The Canadian Pain Society is having their Annual Scientific Meeting May 22-25, 2018 http://www.canadianpainsociety.ca/
You may apply for a Patient Scholarship which allows any patient or caregiver (relating to pain) free travel/attendance to the meeting. Apply at this link: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.canadianpainsociety.ca/resource/resmgr/events/2018_ASM/Awards/2018_Patient_Scholarships.pdf. Application deadline is April 11, 2018.
The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research is an international leader in children’s pain research. The interdisciplinary research conducted by their faculty, students, and staff tackles many facets of children’s acute and chronic pain. They are committed to conducting high-quality research on how to better understand, assess, and manage children’s pain and translating this research into improved practice.
Their site provides an overview of their work, including current research activities at the Centre, information about their faculty and students, as well as links to useful resources on pain assessment and management in children.
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) is a federally incorporated not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 1986, dedicated to the prevention and reduction of pain, pain-related suffering, and disability.
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) believes people of all ages in Canada have the right to pain management services. Occupational therapists have the knowledge, skills and expertise to address pain management at individual client, community and policy levels. Occupational therapists utilize interventions that focus on optimizing occupational performance and engagement, developing self-efficacy and pain self-management skills, acquiring pain health literacy, and the prevention of chronic, enduring pain.
The Pain Science Division is a special interest group of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association that serves physiotherapists who have an interest in better understanding and managing pain and in connecting with like-minded clinicians, educators and researchers.
The Canadian Academy of Pain Management is dedicated to promoting excellence of care for pain sufferers; through comprehensive professional development for professionals who care for pain sufferers; in a context of interdisciplinary collaboration; and through adherence to the core professional attitudes and acquisition of knowledge essential for caring for pain sufferers.
Accreditation by the Canadian Academy of Pain Management acknowledges that the accredited member demonstrates a high standard of appropriate knowledge of the field of Pain Management and demonstrates the core attitudes requisite for the respectful, skilful, and compassionate care of pain sufferers.
The Canadian Pain Strategy Initiative (CPSI) started with the Canadian Pain Summit and the events leading up to that Summit. The blueprint for a Canadian Pain Strategy was developed and released and was endorsed and celebrated at the Summit. To date the CPSI has not been successful in getting the federal government to form a task force to develop and implement a Canadian Pain Strategy. The CPSI believes a national pain strategy is the best way to assure access to best practice pain care for all Canadians from the time of birth to the end of life. They will continue to advocate for this.
The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre is the third pillar in the tripod of what is anticipated to be an internationally important initiative.
In Hamilton, the identification of the problem of chronic pain and the need for development of effective treatment is increasingly absorbing more attention and focus.
The National Pain Centre has the basic science program currently in the Institute for Pain Research and Care, robustly accented with related research in its sister institutes.
McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences currently operate the largest university-affiliated pain centre in Canada, with over 13,000 patient visits annually. This provides clinical care as well as training for health care professionals in pain management, and a unique opportunity to evaluate the impact of guidelines on care.
The combination of basic science, clinical care and education, and now the National Pain Centre’s development of best practice guidelines will make the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care unequalled in the international quest to resolve the problem of chronic pain.
The mission of The Chronic Pain Association of Canada is to prevent and relieve unnecessary pain and to improve the quality of life and daily function of people who suffer from pain through education and awareness.
The Canadian Pain Society is a society of scientists and health professionals who have a vested interest in pain research and management. As a chapter of the IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain), the CPS supports the treatment of pain as a basic human right and is currently advocating for a Canadian National Pain Strategy.
Better care, less pain, more gain.