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‘Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Health Care ’Conference, Thursday 29 May – Friday 30 May, Dunadry Hotel and Gardens, Dunadry, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Healthcare instead of medicine

Location: Dunadry Hotel and Gardens, Dunadry, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Date: Thursday 29 May – Friday 30 May


For the last 25 years, Dr Harvey Chochinov’s program of research has earned him recognition as one of the world’s leading palliative care scholars and researchers. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba.

His seminal publications addressing psychosocial dimensions of palliation have helped define core competencies and standards of upholding dignity in end-of-life care.

Designed to enhance the human side of healthcare, this conference focuses on the role and application of dignity in all aspects of clinical practice. The conference will examine Dr Chochinov’s research in relation to dignity related challenges in care and will provide a detailed look at the clinical application of Dignity Therapy. The conference aims to expand professionals’ ability to care for patients as people and broaden the community of like-minded clinicians and health and social care professionals. This conference will bring together key experts to consult on leading research and its application to clinical practice.

Dr Harvey Chochinov Biography

Dr Harvey Max Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and a Senior Scientist at CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute. His research in palliative care has resulted in more than 300 career publications, broaching, broaching diverse topics such as depression, quality-of-life, suicide, vulnerability, spirituality, and existential distress. He has also led a large program of research on dignity within the healthcare setting, which includes the development and study of Dignity Therapy. He is the co-founder of the Canadian Virtual Hospice, co-editor of The Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine (Oxford University Press). His latest book is entitled Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Medicine, published by Oxford University Press. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada, and an inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Target audience

This conference will appeal to a broad range of Health and Social Care professionals in all care settings (Primary and Secondary) who are involved in caring for people with life limiting illnesses and care of the older person. This conference will also appeal to healthcare students.

Conference organisers

The conference is being organised by a Steering Group of representatives from Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster, Palliative Care In Partnership – Department of Health Strategic Planning and Performance Group, Public Health Agency, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Western Health and Social Care Trust, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC). The organisation of the conference is being supported AIIHPC

Registration Details

Registration for the conference will open shortly

Venue Details:

Dunadry Hotel and Gardens – 4* Hotels in Dunadry | Antrim Hotels | Dunadry Hotel & Gardens

The conference has negotiated a discounted rate of £109 bed and breakfast based on single occupancy. To avail of this rate, contact the hotel and quote the name of the conference ‘Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Medicine’ Conference. This discounted rate will be available until the 16 April 2024

Continuing Professional Development

An application is due to be submitted shortly for CPD points for medics

Save the Date - PCRFNI Palliative Care and Psychiatry Conference, 31 May 2024, Queen’s University Belfast

As part of Dr Chochinov’s visit the Palliative Care Research Forum, Northern Ireland (PCRF NI), are holding a one day conference to bring together the disciplines of palliative care and psychiatry. Registration for this conference will OPEN in March 2024. For further information please email Dr Esther Beck at: e.beck@ulster.ac.uk  see save the date link poster (Link)