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 →

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 →