Don’t miss this month’s edition of HPCO’s email newsletter!

Later today, we’ll be sending the October edition of our email newsletter out to our community of hospice palliative care volunteers, donors and advocates. If you haven’t already done so, we invite you to subscribe, and to help us spread the word and shape the conversation! This newsletter is designed to provide you with news, resources, and information on ways you can support hospice palliative care, both in your community and throughout the province. You can unsubscribe at any later date, should you choose, via the newsletter itself.

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Abstracts for HPCO’s 2015 Annual Conference!

Don’t forget that the Call for Abstracts for the 2015 Hospice Palliative Care Ontario annual conference is now open. We to invite you to participate by submitting an abstracts for an oral paper, poster or workshop presentation. For details on the workshop submission process, and to review the submission guidelines, please review our call for workshop abstracts. You can also review our call for oral papers and posters for information on these categories. Click here to submit your abstract now! Workshop abstracts must be made using our Continue reading →

The Conversation That Matters Most

Being Mortal, the latest book from Dr. Atul Gawande, hit the shelves yesterday. Slate has published an excerpt from the book, which we believe is well worth reading and sharing. It offers personal insight into a more humane approach to end-of-life care, and how it might be adopted throughout the field of medicine.

Canada is Working Towards a National Palliative Care Strategy

In a recent Op-Ed for the Huffington Post, MP Charlie Angus articulated the need for a unified national approach to hospice and palliative care. Work on this strategy began in earnest this past spring, when the Parliament of Canada supported the New Democrat Motion 456 on establishing a pan-Canadian palliative care strategy. “We have all lost a family member or loved one,” Angus writes. “How those loved ones were treated in their final days – whether through a holistic palliative service or while waiting for Continue reading →

House of Commons Passes Motion on Palliative Care

The House of Commons today passed Motion-456 calling for a Pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end-of-life care.  The motion had overwhelming support of all parties in the house and is an important step forward for hospice palliative care in Canada.  The motion was introduced by NDP MP Charlie Angus and supported by all parties. The full text of the motion: M-456 — October 21, 2013 — Mr. Angus (Timmins—James Bay) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish a Pan-Canadian Palliative and Continue reading →

Ontario’s Doctors Launch End of Life Care Plan

TORONTO, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ – Have you thought about who would make decisions for you if you’re not in a position to make them for yourself? Only 25% of Canadians over age 30 have made end-of-life care plans and just over 40% of those over age 70 have done so.  People rarely talk about their end-of-life wishes and Ontario’s doctors want to change that. Today, OMA Past-President Dr. Scott Wooder officially launched a provincial framework to enhance care for people at the end of Continue reading →

Private Member’s Motion on Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Strategy

October 31, 2013, MP Charlie Angus introduced Private Members Motion M-456 calling on the federal government to establish a Pan-Canadian palliative and end-of-life care strategy in conjunction with provinces and territories on a flexible and integrated model of palliative care. The motion was seconded by MPs from both the Conservative and Liberal parties. Access to quality hospice palliative care for all Canadians is a non-partisan issues that touches everyone. Raising the awareness of parliamentarians and Canadians in general is always welcome by our sector. HPCO endorses the motion Continue reading →

End-of-life decisions Canadians face go beyond assisted suicide debate

When CBC producer Lynn Burgess started working on a documentary series on assisted suicide for The National six months ago, she “sensed a profound public fatigue with the right-to-die issue in Canada.” It was clear to Burgess that there was a greater need to focus the camera on Canadians and the broader end-of-life decisions they face. The series, entitled “Last Right” and beginning its nationwide run tonight, is intended to broaden the national conversation beyond the right-to-die debate. Burgess believes that “what we’re hearing this week from Continue reading →

Supreme Court rules consent required before ending care

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by doctors at a Toronto hospital who sought to withdraw treatment from Hassan Rasouli, a severely brain-damaged patient who they say has no hope of recovery. Mr. Rasouli has been in a persistent vegetative state and ventilator dependent since October 2010. After an extensive internal review and discussion with the family, the hospital made the decision that CPR and intensive life support was not the standard of care for patients with this diagnosis, as no prolonged medical Continue reading →