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!

Dec 7 2012: Calgary Pain Conference is coming soon!

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 Friday, December 7th, 2012.

We are excited to welcome our keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Frank Keefe
  • Dr. Jay Shah
  • Dr. Arya Sharma
  • Dr. John Pereira

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


We hope to see you there!

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.

Feb 4 2013: Chronic Pain Management for the Family Physician Mainpro-C Course

Save the date for Monday, February 4, 2013!

This course is designed to provide an overview of key issues in chronic pain management. Two additional days will be arranged to provide a clinical preceptorship at the Chronic Pain Centre that responds to the needs of the individual learner.

For more information, click on the following link:


Nov 6 2012: First Annual Education Day on Pain Awareness at the Foothills Medical Centre

UPDATE October 17/2012:  Sold out!  Registration is now closed.

In celebration of National Pain Awareness Week, the Department of Anesthesia is hosting the First Annual Education Day on Pain Awareness on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 from 8am – 4 pm, at the Foothills Medical Centre.

The objective is to assist healthcare professionals understand multidisciplinary approaches for the treatment of pain by sharing advances in research and innovative strategies for pain management.

For more information and registration, see the brochure here:

2012 Education Day on Pain Awareness Brochure

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: