Research to Practice

Research to Practice Seminar Series

In 2012, NOHS partnered with the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC Okanagan to deliver free, educational seminars to the public on a variety of topics relating to hospice palliative care. These sessions are facilitated by Canadian researchers and stakeholders and are offered 4 times per year. Since we provide an opportunity for people to join online or by teleconference, as well as in person at UBC Okanagan, the audience for these seminars is typically diverse and includes Hospice staff, university students and faculty, Health Authority staff, health care professionals, caregivers, and interested community members – sometimes from across the country.

Upcoming Free Zoom Webinars:

The Caregiver Experience of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, and the North Okanagan Hospice Society

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)

Presenter: Dr. Sarah Hales, MD, PhD, FRCPC is a psychiatrist and researcher in the Division of Psychosocial Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Prostate Cancer Canada/Movember. Her clinical and research interests include the end of life experience as it affects patients and families, and psychotherapeutic interventions aimed at alleviating distress in those facing advanced disease.

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of the experience and potential clinical needs of family caregivers in the context of medical assistance in dying (MAiD), including preliminary findings from a current Canadian mixed-methods study examining this population.

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Past Webinars and Recordings:




  • How we fail vulnerable and marginalized people as they die and what to do about it by Dr. Kelli Stajduhar, Professor School of Nursing, University of Victoria
  • Cannabis: Does it have a place in palliative and end-of-life care? by Lynda Balreaves, PhD, RN, Associate Professor College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Priorities and Challenges in rural Indigenous Palliative care: Cultural Safety Revisited by Susan Caxaj, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Development, UBC Okanagan
  • Nurses' Experience with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) by Dr. Barbara Pesut. RN, Canada Research Chair, Health Ethics and Diversity