MRP Patient Conference

Thank you to all the patients who joined us at this year’s conference. We had a record turnout! Your feedback was valuable and with the attendance rising we are aiming to provide an even bigger and better conference next year.

Here are the session’s from this past conference

Elijah Harper:This year’s conference features keynote speaker Elijah Harper. Mr. Harper made headlines during his political career when he refused to accept the Meech Lake Accord during proceedings as the Manitoba legislature. During his career he received the Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Award, was awarded the title of Honourary Chief for Life by Red Sucker Lake First Nation, and given a commemorative medal of Canada from the Governor General. What is lesser known about Mr. Harper is his battle with kidney health and the fact he is currently receiving dialysis. Mr. Harper will speak about his life experiences, including his health challenges.

Phosphate Additives: The Hidden Challenges of the Kidney DietA low phosphorus diet is an important part of a kidney diet but avoiding phosphate additives is crucial.  Learn about additives in the Canadian food supply, why we are concerned and how to avoid them. Presented by: June Martin

Kidney Friendly Cooking Demonstration: We’re spicing things up a bit with a live demonstration on preparing foods that are not only delicious but are okay for people with kidney disease.

Exercise 101: The how to guide on getting started Learn the benefits and guidelines for cardiovascular, resistance and stretching exercises as well as participate in a strength training session that you can do at home.  Presented by Krista Stewart, Fitness & Wellness Coordinator,  & Cindy Skidmore, RN, Manitoba Renal Program

Home Dialysis Perspectives: Learn about the different types of home dialysis and hear from people who have experienced them first hand! Presented by Julie Lorenz, RN, BSc – Regional Educator & Patient Volunteers

The Kidney Transplant Experience: Learn about the process behind kidney transplants and ask questions about the experience.Presented by: David Rush, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FASN