Putting the Pieces Together – Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario

If you are doing unique, innovative work or research related to enhancing quality hospice palliative care integration, collaboration or practice, consider submitting an abstract for a workshop, poster or oral paper. (Submission deadline for workshops: November 30, 2015; Submission deadline for posters and oral papers: January 15, 2016) Join renowned industry experts and provincial colleagues at HPCO’s annual conference April 17-19, 2016 to share and to learn about cutting-edge, evidence-based research, hospice palliative care innovations and expertise. Delegates include system planners, researchers, policy makers and multidisciplinary, front-line Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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.

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 →