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Patient and family resources
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PACT Research

Biennial SickKids Paediatric Palliative Care Symposium

Lots of individuals at SickKids, and indeed across Ontario, are interested in clinical or research aspects of pediatric palliative care. Unfortunately, we rarely have a chance to interact, learn from each other and network. In 2009, the Team for Research with Adolescents and Children in Palliation and Grief (TRAC-PG), a network of pediatric palliative care researchers, organized a symposium to rectify this. Although the formal TRAC-PG network is no more, we continue to come together as a pediatric palliative care community once every two years at our Paediatric Palliative Care Symposium.

Each symposium attracts more than 100 clinicians, researchers, family members and volunteers interested in palliative care for children. The day starts with a key note address at our hospital wide grand rounds given by an invited distinguished guest from the field. The remainder of the day is filled with learning opportunities, presentations of new research findings, expert panel discussions, and more. The food is always great and there is ample time to connect with others who share similar interests.

We look forward to the next biennial symposium in 2018.  Thanks to all who attended!