Since 1984, the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care has been the leading advocate, trainer, and educator for hospice care in Maine through our mission to ensure the continued development and delivery of high quality hospice and palliative care to all Mainers. As part of this mission, the Council holds various conferences, fundraisers, meetings, and other events throughout the year in an effort to educate both professionals and laypersons in the best practices of hospice and palliative care medicine. The Maine Hospice Council often brings nationally recognized presenters who are not only experts on the issues, but familiar with the unique needs we have in Maine.
The Maine POLST Coalition presents a “Train-the-Trainer” all-day educational workshop in Lewiston on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.
Attendees will learn everything there is to know about Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), and be able to take this new knowledge back with them to their respective systems and facilities. All attendees will receive a hard copy and an electronic training manual that can be utilized to train others.
Cost: $139 per person; a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
All proceeds benefit the Maine POLST Coalition and their continued efforts to develop the POLST program in Maine, including National endorsement, a state POLST registry, interstate portability, and other initiatives.
To register, click here.
20th Annual Maine Pain Conference
May 5, 2017
Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport
Deaths involving drug overdoses have become a serious public health crisis in Maine. Prescription drug abuse is presently at the forefront, but far from the only cause. How did we get here? The 20th Annual Pain Conference will explore social determinants that have a bearing on drug abuse, as well as the impact the new Opioid legislation might have on individuals seeking treatment and the health care professionals who are caring for them.
To register, click here.
Addressing Personhood in Rehabilitation and Healthcare
In her book Humanistic Healthcare Dr. Margaret Hannah shares the following insights which have provided the basis for her own evolving practice over the years. She believes that we can no longer afford to look at the human body as simply a machine. "That health is a product of healthy relationships, a quality of life held in common. That nobody can be healthy alone. That given the right conditions health is contagious and can spread like an infectious disease. And that who we are being as healthcare professionals is as important as what we are doing."
Maybe you have asked yourself how we have allowed health care to stray so far from caring? Have we lost sight of the individual we are treating, their fears, anxieties, emotions, values and stories? Have we refused to address the social determinants that may be central to the dis-ease we witness every day in society? Has contemporary medicine simply lost sight of the central role of human relationships in healthcare? Please join us at Maine State Prison on June 27-28 for Addressing Personhood in Healthcare and Rehabilitation: An Ethical and Moral Imperative to explore these provocative issues.
Registration for the two-day conference is $129 for Members, $149 for Non-members, $45 for Hospice Volunteers, free for the first three family members of MSP hospice volunteers ($30 for additional family members), free for MSP/MDOC Staff Members.