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National Pain Awareness Week
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WHEN: November 8, 2016
            6:30 pm

WHERE: Atlantica Hotel
              Halifax, Nova Scotia

Is the War on Opioids Hurting People with Pain?

Public Presentation presented by the Chronic Pain Association of Canada

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Lynch MD FRCPS

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WHEN: November 10, 2016
            7:30 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE: Salter Auditorium

SickKids, Toronto

Conquering the Hurt: Pain Connections Body Mind and Spirit


Pain is a complex experience and much attention is placed on the physical symptom of pain and its management.  The theme of body, mind, and spirit recognizes the biopsychosocial aspects of pain, and will focus on the challenges of assessment and management from this foundational perspective.

We are very pleased to have Dr. Friedrichsdorf as our keynote this year.  Stefan has a wonderful way of engaging audiences with his vast pain knowledge base and wonderful presentation style, as well as his great sense of humor!  We know the audience will gain new insights in treating the body, mind, and spirit following his presentation.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Margot Latimer and Mr. John Sylliboy present our closing keynote presentation! Margot and John's presentation will bring awareness to how aboriginal children experience and communicate their pain. Using a "two-eyed seeing" perspective, which embraces the strengths of both Western and Aboriginal knowledge, this presentation will improve the audiences understanding of the experience of pain for Aboriginal children and the merits of implementing this approach in the context of pediatric pain. 

Learning Objectives

  • At the end of this conference you will be able to:
    Build upon clinical knowledge and skills of pain assessment and management that incorporates the recognition and relationship of pain on the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Understand the role that culture, spirituality, developmental stage, and emotions have in shaping the pain experience.
  • Identify the benefits of psychological, physical, and arts based therapies for the management of pain in children.
  • Through interactive opportunities learn how to incorporate complementary and alternative, arts based, mind-body, and behavioural strategies into a comprehensive pain management plan.       
  • Review the evidence base for these various modalities of therapy in pediatric pain management.

“This event has been approved by the Canadian Paediatric Society for a maximum of 5.25 credit hours as an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPS, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.”                                                  

WHEN: November 10, 2016
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

WHERE: Gallery

SickKids, Toronto

ACHH Art Exhibit:

Directly following the Conquering the Hurt Conference, PICH2GO is excited to host the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing Initiative's (ACCH) "Art from the Heart" Exhibit– our final event! Aboriginal children have a higher incidence of pain rate than do non-Aboriginal children. ACHH’s gallery emerged from research aiming to understanding how Aboriginal children experience, perceive and communicate their pain to others  and highlights these unique and under recognized expressions of pain. The ACHH exhibit will feature a small presentation by Dr. Margot Latimer (PI of ACHH) and Mr. John R. Sylliboy (ACHH Community Research Project Coordinator) and will be followed by opportunities for individual discussion.

Refreshments will be provided. 

To register and for further information please click here to go to the Conquering the Hurt registration site.

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2016

WHERE: The University Club of McMaster, Alumni Memorial Hall - Building #8, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON

Persistent Post-Surgical Pain
A Model for the Study of Chronic Pain

Featuring Professor Matthew Chan

Target Audience:

Clinical Researchers, Basic Scientists, Behavioural Scientists, Rehabilitation Scientists Residents, Students and Other Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this activity participants will be able to:

  • Review cutting edge evidence as it relates to persistent post-surgical pain and acquire knowledge in this area
  • identify implication, indications and interpretation of persistent post-surgical pain.
  • Discuss the concept of and difficulties surrounding the study of persistent post-surgical pain.

Click here for accreditation information, the full agenda, and registration.




Pain BC has created a collection of NPAW materials for distribution!
The materials are based on Pain BC's #livingwithpain experiment which is intended to raise awareness about persistent pain and foster empathy. 

To view their poster click here!

To view their #livingwithpain social media campaign click here .