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 →
The Meeting of Our Hearts, a song in tribute to Dr. Larry Librach is now available for download. Bev Foster, who composed and performed the song has gifted it support of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s Dr. S. Lawrence Librach Award for Palliative Medicine in the Community. The $2,500 award will be given annually to a physician who demonstrates excellence and leadership in palliative care and advances palliative care in their communities through mentorship of family physicians. Click here to read more…
“Imagine a new reality, where hospice palliative care is available to Canadians when and where they need it – where the goal of care is to live well until death.” The Way Forward is a new hospice palliative care integration project managed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, on behalf of the thirty-seven organizations that make up the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada. The goal is to develop a national framework that will enable the palliative approach to care to become a reality, Continue reading →
“Ontario is on the cusp of a revolution in the way the province offers palliative care, but the plan hinges on government support.” Palliative care experts agree that with a population of seniors that’s predicted to double in size by 2036, and a funding model for residential hospice care that relies primarily on charity, the system just isn’t sustainable. Currently, according to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, only 16% to 36% of Canadians have access to hospice palliative care and end-of-life services, depending on where Continue reading →
Our friend and colleague Dr. Larry Librach, who passed away earlier this month, took the time in May to record the following video interview, in which he discusses his own personal experiences with pancreatic cancer and end-of-life care. Many thanks to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and advancecareplanning.ca for sharing this moving and informative video.
More people are living longer with chronic illness as our population ages, making it increasingly vital for patients and family members to decide how they and their loved ones would like to spend their final days. For physicians in hospital and primary care settings alike, it is crucial to know how to address these issues with sensitivity. A new conversation guide in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, written by Dr. John You of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, aims to guide physicians through Continue reading →
Jackie Hickey recently posted on her blog, Caring@Home, about an important new study from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute entitled “Safety at Home: Pan-Canadian Home Care.” The study emphasizes that home care is “an integral component of the ongoing restructuring of healthcare in Canada,” and it raises awareness of a wide range of issues related to patient safety in the home. “Released on June 26,” Hickey writes, “the CPSI study is the first of its kind. The study examines the reasons why harmful incidents occur, determines Continue reading →
Ana P. Johnson, Louise Hanvey, Sharon Baxter, and Daren K. Heyland, working on behalf of the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network, have contributed a study to the latest edition of the Journal of Palliative Care entitled “Development of Advance Care Planning Research Priorities: A Call to Action.” The objective of the study was to develop a national, prioritized research agenda for advance care planning. “We first identified a list of comprehensive ACP research topics and determined priority criteria through focus groups. We next conducted a Continue reading →