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Feb 20 2013 Symposium: Pain and Aging: Do the Rules Change?

Please join us on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre from 12:00 pm to 4:15 pm.

The Calgary Pain Program is hosting “Pain and Aging:  Do the Rules Change?”

  • Setting the Stage:  Pain and Aging
  • Pain in the Elderly
  • Substance Abuse in Later Life (SAILL):  Exploring the Issues
  • Pain Assessment in Dementia
  • Falls in Older Adults:  Facts and Strategies to Reduce Falls in Seniors

Lunch will be served at 12: 00 noon and the Symposium will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.  Please indicate if you will be attending for lunch.

Attendance is by email RSVP only to Sylvia Vespa, prior to February 14th, on a first come, first serve basis as there is limited space.  For more details, please see the attached poster:

Chronic Pain Symposium Poster Feb 20 2013

Sept 2013: Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Pain Management

The aim of this program is to provide advanced education in collaborative pain management for healthcare professionals and provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary groups to address the multi-dimensional nature of pain.

The certificate is made up of three courses.  Each course runs over a 13 week period and are 3-credit graduate level which consists of 39 hours of instruction time per course.

The course director is Dr. Judith Hunter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta and University of Toronto, and a member of the UT Centre for the study of Pain (recent recipient of the 2013 award for Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education from the Canadian Pain Society).  Course contributors, representative of a variety of health related disciplines and include leaders in pain research, management and education from across Canada and beyond.

The three courses are offered in an online format in order to provide this learning opportunity to clinicians practicing in rural and urban settings.

The first course (series of three) begins September 2013.

For more information:

Feb 20 2013: Pain in the Elderly Symposium

Save the date for Wednesday, February 20, 2013 (12 pm to 4:15 pm) at the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.

The Chronic Pain Symposia Committee is hosting “Pain in the Elderly”.  Potential topics include medication management, poly-pharmacy, and co-morbidities.  More details to come!

Calgary Pain Conference 2012: Registration will be closing soon!

Act quickly – registration will be closing soon for the Calgary Pain Conference 2012.  We are almost at full capacity and walk-ins will not be accepted.  We hope to see you there!

The Calgary Pain Conference 2012: Early registration deadline!

Don’t forget to sign up for The Calgary Pain Conference 2012, which is being held at the Red & White Club at McMahon Stadium on Friday December 7th.  Early registration deadline is November 23rd!

Help make The Pain Diaries a full length feature film

The Pain Diaries was a play produced by Deborah Nicholson and featured in Calgary for one week in 2010.  After working at the Chronic Pain Centre and hearing about the experience of a number of patients, Deb felt there was a larger story to be told about the trials and triumphs of chronic pain and the many steps patients take to rebuild their lives.  While entertaining the community, Deb took the opportunity to educate health care professionals, patients, and families.

This year, Deb and her amazing team are planning to make The Pain Diaries into a full-length feature film that can be distributed worldwide, released on DVD, and seen on TV.

Please visit their site for more information and consider contributing to their fundraising campaign:

Imagine the impact The Pain Diaries film could have on chronic pain education around the world.

Nov 4-10 2012 is National Pain Awareness Week

Did you know?

17-31% of the general community report chronic pain, and 50% of hospitalized patients report acute pain of moderate to severe intensity… but pain is almost unmentioned in medical training.

Spread the word that November 4-10 is National Pain Awareness Week and show your support!

For more information, check out the Canadian Pain Coalition website:

Welcome to the Calgary Pain Education Foundation website!

We are a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting the transfer of knowledge on pain related disorders and treatments.

We host an annual conference in Calgary to cover advances in pain research and treatment, and the prevention and management of acute and chronic pain.

Our goal is to increase awareness of the many educational opportunities available to you on the topic of pain.  We hope you’ll be able to attend some of these events, enhance your knowledge about pain, and share it with others.