A New Approach

“Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”

World Health Organization

We’re not there yet: the challenges facing palliative care in Canada

  • Only 15 to 30 percent…

    Only 15 to 30 percent of people have access to specialized palliative care. Are you among these few?
  • If your wish is…

    If your wish is to die at home, will you have the level of support you need? Most do not.
  • Do you have the…

    Do you have the essential skills to support someone with a life-limiting illness? Palliative care is everyone’s business.
  • Are you struggling…

    Are you struggling to cope with illness as you are being moved between hospitals, community facilities, and home? Unfortunately, you are not alone.
  • Palliative care is often…

    Palliative care is often misunderstood. It is not about end of life. It’s about quality of life for the time you have left.

“No one wants to talk about death.”

At his first appointment, Anya’s husband, Fred was told his late stage cancer would not be cured. Although he was dying, no one talked about death throughout two years of treatment.

“Death is a big deal,” Anya said, “but no one would talk about it and it was the main thing we needed help with.”View this story

What better palliative care looks like

Common language, competencies and framework for palliative care in Canada.

Application of a palliative care approach in all settings including rural/remote areas, indigenous communities, LGBTQ and recently immigrated populations.

Recognition that everyone has a part to play. It’s about collaboration between physicians and nurses, community champions and workplaces, and paramedics and emergency departments.

Attitudinal and knowledge shifts about dying and death so that everyone can deeply engage in that part of life’s journey.

How we ensure every Canadian who requires palliative care receives it early, effectively and compassionately

What Pallium brings

Pallium is turning knowledge into action to improve access to palliative care across Canada through:

Educational resources

There’s much we can do to make a difference.
Let’s get started now.