On Friday, September 15, 2017, the Pallium Foundation of Canada (Pallium Canada) held its 3rd Annual General Meeting. Hosted at the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital, the event brought together healthcare providers, palliative care physician leaders, champions of palliative care, government officials, partnering organizations, industry professionals, Pallium Board Directors, and key members of the Pallium Canada community.
The event was highlighted by Anya Humphrey, a family carer, a member of the first Patient and Family Advisory Council to Cancer Care Ontario and a strong advocate for better palliative care and support for the patient and family. Dr. José Pereira, Pallium Canada’s Scientific Officer and Co-Founder, spoke about the organization’s beginnings and reminded us why palliative care is important now more than ever. Dr. Kathryn Downer presented key results from the Building the Future of Palliative Care Together project which has concluded after 3 years.
Notable accomplishments include the launch of 2 new LEAP courses, LEAP Renal and LEAP Mini in French; the renewal of LEAP Core, LEAP Mini and LEAP LTC and the launch of LEAP Paramedic in a blended delivery (online and face-to-face workshop). Pallium Canada also published the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook in French, translations in Japanese and Portuguese are in the works. Other major advances Pallium Canada has made was in Compassionate Communities (CC), by piloting a LEAP Health Sciences at Brock University and by supporting CC initiatives such as Niagara West, Burlington, Windsor-Essex and New Westminster BC.
Pallium Canada’s Honourary Chair, Dr. Srini Chary, introduced the new Board Chair, Gérald Savoie, who then spoke about the organization’s next steps. For 2017-2018, Pallium aims to make palliative care everyone’s business, bringing further support to Compassionate Communities initiatives across Canada by developing a LEAP Carers course, working further on LEAP Health Science and building a Compassionate Communities start-up kit to assist other communities across Canada to start their own initiatives.
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.