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  • 31 Jul 2015 9:03 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Mark Your Calendars! 

    Supporting Canadians Living with Dementia

    CAG-ACG 2015 Pre-Conference Session

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    The Westin Calgary, Calgary, Alberta


    On behalf of the Provincial/Territorial Health Care Innovation Working Group, we are pleased to announce a full-day forum on Supporting Canadians Living with Dementia, taking place as a pre-conference session at the 2015 Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG-ACG) Annual Conference.

    Supporting Canadians Living with Dementia is focused on fostering knowledge translation and collaboration by sharing research and best practices, showcasing leadership and policy strategies and discussing innovative approaches to care. Program sessions will examine issues related to dementia, such as the personal dementia journey, acute care management, primary care models, the economics of caregiving, and technology supports to enhance community-based care.

    Registration is Open!

    Visit http://cag2015.ca/registration/ to register today by selecting the Supporting Canadians Living with Dementia Pre-Conference option on the CAG Annual Conference Registration Form. Your $75 Pre-Conference registration fee includes the session presentations, breakfast and lunch on October 23rd.

    Advance Programs Available

    To view the English program, visit www.cag2015.ca/program/preconference/dementia

    To view the French program, visit www.acg2015.ca/programme/evenements-plc/maladies-apparentees

  • 22 Jul 2015 9:36 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Date & Place- April 18-20, 2016 Dubai, UAE. 

    Description- OMICS International welcomes you to attend the 2nd Global Meeting on Clinical Case Reports during April 18-20, 2016 Dubai, UAE. We cordially invite all the participants who are interested in sharing their knowledge and research in the arena of 2nd Global Meeting on Clinical Case Reports. 

    Clinical Case Reports-2016 anticipates more than 200 participants around the globe with thought provoking Keynote lectures, Oral and Poster presentations. The attending delegates include Editorial Board Members of related OMICS Group Journals. This is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from Universities and Institutes to interact with the world class Scientists. The intending participants can confirm their participation by registering for the conference along with your colleagues. Avail the delegate early bird offer.

    Contact E-mail- clinicalcasereports@conferenceseries.net 

    Contact Name- Elsa Reeth 

    Website URL- http://clinicalcasereports.conferenceseries.com/

  • 15 Jul 2015 9:31 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    http://ubccpd.ca/course/PPPC2015

    Sep 18 (Fri) | Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre | Coquitlam BC
    Target audience:
    Psychiatrists, pharmacists, primary care physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers.

    Up to 5.75 Mainpro-M1/MOC Section 1 credits

    (This conference will also be accredited for CCCEP.)

    Registration: https://events.ubccpd.ca/website/index/110460

    Highlights:

    •  This year’s theme is: Balancing Risks and Benefits to Improve     Adherence.
    •  Plenary lectures and smaller workshops with lots of time for Q & A.
    •  Lunchtime Working Group: Clozapine Serious Adverse Drug Reaction BC Surveillance Monitoring Project (Limit 30 participants.)

    Keynote Presentations:

    Treatment Adherence in Bipolar Disorder

    Martha Sajatovic, MD.

    Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, Case Western Reserve University

    Director, Geropsychiatry Program, and Neurological and Behavioral Outcomes Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center

    Willard Brown Chair in Neurological Outcomes Research, Cleveland

    Improving Outcomes for People with Schizophrenia

    Robert Zipursky, MD, FRCPC.

    Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

    Pre-Conference Workshop: Strategies for Managing Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care

    Sep 17 (Thur) 1300-1600

    Up to 2.75 Mainpro-M1/MOC Section 1 credits

    Format: Brief presentations with cases, featuring the following topics:

    • Incorporating Measurement-Based Care for Mood Disorders into Clinical Practice
    • The BC Practice Support Program Adult Mental Health Module: Implications for Primary Care
    • Use of Antidepressants in Ambulatory Settings

    Lunch provided prior to course, at 12:30. Limit of 50.

    Please contact UBC CPD for more information at cpd.info@ubc.ca Phone: 604-875-5101 Website: ubccpd.ca

  • 10 Jul 2015 9:59 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The 8th Canadian Conference on Dementia (CCD) will be held in downtown Ottawa in 2015 with a dynamic program! Join us on October 1st – 3rd, 2015 at The Westin Ottawa Hotel for two-and-a-half jam-packed days of exceptional learning opportunities while spending time with friends and colleagues in the Nation’s Capital.

    The 8th CCD brings together a group of national and international scholars to share clinically relevant, cutting-edge developments in dementia research.

    The program includes a plethora of original, eclectic, and interactive workshops, as well as poster presentations. This year’s conference boasts a faculty of new and dynamic presenters. Learn about exciting new research on the use of technology to assist individuals with cognitive impairment and debate the use of biomarkers in clinical practice. As usual, the conference will conclude with clinicopathological vignettes – a true opportunity to test the knowledge that you have gained from the conference with real time cases! This year’s conference will utilize new technology to allow for more interactive participation from the audience.

    The 8th CCD organizing committee is please to invite you to join us for a Welcome Reception on Day 1 and a Dinner on Day 2, giving you an opportunity to network with your friends and colleagues while dining…and for those who joined us in 2013 fabulous entertainment that had everyone out on the dance floor! Don’t be left out, we are anticipating record-breaking attendance, so be sure to register early to guarantee your place and to benefit from the Early Bird Rate.

    We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!


  • 10 Jul 2015 9:55 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Conn D, Gibson M, & McCabe D. (2014). 2014 CCSMH Guideline Update - The Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Issues in Long Term Care Homes: (Focus on Mood and Behaviour Symptoms). Toronto: Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH).

    Gage L & Hogan DB. (2014). 2014 CCSMH Guideline Update: The Assessment and Treatment of Delirium. Toronto: Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH).

    The Guideline Updates summarize significant developments in the practice since the publication of the original guidelines in 2006. The Assessment and Treatment of Delirium focused on prevention. The Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Issues in Long Term Care adds a new recommendation related to optimize prescribing of psychotropic medication in long term care.

    The Guideline Updates are authored and reviewed by experts associated with the original guideline development project. Please refer to the original guidelines for more detailed information regarding the specific practice recommendations. Also available in French.


  • 09 Jul 2015 4:50 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Some of you may remember that the initial announcement about the formation of the CAGP took place in Saskatoon during the 1990 Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting, at the section on geriatric psychiatry of which roughly 25 psychiatrists were in attendance.  Since that time, much has changed in the landscape of geriatric psychiatry in Canada.  As we approach the 25th anniversary of the CAGP in 2016, Geriatric Psychiatry has evolved into an entity more independent of general psychiatry, particularly in the last few years with the new Royal College subspecialty designation.

     Nonetheless, the CAGP and CPA remain closely aligned. The Council of Academies meets twice yearly to explore ways in which the CPA and academies can collaborate to meet the diverse needs of child, geriatric, forensic, CL and adult psychiatrists.  The CPA also has CAGP representation at all levels including their annual scientific meeting and their Board of Directors.  Below is an up-to-date list on the different ways in which the CPA continues to work strategically with the CAGP to support our work:

    • The CPA strongly advocated that geriatric psychiatry receive subspecialty recognition from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and for funding of these positions.
    • CAGP and the CPA collaborated in developing a list of psychiatry recommendations for Choosing Wisely Canada.
    • The CPA consulted with multiple stakeholders including CAGP to develop a survey on subspecialty psychiatric training to assist in advocating for PGY6 funding.
    • CPA and CAGP have worked together to meet with the federal government to discuss seniors’ mental health.
    • CPA worked with CAGP to arrange for participation in an expert panel on end-of-life and palliative care hosted by the federal NDP.
    • The Academies in Action section of CPA’s bi-monthly e-newsletter Psych-e, features a message from academy presidents.
    • The President of CAGP sits as a member of the CPA Board of Directors, and the CPA’s Council of Academies, constituted of academy presidents, reports directly to the CPA Board.
    • The CPA now considers contributions made to Academy leadership activities as qualifiers for CPA Fellowship status.
    • The CPA and the academies have convened a roundtable to share strategic activities and discuss how to more effectively work together.
    • The CPA negotiates significant hotel and meeting room space.  CAGP members benefit significantly from this when the CAGP Conference is held concurrent to the CPA Annual Conference. Savings have been historically in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.

    We are also exploring other areas of synergy in research and publications.  In our view, there is much to build on in terms of our joint track record of achievement!

    If you have any ideas for further collaboration between the CPA and CAGP or feedback on the work to date, we are eager to hear from you.


    Mark Rapoport, MD, FRCPC, President, CAGP (mark.rapoport@sunnybrook.ca)

    Donald Addington, MD, FRCPC, CPA Board Cahir (chairman@cpa-apc.org)

  • 09 Jul 2015 3:55 PM | CAGP (Administrator)


     Make your plans now for “IPA’s Oktoberfest,” that is the 2015 IPA

    International Congress which will be held 13-16 October in Berlin, Germany.  With the theme, “Balancing Cure with Care: Advances in Late Life Mental Health,” the program will discuss balancing races for the cure against the undeniable obligation we have as mental health professionals to care for our patients and their families.  This issue is more important today than in the past.  In fact, increasingly care and cure are blended in our professional lives such that the most effective interventions of today combine cure and care oriented approaches.  The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and our congress will address this compelling issue as well as the full spectrum of mental health issues for the elderly …all issues, all disciplines, all around the world.

    Here is an overview of the 2015 IPA International Congress, 13-16 October 2015:

     PRE-CONGRESS PROGRAMS • Tuesday, 13 October 2015

    Start your congress experience off with a one-day focused program on one of these three important topics:


     Imaging and Biomarkers Workshop

    Imaging is increasingly being used by clinicians to enhance accuracy of diagnosis and to give important information regarding co-morbid pathologies which have an impact on management and prognosis. Imaging changes are increasingly entering clinical diagnostic criteria, and consensus clinical criteria for all main subtypes of dementia now include information about imaging changes.  In addition, many clinical guidelines for dementia emphasize the need for informed, appropriate application of different imaging modalities in varying clinical situations.

     This extremely successful workshop has been presented at IPA meetings and conferences around the world nearly every year since its first appearance in Amsterdam in November 2007.  In Berlin, the workshop has been updated to include the latest technological advances including biomarkers, and will be presented by international experts including co-chairs John O’Brien (United Kingdom) and Philip Scheltens (The Netherlands), Klaus Ebmeier (United Kingdom), Karl Herholz (United Kingdom), Evelien Lemstra (The Netherlands), Leonardo Pantoni (Italy), Zuzana Walker (United Kingdom), and Mike Wattjes (The Netherlands).

     IPA is also very pleased to announce that GE Healthcare will continue to serve as sponsor of the IPA Imaging and Biomarkers Workshop and we thank them for their efforts to improve care through education.

    For more information, visit http://www.ipa-events.org/ipa-international-congress/imaging-and-biomarkers-workshop/

     

    2nd International Conference on Capacity

    IPA has long recognized capacity as an issue with clinical, ethical, medico-legal and human rights relevance to clinicians across a range of disciplines working in old age psychiatry.  Building on the success of the first conference last year in Hong Kong, the upcoming 2nd Annual International Conference on Capacity promises to once again showcase novel plenaries and free communication sessions addressing a breadth of issues.  This year’s theme, ”The science of decision-making” includes topics ranging from will-making to awareness in dementia and supported decision-making  and will be presented by several IPA leaders in this field including chair Carmelle Peisah (Aus Scheltens (The Netherlands), Klaus Ebmeier (United Kingdom), Karl Herholz (United Kingdom), Evelien Lemstra (The Netherlands), Leonardo Pantoni (Italy), Zuzana Walker (United Kingdom), and Mike Wattjes (The Netherlands).

    IPA is also very pleased to announce that GE Healthcare will continue to serve as sponsor of the IPA Imaging and Biomarkers Workshop and we thank them for their efforts to improve care through education.

     For more information, visit http://www.ipa-events.org/ipa-international-congress/imaging-and-biomarkers-workshop/

     

    2nd International Conference on Capacity

    IPA has long recognized capacity as an issue with clinical, ethical, medico-legal and human rights relevance to clinicians across a range of disciplines working in old age psychiatry.  Building on the success of the first conference last year in Hong Kong, the upcoming 2nd Annual International Conference on Capacity promises to once again showcase novel plenaries and free communication sessions addressing a breadth of issues.  This year’s theme, ”The science of decision-making” includes topics ranging from will-making to awareness in dementia and supported decision-making  and will be presented by several IPA leaders in this field including chair Carmelle Peisah (Australia), Linda Clare (United Kingdom), Sanford Finkel (United States), Cees Hertogh (Netherlands), Robin Jacoby (United Kingdom), Malcolm Schyvens (Australia), Ken Shulman (Canada), and Saskia Teunisse (Netherlands).

    For more information, visit http://www.ipa-events.org/ipa-international-congress/2nd-international-conference-on-capacity/

     

    4th IPA Long Term Care Colloquium:  Cutting Edge Technologies in Care of Older People

    Delegates will be introduced to the exciting and “cutting edge” world of social robots, assistive technologies and telehealth care. 

    •          Robots and Technologies – maintaining well-being
    •          Companion Robots – more than cute and cuddly
    •          Ethics and Technologies
    •          Innovative Technology and Robots in Older People Care
    •          New Developments and Uses in Technology

     

    Speakers include:  David Conn (Canada), Glenda Cook (United Kingdom), Stephen Von Rump (Sweden), Wendy Moyle (Australia), Barbara Klein (Germany), Heather Draper (United Kingdom), Tom Sorell (United Kingdom), Anne Margriet Pot (Switzerland), Luc de Witte (Netherlands), Ray Jones (United Kingdom), Alessandro Di Nuovo (United Kingdom), and Cindy Jones (Australia).

    The Colloquium is accepting abstracts for poster sessions.  Submissions are due 15 July.

    For more information, visit http://www.ipa-events.org/ipa-international-congress/long-term-care-colloquium/


    2015 IPA International Congress • 13-16 October 2015

    The breadth and depth of this IPA Congress is ideally suited to all professionals conducting research and care in the mental health of the elderly.  Plan to attend and bring a colleague, your staff … and your eagerness to learn and share with colleagues from around the globe.

     

    Here are highlights of the Congress program:

    •          Featured Keynote - Speaker Steven R. Sabat (United States) will present  “Balancing Cure with Care: A Bio-Psycho-Social Approach to Treatment of People with Alzheimer’s Disease”
    •          Plenary sessions including:

    •    Technology
    •    Delirium
    •    Depression
    •    Sleep Disorders
    •    Resilience

    •    Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)
    •          Free Communication and Poster sessions – featuring the latest research and care practices
    •          Local Long Term Care and Day Care Site visits
    •         IPA Junior Research Award presentations
    •         IPA Member Forums – small meetings enabling you to network with your colleagues

     For more information about the 2015 IPA International Conference or registration, please visit www.ipa-events.org.

     

    Plan now – Early Registration closes 4 August.

     

    •         Featured Keynote - Speaker Steven R. Sabat (United States) will present  “Balancing Cure with Care: A Bio-Psycho-Social Approach to Treatment of People with Alzheimer’s Disease”
    •         Plenary sessions including:

    •    Technology
    •    Delirium
    •    Depression
    •    Sleep Disorders
    •    Resilience

    •    Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)
    •         Free Communication and Poster sessions – featuring the latest research and care practices
    •         Local Long Term Care and Day Care Site visits
    •          IPA Junior Research Award presentations
    •          IPA Member Forums – small meetings enabling you to network with your colleagues
    For more information about the 2015 IPA International Conference or registration, please visit www.ipa-events.org.

     

    Plan now – Early Registration closes 4 August.

    We hope to see you at the IPA International Congress in Berlin, Germany

     13-16 October 2015!

  • 09 Jul 2015 3:40 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    I’d like to thank Dr Rabehru and the Canadian Psychiatric Association for joining our town hall on Palliative and End of Life Care that we cohosted with the Centertown United Church and Ottawa Center NDP. We had a great public discussion that also included Dr. Jeff Blackmer of the Canadian Medical Association and Maryse Bouvette of the Canadian Nurses Association on our panel.

    In holding these town halls across Canada, it has been amazing to hear the diversity and depth of Canadians experience and expertise in end of life care. Let’s face it. Every Canadian has in some way brushed up against death in their life and the process by which our country manages it. These town halls have provided an important space to share these stories and build a national conversation.

    Just last year your work was instrumental in creating the necessary pressure to get Parliament to pass my motion calling for a Pan-Canadian Strategy for palliative and end of life care. It was an important moment where Parliament put asides its cynical partisan politics to agree on a strong federal role in public health. As parliamentarians we came together to agree that as Canada's ageing population puts unique stresses on our medical system, we must act on the increasingly important need for a coherent strategy for palliative and end of life care.

    Since passing the motion, we have seen little action from this government despite a Supreme Court ruling on medical aid in dying. That is one of the reasons these town halls are so important. We need to engage Canadians on this issue to keep developing a national conversation. We need to keep doing the hard work, to have these conversations and put palliative and end of life care on Canadians radar. And we need to keep the government to its commitment to keep improving these services to ensure that we fix the cracks and spread best practices.

    Palliative care is about patient and family centered care. It creates a more cost-effective health care system that focuses on turning traumatic moments into healing moments for families and loved ones. As a New Democrat, I know that working on this common sense solution means better health care that meets our most human needs. I thank you for your help and continuing the national dialogue on the importance of palliative care and I look forward to keep working with you.

    Charlie Angus

  • 09 Jul 2015 3:14 PM | CAGP (Administrator)


    As Geriatric Psychiatrists, we may soon be consulted to assess a person’s capacity to request physician assisted death. We must be prepared to deal with this scenario very quickly as the clock is ticking on, triggered by the February 6, 2015 unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Canada which has struck down the existing law prohibiting physician assisted death. The current prohibition of physician assisted dying will be lifted in one year from the date of the decision. 

    In terms of some background, the Province of Quebec has been at the leading edge of recent development in this area.  In 2009, the Collège des Médecins du Québec began reflection on this issue. A special Parliamentary Commission of the Québec National Assembly considered the question of dying with dignity in 2010 with widespread consultation and public hearings throughout Québec in 2011. This led to Bill 52, which was finally adopted in June 2014, and is due to be the law in Quebec no later than December 2015. This law on end-of-life care encompasses a “continuum of care”, from palliative care, terminal sedation, and includes “medical aid in dying”, understood by many as being equivalent to euthanasia.

    Subsequently, on February 6th, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a rare unanimous decision, invoking Section 7 of the Charter of Rights (life, autonomy and security of the person), struck down the provisions of the Criminal Code pertaining to homicidal acts by a physician, at the request of a capable adult, in the context of subjectively defined physical and psychological suffering, with no reference to a terminal illness. This decision is suspended for one year, to leave room for legislative initiatives by the federal and provincial governments, colleges and professional organizations, to further regulate or modify end-of-life care. It will take full effect throughout Canada on February 6th, 2016, if no legislative action is undertaken before this deadline to restrict its wide and profound implications for every day care.

    The CAGP would like its members to have an opportunity to fully reflect on this important and sensitive issue.  It will bring about significant change to the way we practice our profession and has the potential to vastly alter our core values. Many of our patients are extremely frail, vulnerable, and do not have the ability to speak for themselves, causing concern to many geriatric psychiatrists.

    We have been asked to solicit the participation of interested geriatric psychiatrists to form a working group on this important issue to begin reflection and dialogue. This group could communicate electronically between 2015 into 2016, with the goal of producing a position paper accepted by CAGP to be presented at the Annual Meeting in 2016. I have personally been reflecting on euthanasia since 2010. I presented an expert Memoir to the Commission in 2010, and was heard at the National Assembly in 2011 and again in 2013. However, input from colleagues across Canada is needed and is essential to enrich our common approach to this issue.

    Other members of this group will include the following: Kiran Rabheru will be the liaison person between the CAGP, the CPA, and the CMA, allowing the coordinated efforts with our psychiatric and physician colleagues. Jessika Roy-Desruisseaux, a young geriatric psychiatry colleague from Sherbrooke, Québec, will assist in this effort.  She is currently President of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Québec Psychiatrists Association on end-of-life care. She has helped coordinate a thoughtful Document de réflexion which is to be presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of this organization in Québec City on May 29th, 2015. Harvey Chochinov, Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care, a distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and a prominent ethicist for the University of Chicago, has kindly agreed to be an advisor to our group.

    We therefore urge all interested CAGP members to join in this reflection as this issue will impact all of our practices and challenge our core values. To which extent are we willing to “help” our patients? Would we provide assistance with dying at their request? Many factions of our society including politicians, journalists, judges, and others are welcome to reflect on end-of-life care. However clinicians working exclusively with the elderly must be a crucial part on this national conversation about this pivotal change in the way medicine will be practised, and momentous challenge to the core foundation of human civilization and evolution.

    All interested colleagues are invited to email the secretariat of CAGP (CAGP@secretariatcentral.com) expressing their area of interest, using the subject line: “Physician Assisted Death”.  We will then develop a list of topics to be discussed based on the expressed areas of interest and consider the Document de réflexion, translated in English, as a starting point.

    Thank you for your interest and your response.

    François Primeau

    Geriatric Psychiatry, Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis and Laval University

PLEASE NOTE: The CAGP cannot provide patients with the names of physicians providing care to patients. The Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in most Canadian provinces and territories maintain a website for patients to find a physician by specialty. A list of these governing bodies is available on the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada’s website.

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