Last modified by Logan Green on 2021/01/18 18:08

The Canadian Pain Task Force is an external advisory body that is helping the Government of Canada better understand and address the needs of the 7 million Canadians living with chronic pain. In Phase I of its mandate, the Task Force assessed how chronic pain is currently addressed in Canada. Their first report – Chronic Pain in Canada: Laying a Foundation for Action – highlighted gaps in access to timely and appropriate multi-modal care, chronic pain surveillance and health system quality monitoring, awareness, education and training for individuals and health care professionals, and research and related infrastructure. The Task Force recently completed Phase II of their work involving extensive in-person and online consultations between July 2019 and August 2020 with nearly 2000people who either live with and/or have an interest in chronic pain across Canada. The objectives were to identify best practices and strategies to better understand, prevent, and manage chronic pain.

A panel of presenters will provide a brief background on the Canadian Pain Task Force and discuss the findings from the first two phases of the Task Force’s mandate. Discussion will include highlighting the newly published second report summarizing what was heard through the consultation process, with a particular focus on challenges, gaps, and best practices, as they relate to pediatric pain. Panel presentations will include discussion by a patient partner/individual living with pain of their participation in the Task Force’s consultation process and their reflections on the phase II report. The webinar will also include a presentation of a best practice that is identified in the Task Force’s phase I and II reports, that is of particular relevance to the pediatric pain/children’s healthcare community.

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize the composition, activities, and phase I and phase II findings of the Canadian PainTask Force. 
  • Provide an overview of the distribution of chronic pain within the Canadian population, including the challenges and gaps, as well as successes and best practices of how chronic pain is currently managed in Canada, with a particular focus on pediatric/children’s pain. 
  • Explain the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people in Canada who live with chronic pain, including children and youth. 
  • Present and discuss the experience of a pediatric patient partner who participated in the TaskForce’s consultations, as well their reflections of the second report. 
  • Present an example of a best practices related to the prevention and management of chronic pain for professionals and clinicians in the pediatric pain/children healthcare community, building from strategies identified by the Canadian Pain Task Force during their national consultations and stakeholder engagement activities.


  • Fiona Campbell (Co-Chair, Canadian Pain Task Force): 
    Dr. Campbell is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Medical Director of the Chronic Pain Program in the Department of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, and co-director of the SickKids Pain Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children. As the inaugural co-chair of the provincial Ontario Chronic Pain Network (Pediatric section) in partnership with Ontario Health, Dr. Campbell has helped build capacity in the community by increasing access to pediatric chronic pain clinics, reducing disparities in care, standardizing model of care, and fostering research and education. Fiona is Past-President of the Canadian Pain Society and Co-chair of the Canadian Pain Task Force, through which she is an advocate for a Canadian National Pain Strategy.

  • Michael Sangster (Canadian Pain Task Force): 
    Dr. Michael Sangster is a physiotherapist and clinical specialist in pain science. He is a graduate of the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy, the Master of Business Administration program at Saint Mary's University, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Utica College. Dr. Sangster is the Professional Practice Leader – Physiotherapy, and the Physiotherapist on the Complex Pain team at the IWK Health Centre. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy, the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists, and a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In addition, Dr. Sangster is a contributing chapter author to the Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain, a TEDx speaker, and a co-developer of a module of the online pediatric pain curriculum at SickKids in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Sangster is the recipient of the Award of Distinction for outstanding commitment, invaluable contribution and dedicated long-term service from the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists (2015).
  • Katherine Dib (Patient Engagement Coordinator, Solutions for Kids in Pain; Individual with lived/living experience):
    Katherine has lived with chronic pain since the age of 15 and uses her lived experience to advocate for proper pain management. She became a patient partner for the first time on the Partnering for Pain project, led by Dr. Katie Birnie. This is how she got introduced to the Canadian Pain Task Force. She shared her experience to help inform the Canadian Pain Task Force’s first report. She later attended the Atlantic Regional Workshop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She now works for Solutions for Kids in Pain as their Patient Engagement Coordinator, matching patient partners with exciting projects and initiatives to help improve pain management. 
  • Kathryn Birnie (Assistant Scientific Director, Solutions for Kids in Pain): 
    Dr. Katie Birnie is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary where she leads the Partnering For Pain patient-oriented research program. She is Assistant Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a national knowledge mobilization network working to improve children’s pain through coordination and collaboration. Dr. Birnie also provides clinical care to youth living with pain and their families at Alberta Children’s Hospital. 
Created by Logan Green on 2020/11/16 17:14