver team led by Dr. Linda Rapson. The team was the forerunner for Trinity Home Hospice, now known as Hospice Toronto.

Carmelita wanted to ensure there was ongoing opportunity to learn about palliative care from well-known and respected people in the field.


This year’s recipient of the Carmelita Lawlor Lectureship is Dr. Mary Lou KelleyMary Lou Kelley Photo

Bringing Dying Back to the Community: Reflections and Insights

Mary Lou Kelley, MSW, PhD is Research Affiliate, Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH), Lakehead University; Co-chair, Advisory Committee, Northwestern LHIN Regional Palliative Care Program, led by St. Joseph’s Care Group; Chair, LEAP Advisory Committee, Pallium Canada.


HIT (Healthcare. Innovation. Technology.) Talks

Abstract Submission Deadline: Wednesday February 17, 2016

Back by popular demand, HIT (Healthcare. Innovation. Technology.) Talks will once again be featured this year!

The 15 minute presentations on Monday, April 18, 2016,  available to all conference delegates, are idea-focused presentations, designed to foster learning, innovation, inspiration and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking – to provoke conversations about hospice palliative care.

Abstract submissions are NOW OPEN, for individuals who are interested in being part of this unique plenary presentation format and experience!

* Presenters will be notified no later than Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

sick children logoThe Inaugural Provincial Symposium on Paediatric Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at The Hospital for Sick Children

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and The Hospital for Sick Children’s, SickKids Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) are partnering to present The Inaugural Provincial Symposium on Paediatric Palliative Care.

The full-day event, scheduled to follow HPCO’s 2016 annual conference, will be held onsite at the Hospital for Sick Children, located at 555 University Avenue, in Toronto Wednesday April 20th, 2016 from 9:00 – 5:30 PM.

The symposium’s program consists of clinical teaching, relevant research updates, ethical debates and a chance to network with clinicians, researchers, volunteers and engaged family members from across Ontario.

Grand Rounds:

  • The Case Against Neonatal Euthanasia – Babies, Brains and Badly Fitting Cuffs: Infant Interest and The Value of Life presented by Dr. Richard Hain, Wales, UK;
  • The Case For Neonatal Euthanasia – Killing or Caring? End-of-Life Decisions and Neonatal Euthansia in The Netherlands presented by Dr. Eduard Verhagen, Groningen, Netherlands (via videoconference).
  • Panel Discussion with both presenters.

The symposium also offers oral paper and poster presentations and two breakout sessions:

  • Supporting Grieving Families Before and After Death  – Telling The Story
  • Fostering Relationships Between Tertiary and Community Care Providers to Optimize Patient Care

The fee for this full-day symposium is $100 per person. (HPCO Conference delegates receive a reduced registration rate of $50.)

For more information, review the symposium program agenda, which includes location and parking details.

For more information, including registration information for trainees and parents, please email pact.info@sickids.ca or call (416) 813-6905.

Program Advisory Committee

The Program Advisory Committee led by its co-chairs, develop the annual conference program based on delegate feedback and the expertise of a volunteer abstract review team comprised of HPCO members, representing multiple disciplines from communities across the province. …read more