For Immediate Release
Pallium Canada AGM 2015-16:
Palliative Care Education for All Care Providers
Links to PDFs:
Annual General Report – English
Annual General Report – French
OTTAWA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 – On Friday, September 9, 2016, the Pallium Foundation of Canada (Pallium Canada) held its 2nd Annual General Meeting at the Saint-Vincent Hospital. The event engaged front-line healthcare providers, industry professionals, palliative care physician leaders, champions of palliative care, government officials, partnering organizations, National LEAP Advisory Committee Members, Pallium Board Directors, and key members of the Pallium Canada community.
The AGM was highlighted by keynote addresses from Dr. James Nininger, past President and CEO of the Conference Board of Canada who shared his Early Insights on Palliative Care. Dr. José Pereira, Pallium Canada’s Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder, highlighted Pallium Canada’s 2020 Vision when ‘every Canadian who requires palliative care will receive it early, effectively and compassionately’. The event celebrated Pallium’s year two accomplishments of the federally funded Building the Future of Palliative Care Together project, as well as outlined Pallium’s Vision 2020, “Palliative Care Education for All Care Providers -Accelerating Integration”.
Notable accomplishments from year two of the project include the development and launch of a suite of new Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative (LEAP) courses, including: LEAP Long-Term Care, LEAP Paramedic, LEAP Carers and the Taking Ownership workshop (also known as the “Golden Hour”). Another major accomplishment was the completion and distribution of the 2nd Edition of the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook and eBook. Over 3,300 copies of the Pocketbook were sold in the three weeks ending March 31st, 2016
In early 2016, Pallium Canada launched the Pallium App to assist healthcare professionals and Canadians find the palliative resources they need.
It provides access to clinical decision-support tools, essential conversation tips, national resources and a framework to input provincial and local resources. It is available for download from Apple’s App Store and Google Play!
Pallium Canada’s LEAP Facilitator Training program has been strengthened through the inclusion of intercultural competencies. Building off our First Nations, Inuit and Metis (FNIM) Provincial Palliative Care Engagements intercultural competency attitudes, skills and knowledge have become a pillar of our LEAP Facilitator Training.
LEAPing forward to 2016-17, Pallium is well positioned to continue building community capacity to care for our most vulnerable, those living with life threatening illness and with their families who love and support them.
We will be launching the 2nd Edition of the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook and LEAP Mini in French, piloting and launching new setting-based LEAP courses, including: LEAP Online, LEAP Heart, LEAP Liver, LEAP Hospital, LEAP Emergency Department, LEAP Surgery, LEAP Lung, LEAP Hospice, LEAP Complex Continuing Care and the LEAP Undergraduate Basket. Keep an eye on www.pallium.ca for updates.
Together, we can continue to do more!
About Pallium Canada
Since 2001, Pallium Canada has been the sole national organization supporting continuing interprofessional palliative care education across Canada. Federal Funding provided through the Building the Future of Palliative Care Together project in the 2013 Economic Action Plan has enabled Pallium Canada to equip more front-line healthcare providers with essential palliative care knowledge and skills, strengthen the community of palliative and end-of-life care professionals, and enhance the reach of palliative care services in rural, remote and urban settings – including Aboriginal peoples.