A palliative care course for health professionals working in the community
Target learnersHealthcare professionals (mainly physicians, nurses, pharmacists but also others) whose primary focus of work is not palliative care but who in the course of their work care for patients with life-threatening and progressive life-limiting illnesses.
AccreditationThis group learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 28 Mainpro+ credits.
  • Provides learners with the essential, basic competencies of the palliative care approach
  • Ideal for developing teamwork, promoting interprofessional collaboration, promoting collaboration amongst providers in different agencies who need to work together (e.g. community-based family physicians, home care nurses, community pharmacists, etc.)
  • Competency-based
  • Workshop format; maximum of 25 learners
  • Length: 2 days or total of 14 hours (excluding breaks)
Course Requirements
  • Pallium trained and certified LEAP Facilitators
  • Learner to facilitator ratio of no more than 10:1
Learning activities
  • Small and large group learning and discussions
  • Case-based
  • Long & short cases
  • Short videos
  • Reflections
  • Practical tips

  • Being Aware
  • Taking Ownership
  • Decision-making
  • Hydration, Nutrition & GI Symptoms
  • Pain
  • Delirium
  • Essential Conversations
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Psychosocial & Spiritual Care
  • Last Days & Hours
  • Respiratory Symptoms
  • Palliative Sedation
  • Resources and Quality Improvement
  • Grief
To register for a courseClick here to find a session near you
To organize a courseIf there is no course near you and/or you wish to bring one to your team, facility or community, contact the Pallium Office at support@pallium.ca or call us at 1-613-562-6262 ext. 1784. Organizers also need to create an account or login to their existing account in Pallium Central, our learning management system
    Course Lead
  • José Pereira MBChB, CCFP(PC), MSc, FCFP
    Scientific Officer, Pallium Canada
    Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University
    Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Maryse Bouvette, BScN, Med., CON(C), CHPCN(C)
    Coordinator of the Regional Palliative Consultation Team (RPCT)
    Palliative Care Advance Practice nurse consultant, Bruyere Continuing Care
  • Lori Teeple MD CCFP(EM) FCFP (PC)
    MD CCFP FCFP (PC – Palliative Care)
    Associate Professor Medicine and Family Medicine
    Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University
    • Contributors and Reviewers
  • Stephanie Buchanan, RN, MHScN, EdD(cand) CHPCN(C)
    Professor/Clinical Instructor, Nursing Department, Centennial College
  • Sandy Buchman, MD, CCFP (PC), FCFP
    Associate Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
    Education Lead & Family Physician Practising in Palliative Care
    The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, ON
  • Gordon Giddings, MD CCFP(PC), FCFP
    Senior Medical Advisor | Professional Conduct
  • J. David Henderson, MD, CCFP(PC)
    Medical Director, Colchester East Hants Palliative Care Service
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine, Dalhousie Univ.
  • Julie Johnston, BA, Dipl.Business
    Executive Director, St. Joseph’s – Hospice of London
  • Glen Maddison, M.D. MCFP(EM)
    Medical Director St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia
    Adjunct Professor Family Medicine, Western University
    Clinical Co-Lead Palliative Care Erie St. Clair LHIN, ON
  • Denise Marshall, BSc., MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP
    Medical Director, Niagara West Palliative Care Team and McNally House Hospice
    Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Care
    Dept of Family Medicine, McMaster University
  • Linda Read Paul, RN, MN, CHPCN(C)
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care Consult Service – Rural
    Okotoks Health & Wellness Center, BC
  • Ben Robert, MD, MBA, CCFP (CoE & PC)
    Medical Director, Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre; Medical Director, Dementia Program, Glebe Centre
    Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa; attending physician, TOH (the Ottawa Hospital)
    Family Medicine, ON
  • Robert Sauls, MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP
    Palliative Care Physician, Trillium Health Partners – Credit Valley Hospital Site, Mississauga,
    Lecturer, Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Toronto, ON
  • Sally Tierney, B.Sc.Phm,
    Clinical Pharmacist, Palliative Care Unit
    Bruyere Continuing Care
    • Instructional Design & Project Support
  • Odete Carreira (project management)
  • Gaelle Parsons (slides)
  • Brady Riordan (layout)

  • LEAP Core has its foundations in the Pallium Rural Weekend Retreat (2001-2003) and LEAP version 1 (2004-2012)

      Course leads and developers
  • José Pereira MBChB, CCFP(PC), MSc, FCFP
    Scientific Officer, Pallium Canada
    Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University
    Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, ON
  • Michael Aherne Pallium
    B.Com., M.Ed., CMC
    Project Director , Initiative Development, AB
  • Dr. Romayne Gallagher MD CCFP
    University of British Columbia
    • Contributors and Reviewers
  • Fraser Black, MD, CCFP
    Victoria Hospice Society, BC
  • Velda Clark
    Director; Palliative Care Program
    Regina Health District Regina, SK
  • Gillian Flyes, MD
    B.C. Cancer Agency. BC
  • Jocelyne Lockyer, PhD
    University of Calgary; AB
  • Robin Love, MD,CCFP
    Vancouver Health Authority, MB
  • Daphne Powell
    Nurse Coordinator; Palliative Care
    St. Paul’s Hospital Saskatoon, SK
  • Shannon Pyziak, BN, RN, CHPCN(C)
    Interlake Regional Health Authority, MB
  • Cheryl Smith, BN, RN, CHPCN(C)
    North Eastman Health Association, MB
  • Ron Spice, MD, CCFP
    Calgary Health Region, AB
  • Merle Teetaert, RN, CHPCN (C )
    Assiniboine Regional Health Authority, MB
  • Pat Trozzo, BSc. (Pharm), BSc. (Chem), BCPS
    CancerCare Manitoba, MB
  • Rob Wedel, MD, CCFP, FCFP
    Chinook Health Region, AB
  • Cornelius Woelk, MD, CCFP
    Central Health Authority Inc., MB
    • Project Management & Design
  • Melanie Eastley, Graphic Design
  • Harvey Popovich
  • Robert Powell, M.ED., InfoTask Inc.
  • Dianne Smith, Copy editor
  • Lu Ziola, Managing Editor and layout

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