CAHNference 2023

The Future of Nursing

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Bringing together healthcare professionals, from coast to coast, to share leadership stories, pandemic impacts, clinical best practices, innovative research, and scientific developments impacting hepatology nurses, their patients, and associated healthcare disciplines.

The Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses is excited to host our 4th annual CAHNference happening in Toronto, ON, on September 29 & 30, 2023. CAHNference brings together healthcare professionals virtually, from coast to coast, to share leadership stories, pandemic impacts, clinical best practices, innovative research, and scientific developments impacting hepatology nurses, their patients, and associated healthcare disciplines.

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Registration Expired on Oct 01, 2023

CAHNference is an annual liver health education event hosted by The Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses. This year, for the second year in a row, CAHN is collaborating with the International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU) to hold CAHNference 2023 adjacent to INHSU’s Intervention Implementation Symposia.

Registration is open to all!

We have an exciting program planned with a focus on indigenous health, marginalized populations, planetary health, cirrhosis care, and fatty liver. Expert speakers are being confirmed nationally and internationally to bring you a multi-disciplinary perspective as well as in-depth relevancy for your nursing practice on the topics you have asked for. We dive into difficult conversations with a pragmatic approach. Expert talks, panel discussions, and RN-led models provoke new ideas that help shape nursing best practices for a better future.

Draft Agenda

(subject to change)


INHSU Intervention Implementation Symposia

  • The format will be similar to 2022 with updated content. Topics are currently being planned. More information coming soon!

to (INHSU & CAHN delegates are invited)

INHSU & CAHN Networking Event

to (Included in paid registration for CAHN's program)

CAHN Dinner & keynote speakers

  • Update to low-risk drinking guidelines 2023 - where do we go from here? - Dr. Catherine Paradis - Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction, Ottawa ON
  • Stigma and Liver Disease/Update to low-risk drinking guidelines: a patient perspective - Ryan Juhasz

CAHN Recognition Ceremony


CAHN Program

  • Indigenous health and liver health
    • What is the meaning of true reconciliation - Kacheena Naytowhow - University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK & Leonard Benoit, RN - University Health Network, Toronto ON
    • Liver health in Indigenous populations
      • Viral Hepatitis: Thinking of the whole family - Kate Dunn, RN - University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
      • Fatty Liver: metabolic disorders and nutrition from an Indigenous perspective - Speaker TBD
      • Autoimmune Liver Disease: opportunities to care for Indigenous communities across Canada - Dr. Surain Roberts - St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON
    • Provision of care in remote communities: adopting strategies to engage communities - approach to liver disease - Bonnie Weasel Mocassin, RN - Blood Tribe Department of Health, Cardston, AB
  • Panel discussions on liver health topics
    • Structurally marginalized populations: Viral hepatitis screening and newcomers to Canada
      • Primary care lens: screening and linkage to care - Vanessa Wright, NP - Crossroads Clinic, Women's College Hospital, Toronto ON
      • Specialty lens: access to specialty care and treatment - Speaker TBD
      • Research lens: Quebec cascade of care - Ana Maria Passos de Castilho, PhD - McGill University, Montreal, QC
    • Planetary health and liver health- what is the role of hepatology nurses?
      • Concepts of planetary health and priorities for liver nurses in Canada - Megan Tomlinson, RN - Positive Wellness North Island, Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC
      • Priorities for planetary health and liver nurses: a global perspective - Michelle Clayton, RN - British Liver Nurses Association, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Cirrhosis Care
    1. Barriers/successes of management of decompensated liver disease in rural communities - Speaker TBD
    2. RN-led paracentesis model in an outpatient ambulatory liver clinic - Molly McDonald, RN - University Health Network, Toronto, ON
  • Fatty Liver
    • Models of hepatology nursing care: RN-led NAFLD clinics across Canada
      • The original RN-led NAFLD Clinic: 8 years later - Wendy Schaufert, RN - University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
      • RN-led NAFLD Clinic: 1 year later - Carmen Fang, RN - University Health Network, Toronto, ON
      • RN-led NAFLD Clinic: community-based model - Fraser Jordan, RN - Positive Wellness North Island, Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC
    • Weight loss strategies: conversations with your patient with fatty liver disease - Dr. Michael Vallis - Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
    • Pharmacological therapies for fatty liver - Dr. Jeffrey Habert - Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto ON
    • Lived experience with fatty liver disease - Speaker TBD

Registration Information

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  • Free registration
  • Includes the INHSU & CAHN Networking Event (-)

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CAHNference 2023 will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge St, Toronto M4Y 1X7)

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