22nd International Congress on Palliative Care

Tuesday October 2, 2018 to Friday October 5, 2018
Montreal, QC

22nd  International Congress on Palliative Care

October 2-5, 2018




Oral Abstract Submissions:    January 19, 2018

Poster Abstract Submissions: May 31, 2018


The 22nd  International Congress on Palliative Care will take place from October 2 to 5, 2018, at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, Canada.  Organized under the auspices of Palliative Care McGill, McGill University, the Congress will once again welcome the worldwide palliative care community, as multidisciplinary colleagues from 60 countries gather to share experiences, exchange ideas, learn from world renowned experts, and refresh their skills, all while renewing their commitment to providing the highest standard of care. 

Announcing an exciting roster of plenary speakers:


Global Palliative Care

·        David Clark, Sociologist, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

·        Okello Kelo Sam, Former child soldier, Founder of Hope North Uganda, a school for former child soldiers using music to help children deal with grief, Uganda


Care as a Value

·        Emmanuel Hirsch, Professor of Medical Ethics, Université Paris-Sud, Paris, France

·        Luce Des Aulniers, Anthropologist, Associate Professor, Faculty of  Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies on Death, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada


Caring for the Frail Elderly

·        Bettina Husebø, Associate Professor, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

·        Jean-Marie Gomas, Chair, Scientific Committee, Société Française d'Accompagnement et de soins Palliatifs; Head of the Palliative Care Unit, Hôpital Sainte Perine, Paris, France


Evaluating our Practices

·        David Currow, Professor of Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

·        Barbara Pesut, Canada Research Chair, Health, Ethics and Diversity, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada


The Way of Peace: Compassion and Caring as the Way Through

·        Lynna Chandra, Trustee, Yayasan Rumah Rachel (Rachel House), Palliative care for children in Indonesia, West Jakarta, Indonesia

·        Thupten Jinpa, Celebrated author & principal translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama; Adjunct Professor, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada

·        Father Laurence Freeman, Catholic Priest, Benedictine Monk, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation,



The always popular All-Day Seminars will again offer focussed, in-depth discussions of a range of topics including:


Clinical Master Class:

Innovative approaches to Pain Management In collaboration of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Pediatric Palliative Care:

Rethinking the ‘Palliative’ in Pediatric Palliative Care: An Interprofessional Examination of “All Things Palliative” in our Research and Practice

Psychosocial Issues:
Anticipatory Loss – an all-day workshop

Palliative Care 101:
Using a Palliative Approach to Care:  Any time, Anywhere, for Everyone


Human Relationships:  Exploring the Threads of Quality Palliative Nursing Care

Community Mobilization, Advocacy and Volunteers:


Whole Person Care:
Mindful Medical Practice:  Experience an innovative course developed for McGill medical students


In addition, Special Seminars will address: Palliative Care Nursing; Research Methodology; Pharmacotherapy and Palliative Care; Bereavement; Culturally competent palliative care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis; The Role of Funeral Professionals in Advanced Care Planning and Bereavement Support; and much, much more



Abstracts on all topics related to palliative care are welcome.  A full list of subject categories as well as submission instructions can be found on the Symposium website.  Click here to go straight to the Abstract submission page.


Submission deadlines:

Oral presentations (Workshops, Proffered Papers, Research Papers): JANUARY 19, 2018

Poster presentations: MAY 31, 2018


For more information, please visit www.pal2018.com or call +1 (450) 292-3456, ext 227.