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Nov 28 and 29, 2013: The Calgary Pain Conference

Calgary Pain Education Foundation hosts an annual Calgary Pain Conference to cover advances in pain research and treatment, the prevention and management of acute and chronic pain and provides an overview of available programs and resources in Calgary.  All health care providers are welcome to attend!

This year’s Calgary Pain Conference will be held on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, 2013:

  • Nov 28, 2013:  Half Day Pre-Course, 1-4pm (New addition this year with limited spots available!)
  • Nov 29, 2013:  Conference

New location:  MacEwan Hall at the University of Calgary

For more information, click on “The Calgary Pain Conference” in the menu above, or click here:

The Calgary Pain Conference

We hope to see you there!

Pain Awareness Education Day on Nov 6, 2013

Come out for the Second Annual Pain Awareness Education Day on November 6, 2013 at 08:30 – 16:30 at the Alberta Room, University of Calgary.  This event is hosted by the Acute Pain Service, Department of Anesthesia, Alberta Health Services & the Chronic Pain Consult Service, Alberta Health Services.

Presentations include:

  • Pain Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 101: Review of pain basics.
  • Pain: A Patient Experience: A pain story of empowerment.
  • Pelvic Pain: Developments in pelvic pain treatment.
  • A Palliative Perspective: Opioid induced abdominal symptoms in palliative care: what can we do?
  • Naturaceuticals for Pain: Not your standard “ceuticals”.
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks: Expert review of peripheral nerve blocks for acute pain.
  • Peri-operative Pain Management: What can we do for patients having abdominal surgery?
  • Methadone: A treatment option for chronic pain.

For more details, please see the Pain Awareness Education Day 2013 Information Poster and Registration Brochure.

Save the Date for The Calgary Pain Conference 2013!

The Calgary Pain Conference will be held on Friday, November 29th, 2013 this year… save the date!

We are also hosting new workshops this year on Thursday, November 28th in the afternoon.  Stay tuned for more details!

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: