The Second BC Provincial Pediatric Pain Management Symposium

Sep 22 2017 - 7:00pm to Sep 24 2017 - 1:00pm

The Chan Centre for Family Health Education (Auditorium) at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
938 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H

Registration is free!

Join BC Children's Hospital Department of Psychology, UBC’s Department of Pediatrics and Anesthesia, Pain BC and the Arthritis Society for an educational event focused on best practice pediatric pain management.

Using lectures and case-based breakout sessions, the program will provide a holistic and multidisciplinary perspective on the management of children’s pain and on the prevention and management of chronic post-surgical pain.

Should I attend?

The symposium is designed for all health care providers (e.g. physicians, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, social workers, and occupational therapists) to enhance expertise in the field of pediatric pain assessment and management.
Health sciences students and residents are particularly encouraged to attend to build their skills early in their careers in chronic pain assessment and management in children and teens.
People living with pain and their families and friends are also welcome to attend. There is a free/by donation evening talk on September 22 that is specifically for the general public.

What can I expect?

  • Enhance your current expertise in acute and complex/chonic pain assessment and management.
  • Learn to mitigate the risk of chronic post-surgical pain.
  • Recognize key issues of cultural safety in vulnerable populations.


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 6.5 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.


Friday September 22 - Community Talk Evening Program OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

  • 19:00-20:00 Community talk on the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing Initiative and Art for Healing, including Art from the Heart, a travelling artwork exhibition created by Aboriginal children.

Saturday, September 23

Morning Program: Complex/Chronic Pain

  • 8:45-9:45 Keynote: Understanding the link between Culture Care: Sharing Knowledge about Indigenous People & Pain by Dr. Margot Latimer and John Sylliboy, Aboriginal Children’s Hurt Healing Initiative.
  • 9:45-12:00 Breakout sessions: Participants will investigate a complex/chronic pain case through three interlinked perspectives: Medical/physical, psychosocial, and cultural. Sessions will be facilitated by experienced interdisciplinary providers from pediatric medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, and nursing.

Afternoon Program: Preventing Chronic Post-Surgical Pain

  • 13:00-14:00 Keynote: Innovations in Spinal Surgery: A Surgical Perspective on Complex Post-Surgical Painby Dr. Firoz Miyanji, pediatric spinal surgeon, BC Children’s Hospital
  • 14:00-16:00 Breakout sessions: Participants will investigate a chronic post-surgical pain case through three interlinked perspectives: Biomedical, physical, and psychosocial. Sessions will be facilitated by experienced interdisciplinary providers from pediatric medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, and nursing.
  • 16:00-16:30 Roundtable discussion of the cases
  • 16:30-16:45 Closing

Sunday, September 24

No Pain: Is this an Achievable Target in Pediatric Acute Pain?

  • 8:00-8:30: Registration
  • 8:30-9:30: Welcome and land acknowledgement with Elder Roberta Price, of the Elder program at BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital, followed by keynote  Preventative Multimodal Analgesia in Acute Pediatric Pain by Dr. Gillian Lauder, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Director Acute Pain Service, BC Children’s Hospital
  • 9:30-10:15: Breakout sessions  A child in Acute Severe Pain: Why Do Some Pharmacological Strategies Not Work?
  • 10:15-10:30: Break
  • 10:30-11:15: Breakout sessions – A child in Acute Severe Pain: Non-Pharmacological Strategies: You’re Not Serious?!
  • 11:15-12:00: Keynote  Breathing & Embracing: The Role of Mindfulness in Pediatric Pain by Dr. Dzung Vo, Adolescent Medical Specialist
  • 12:00-12:45: Case-based panel discussion
  • 12:45-1:00: Closing and evaluation


We are thrilled to announce that a Pain BC donor, recognizing the pressing need for pediatric pain management education in BC, has stepped up to sponsor the registration fees for the symposium. This opportunity, in addition to generous sponsorship from the Arthritis Society and support from the Ministry of Health, will now allow Pain BC to provide free registration to the event.

Registration is required for in-person attendance. 

Video conference registration

Free and available at the following hospitals throughout the province, but please register through Pain BC:

  • Powell River General Hospital
  • Prince George Regional Hospital
  • Kitimat General Hospital
  • Kelowna General Hospital
  • Victoria General Hospital
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • Kootenay Lake Hospital (Nelson)
  • Campbell River District General Hospital
  • Cariboo Memorial Hospital (Williams Lake)
  • Fort St. John General Hospital
  • Prince Rupert Regional Hospital
  • Port Hardy Hospital
  • Bulkley Valley District Hospital (Smithers)
  • St John Hospital (Vanderhoof)

Venue details

Pay parking available. This venue is accessible. Please email with any questions.

About the faculty

Margot Latimer, RN, PhD

Dr. Margot Latimer is an Associate Professor in the Dalhousie University School of Nursing, and is cross-appointed in the Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University. She holds a scientific appointment at the IWK Health Centre and is faculty in the IWK Centre for Pediatric Pain Research. She works closely with community to mobilize Indigenous knowledge and co-leads the CIHR funded research “Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing” Initiative with Eskasoni Health Director, Sharon Rudderham. More information about the Aboriginal Hurt and Healing Initiative is available at

Gill Lauder, MB BCh, FRCA, FRCPC, CPE

Dr. Lauder is the Director of the Acute Pain Service at BCCH, she is committed to improve the adoption of preventative strategies in acute pediatric pain management. In her role as a Complex Pain physician she promotes holistic strategies to address the biopsychosocial impacts that occur in pediatric chronic pain. She has a special interest in pediatric Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), interventional blocks for pain management and ultrasound guided regional techniques.

Firoz Miyanji, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Miyanji is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. He is a pediatric spinal surgeon who provides a combined spinal clinic and operative spinal care service at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Miyanji’s research is focused studying the clinical outcomes of patients with spinal conditions, such as scoliosis (curvature of the spine), in order to improve treatment and quality of life.  

John R. Sylliboy, BA

John R. Sylliboy is a member of the Millbrook First Nation and is the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing Initiative (ACHH) National Research Coordinator. He has extensive experience as a health policy analyst for First Nation communities and is research lead on several projects that impact the health, wellbeing and educational pursuit of Aboriginal youth. John is completing his Masters in Education at Mount Saint Vincent University. More information about the Aboriginal Hurt and Healing Initiative is available at

Dzung Vo, MD, FAAP, Adolescent Medical Specialist

Dr. Vo is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at BC Children’s Hospital, and a clinical assistant professor at the UBC Faculty of Medicine. His medical practice, teaching, and research emphasize promoting resilience in young people to help them thrive in the face of complex stress and adversity. He has helped to develop and teach mindfulness training programs for youth with chronic stress, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Vo has been practicing mindfulness regularly since 1999, and is a student of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Event Sponsors: 
The Arthritis Society
UBC Department of Pediatrics and Anesthesia
BC Children’s Hospital Department of Psychology