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NATIONAL PAIN AWARENESS WEEK 2018

All Upcoming Events*
Click on the links to scroll down for more information:

National | Online

Therapeutic Photography Photo Campaign | Nationwide | Online

Online Photography Exhibit of BC Women's Photos of Life with Pain | Online

Pain BC Social Media Campaign | B.C.

CRPS Awareness Day Monday | Online

Atlantic Canada:

Dalhousie University's Pain Awareness Month Events | Halifax

Chronic Pain Seminar | Nova Scotia

Quebec:

MUHC "Journeys through Health" | Montreal General Hospital

Ontario:

PICH2GO Conference | Toronto

SickKids Activities | Toronto

The ILC Ehlers Danlos Syndromes & Chronic Pain Learning Conference| Toronto

Multimedia Interactive Exhibit | St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto

Chronic Pain Management Info Booth | Thunder Bay

Alberta:

Alberta Heath Services - 7th Annual Education Day for Pain Awareness | Calgary

British Columbia:

Pain BC Social Media Campaign | B.C.

Therapeutic Photography Photo Campaign | Nationwide | Online

Online Photography Exhibit of BC Women's Photos of Life with Pain | Online


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Wondering how National Pain Awareness Week came to be? You can read about it HERE!

To submit your National Pain Awareness Week plans, click HERE. Be sure to include all the details and contact information.

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CRPS Awareness Day Monday | Monday, November 5th

November 5th - 9th | Online

For this targeted chronic pain awareness campaign, Sandra Woods has created a set of original images to show Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), formerly Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), in a different light. Each image will have accompanying text, within the social media post. The images use her own (one-handed due to CRPS!) smartphone photos. You can find them on Twitter here hashtag #crpsOrangeDay, which represents flame orange, the colour for CRPS, due to its burning neuropathic pain.

 
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The ILC Ehlers Danlos Syndromes & Chronic Pain Learning Conference

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 9:00am -  6:00pm

Learning Objectives

Academic (CME) and Patient (Wellness education):

  • To inform on user-friendly, relevant, and psychometrically sound practices of patient wellness education.
  • To review the current evidence in the management of multi-system, connective tissue and chronic pain, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) namely in allergy and immunology, physiotherapies and mindfulness-based therapies.
  • To recognize the implications, indications and interpretation of physiotherapy and mindfulness tools for the management and treatment of chronic pain in EDS and heritable connective tissue disorders.
  • To incorporate a practical approach for the comprehensive management and follow up of patients with chronic pain in EDS in the family physician, physiotherapist and specialist practices.
  • To consolidate a network of medical professionals with an interest and expertise in EDS, connective tissue disorders and chronic pain diseases.

By the end of the 2018 Conference, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe up to date diagnostic and treatment criteria in the management of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and chronic pain risk management.
  • Incorporate a practical best evidence approach to the optimal management of the EDS and chronic pain patient population to minimize the risk of doing too much of the wrong thing and not enough of the right thing.
  • Understand implications, indications and interpretation of common chronic pain diagnostic tools with EDS as a model of optimal care in this patient population.
  • Understand the fundamentals of evidence-based healthcare concepts, skills and tools of pain management
    through patient/physician partnerships for improved quality of life.
  • Discuss advances in the management of acute and chronic neurological and neurosurgical disorders relating to connective tissue disorders.
  • Identify areas where there are gaps in learning (unperceived needs) not realized before attending the Conference and extend this professional learning after the Conference to improve care of patients.
  • Presenters
    • Nimish Mittal
    • Brianne Burton
    • Dr. Peter Vadas
    • Patricia E. Meegan
    • Jaisa Sulit

For more information, and to register: ILC Ehlers Danlos Syndromes & Chronic Pain Learning Conference

Sandy Smeenk, Executive Director
W. www.theilcfoundation.org
E. Sandy@theilcfoundation.org
O. 416-822-3494

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Alberta Heath Services - 7th Annual Education Day for Pain Awareness

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 8:00am – 4:30pm | Red and White Club, Calgary  

Objective: To assist healthcare professionals to understand multidisciplinary approaches for the treatment of pain by sharing advances in research and innovative strategies for pain management within Alberta.

Audience: Nurses caring for patients with pains. All healthcare disciplines are welcome.

Cost: $100.00

For more information and to register online click here.

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Dalhousie University's Pain Awareness Month Events

When Dalhousie University (Halifax NS) staff and faculty completed a Workplace Health Survey last year, a major finding that emerged was a large number of self-reports of working in pain.  In response, Human Resources has created a pain self-help group and also has put together a series of events to connect staff and faculty around the topic of pain.

The following is a list of events that are part of Dalhousie’s Pain Awareness Month. Click on each title for more information:

Pain Awareness: Becoming Your Own Advocate | Thursday, November 8th

Pain Awareness: Your Healthy Back (Halifax & Truro) | Thursday, November 15th

Pain Awareness: More Tools for the Toolkit - Part 1 (Halifax & Truro) | Wednesday, November 21st

Pain Awareness: More Tools for the Toolkit - Part 2 (Halifax & Truro) | Monday, November 26th

Intro to Qigong | Thursday, November 29th

Working in Pain? Ask a Physiotherapist | Friday, November 30th

General inquiries: healthy@dal.ca

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SickKids Pain Awareness Week Events

Click here for full calendar

Pain Huddles: Trivia & Pain Q&A by the Pain Service APNs | Monday to Friday
Unit Based

Patient & Family Event
Coping Circus: Mind/Body Clinic | Monday, November 12th
Garden Patio (Atrium) | 11am - 1pm

Staff Event
Lunch & Learn: Chronic Pain & Working with Families | Monday, November 12th
Room 5704 | 12pm - 1pm | Pizza lunch provided!

Staff Event
PICH2GO Conference | Tuesday, November 13th
Click HERE to register

Staff Event
Lunch & Learn: Get Up and Go Persistent Pediatric Pain Service  | Tuesday, November 13th
Room 7704 | 1pm - 2pm | Pizza lunch provided!

Patient, Family & Staff Event
"What I wish you knew about my pain..." | Wednesday, November 14th
Garden Patio (Atrium) | 11am - 2pm

Patient, Family & Staff Event
"What I wish you knew about my pain..." | Thursday, November 15th
Garden Patio (Atrium) | 11am - 2pm

Click HERE for a full PDF of activities.

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Pain BC Social Media Campaign

Pain BC is leading a social media awareness campaign during National Pain Awareness Week.

They are encouraging people living with pain to share what they’d like others to know about chronic pain and its impacts. Participants are also encouraged to include a photo of themselves, to increase awareness of the many faces of chronic pain.

To share your story, use the hashtag #LivingWithPain. Follow Pain BC on Twitter at @painbc and on Facebook at facebook.com/painbc.

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Chronic Pain Seminar: Complexities of Management
A Multidisciplinary/Community Approach

Tuesday, November 13th | 6:00 - 8:30pmNew Minas, N.S.

This session is open to those who work with people living with pain and those who live with pain. There will be local community resources on display and a panel discussion, which will include a physiotherapist, a chiropractor, the Interdisciplinary Team leader of the Berwick Chronic Pain clinic and Virginia McIntyre, the facilitator of the Annapolis Valley Pain Self-Management Education Support group.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Sam Hickcox, medical director, Atlantic Mentorship Network-Pain and Addiction. Chief Mark Mander MBA O.O.M(Rt’d) will also share his personal journey with pain. Further details can be found here.

This is a free event but pre-registration is a MUST!  The uptake has been overwhelming with over 100 people already registered! 

To register: click HERE to send an email to the organizer.

Please note this event is organized by three people who live with persistent pain.

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PICH2GO Conference
Tuesday, November 13th | SickKids, Toronto

The Pain in Child Health (PICH) research initiative is proud to announce the upcoming PICH2GO conference, hosted at SickKids. The theme is “Moving the Field of Paediatric Pain Forward: From Cells to the Patient”.

PICH2GO Toronto will showcase a line-up of dynamic speakers who will present on emerging topics in the field of paediatric pain that span approaches in basic science and clinical research.

The conference includes keynote lectures, interactive panel discussions, workshops, presentation of clinical cases, and didactic lectures.

To see conference details and to register, please CLICK HERE.

SickKids staff can register as PICH Faculty under registration type.

Date:               November 13, 2018

Time:              7:45am – 4:45pm

Where:           Robert Salter Auditorium

Audience:       Open to all

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Multimedia Interactive Exhibit | St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Wednesday, November 7th | Upper Marketeria
Thursday, November 8th | LKSKI Lobby 1st Floor

Multimedia interactive exhibit focusing on Opioid safety and efficacy: what patients, practitioners and prescribers need to know for safe and effective opioid use in controlling pain

Wednesday, November 7, Upper Marketeria from 8:30am - 1:30 pm

Thursday, November 8, LKSKI Lobby 1st floor from 8:30am - 1:30pm


General inquiries:  logane@smh.ca

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Chronic Pain Management Info Booth | Thunder Bay
Friday, November 9th | Victoriaville Mall | 9:00am - 1:30pm

On Friday, November 9th, from 9:00am - 1:30pm, the SJCG Chronic Pain Management Program will be hosting a info booth in Victoriaville Mall for Pain Week.

Chronic pain can take over much more than just our bodies, it can feel like it has taken over our lives. If you or someone you know is living with unmanageable Chronic Pain, the Chronic Pain Management Program at St. Joseph's Health Centre can help!

If you have questions or would like to find out more about our program, the Chronic Pain Management Team will have a table at the Victoriaville Mall!

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Therapeutic Photography Photo Campaign | Nationwide | Online

Online Photography Exhibit of BC Women's Photos of Life with Pain | Online
November 4 - 10 | Online

National Pain Awareness Week takes place November 4-10, 2018. To help raise awareness, Full Blume Wellness is hosting an online Pain Awareness Photo Campaign and sharing an online Pain Photography Exhibit. The campaign and exhibit are intended to provide powerful visuals of how lives are impacted by chronic pain. You're encouraged to join in and be part of the #painaware2018 campaign and please take the time to view the compelling photos in the photo exhibit. For more information CLICK HERE

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MUHC "Journeys through Health" | Montreal General Hospital

 

For a completely different way to raise awareness of chronic pain, folks in Montréal can visit the MUHC "Journeys through Health" public art exposition at the Montreal General Hospital. Works presented are by medical students, healthcare professionals, MUHC employees, patients, caregivers, and a few professional artists.

This art show runs from October 2018 through the end of May 2019, in the hospital's main hallway: Cedar Avenue, 6th floor Main Entrance. Click HERE for more information.

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*NOTE: these listings are for information only and  DO NOT represent an endorsement by the Canadian Pain Society.