The Second BC Provincial Pediatric Pain Management Symposium

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

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

Sep 23 2017 -
8:00am to 4:45pm

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

September 23, 2017

Join UBC’s Department of Pediatrics and Anesthesia, BC Children's Hospital Department of Psychology, and Pain BC for an educational day on best practice pediatric complex/chronic pain management.

Using lectures and case-based breakout sessions, the program will provide a holistic and multidisciplinary perspective on the management of children’s complex/chronic 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 at the end of the day?

Participants can expect to:

  • enhance their current expertise in complex/chonic pain assessment and management.
  • mitigate the risk of chronic post-surgical pain.
  • recognize key issues of cultural safety in vulnerable populations.


6.5 MOC Section 1credits, Main Pro+ credits pending.
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 creditsas 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 - Optional Evening Program

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.
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch will be provided. Please indicate your meal preferences when you register.

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


Registration is required for in-person attendance both days. Evening talk on September 22 at 7pm: Free/by donation.

Tickets for Saturday, September 23:

  • $150 Early-bird (until June 30, 2017)
  • $175 Regular admission: (July 1- Sept. 22, 2017)
  • $80 Students/Residents
  • $50 People living with pain

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.

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