Dr. S. Librach Award for Palliative Care in the Community – Dr. Bob Sauls is the 2015 Recipient

This award honours Dr. Larry Librach who began his medical career in 1970, and became an early presence in the field of palliative care in 1978 and was instrumental in shaping the Canadian approach to palliative care and palliative medicine. Throughout his 35 years in palliative care, Dr. Librach was a teacher and mentor, an encouraging and enthusiastic colleague and friend who embraced every opportunity to give of himself, and who consistently inspired others to do the same. The award is a $2,500 cash award Continue reading →

Visiting Hospice Services Accreditation

HPCO’s Accreditation Framework for Visiting Hospice Services in Ontario is now available. All Visiting Hospice Service organizations in Ontario are encouraged to register by Tuesday September 15, 2015, indicating their intent to complete an HPCO Accreditation Review by 2018. There are two application deadlines each year: Approved applications received by October 1st each year must submit evidence of compliance with the standards by March 1st of the following year. The Accreditation decision will be delivered in writing by June 1st. Approved applications received by April 1st Continue reading →

HPCO Conference 2015

In April 2015, Hospice Palliative Care’s Annual conference gathered more than 700 delegates to learn about best practices, become inspired and to network with sector professionals. Health professionals, volunteers and system leaders interviewed during the conference share their knowledge and passion for the work they do and their impressions of hospice palliative care in Ontario.      

Mississauga Mayor Named Honourary Chair of Hospice Capital Campaign

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie has been named Honourary Chair of the Bring It Home Campaign, the $18 million capital campaign for Heart House Hospice to build a residential hospice in Mississauga. End of life care is something we’re all going to face one day. But for many people in the community, they have no choice but to live out their final days in a clinical setting. Heart House Hospice has been working for 30 years to offer more to people at this stage in life: comfort, compassion and Continue reading →

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled this morning in favour of allowing physician-assisted death.

In the judgment, available here,  the court ruled that: Section 241 (b) and s. 14  of the Criminal Code  unjustifiably infringe s. 7  of the Charter  and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his Continue reading →

Call for award nominations now open

The call for nominations for HPCO’s annual awards is now officially open! These awards will be presented at our 2015 annual conference. We invite you to review the criteria, and consider nominating colleagues and volunteers whose dedication you would like to honour. These awards include: The June Callwood Circle of Outstanding Volunteers (Nomination forms have been sent to hospice Executive Directors/Agency Heads via email). Submission Deadline: March 15, 2015 The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence in Hospice Palliative Care (Online Submission). Submission Deadline: March 15, 2015 The Dr. S. Lawrence Continue reading →

New study aims to bridge the gap between patients and doctors

I-GAP is the National Research Project to assess and stimulate ACP in primary care settings. The intent of the project is to recruit primary care practices into the i-GAP study. Our national Advance Care Planning initiative, Speak Up, is acting as the Network Coordinator and knowledge mobilizer for this project. As well the Speak Up website will have a focused area on i-GAP with a link to the CARENET website with the i-GAP materials. Read the news release and view the recruitment poster. If you Continue reading →

Anne-Marie Dean of Hill House Hospice interviewed for Toronto Star item on dying in Ontario

An article in today’s edition of the Toronto Star, entitled “New report highlights need for better end-of-life care,” features an interview with Hill House Hospice Executive Director Anne-Marie Dean. “It’s all about comfort and it’s all about helping people live until the moment they die…” Anne-Marie told the Star. “Everybody deserves to have access to that.” We applaud Anne-Marie for being one of the many HPCO members working tirelessly to provide and expand hospice palliative care in their communities! Read the full article for more Continue reading →

Statement from HPCO on the Auditor General’s report

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario welcomes the Auditor General’s report, which includes a section on palliative care in Ontario. The report covers a range of issues, highlighting a need for 755 to 1080 hospice palliative care beds. Right now there are 289 beds and HPCO’s proposal to the government would fund up to 450 beds over the next few years. The report indicates the quality of care being received is good, but the delivery is patchwork and more coordination of care is required. There was a Continue reading →

Support HPCO on Giving Tuesday!

#GivingTuesdayCA has arrived, and we at HPCO would like to thank you for supporting the vital work our members do to provide care for those who need support in their last days. Will you please take a moment to visit our Giving Tuesday profile, make a donation, and spread the word? Make Your Donation Online Today In 2014, Visiting Volunteer Hospices have provided in-home support for more than 22,000 people facing end-of-life or coping with bereavement. Residential Hospices (hospices with beds) have cared for over Continue reading →