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 →

The Call for Abstracts for HPCO’s 2015 Annual Conference is Now Open!

We are pleased to announce 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 more information 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. Workshop abstracts must be made using our online submission registration process, no later than Monday, November 17, 2014. The Continue reading →

Q&A on Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation

Canada’s new Anti-Spam Law went into effect on July 1, 2014.  We have had several questions from members about the law and its exemptions for registered charities.  The regulations provide an exemption for any commercial electronic message “that is sent by or on behalf of a registered charity as defined in subsection 248(1) of the Income Tax Act and the message has as its primary purpose raising funds for the charity.”  Some examples of activities that would be exempt include: newsletters that promote upcoming fundraising 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 →

Happy Nursing Week!

This is Nursing Week!  A sincere thanks to all nurses for the great care they provide every day! In addition to great care, nurses are the link between all of the people caring for someone with a progressive life-limiting illness. In home care, hospital units, complex continuing care, residential hospice, long-term care, and on interdisciplinary teams, nurses play a critical role. Thank you for compassionate, professional care and for bringing comfort to your patients and support to their family caregivers. For more information about nursing week, Continue reading →

Busting The Myths About Hospice Palliative Care #3

MYTH: I can only get palliative care in a hospital FACT: Palliative care services are offered in many places, including hospitals, long term care facilities, and hospices and in your own home. Some supporting statistics: When asked, most people have indicated that they would prefer to die at home in the presence of loved ones[iv], yet almost 70% of Canadian deaths occur in a hospital.[v] Ontario found that between 20 and 50% of people on waiting lists for residential long-term care could age safely and cost-effectively at home Continue reading →

Caregiver Show on Wednesday May 14

The Caregiver Show is just a week away on Wednesday, May 14 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Almost 8 million Canadians are family caregivers, however, many of these caregivers do not know about the resources available to them to provide the best care for their families. The Caregiver Show is a one-day resource fair with free admission for family caregivers where they can learn about the variety of products and services available for their caregiving needs – all in one location. There will be a Continue reading →