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PUBLICATION – Palliative Care Staffing Model from CSPCP

The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians is proud to announce publication of a paper developed by the CSPCP’s Staffing Model Working Group: Drs. Anne Boyle, David Henderson, Aleco Alexiadis, Doris Barwich, Stephanie Connidis, Leonie Herx, Dave Lysecki, and Aynharan Sinnarajah, with project support from Ms. Louise Hanvey. We hope the staffing model will be useful for palliative care programs across Canada.

The Journal of Palliative Medicine issued a press release that summarizes it beautifully.

You can link to the article for free until August 31st, 2019.

There is also a detailed full paper on the CSPCP web site: CSPCP Palliative Care Staffing Model Full Paper Aug 2019

SAVE THE DATE – CSPCP’s Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference 2020

The 2020 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference will be held in Hamilton, Ontario.

Pre-conference workshop(s): Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Regular conference program: Thursday, May 28 through Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Conference Committee is working on the program, using input from conference evaluations and guidance and from Hamilton representatives. The Committee will announce the keynote speakers and invited workshop presenters in the fall.

There will be many opportunities for CSPCP members to contribute to the program including:

  • A call to CSPCP members to submit proposals for interactive workshops
  • A call for abstracts for poster presentations. Authors of top-scoring abstracts will be invited to give short oral presentations
  • A call to Residents for presentations and/or posters regarding their scholarly projects


The timing and deadlines for the calls will be announced in the fall.

Results of the CSPCP Board of Directors Election and Appointment of Officers


Back row (L-R): Anne Boyle, Charlie Chen, Lawrence Lee, Amit Arya, Subhra Mohapatra
Front row (L-R): Stephen Singh, Ebru Kaya, Leonie Herx, Anna Voeuk, David Henderson

Board Election and Appointment of Officers

Seven Directors at Large were elected for a two-year term at the CSPCP AGM on Friday, May 24, 2019:

Dr. Amit Arya
Dr. Anne Boyle (re-elected, newly appointed as President-Elect)
Dr. Charlie Chen
Dr. David Henderson (re-elected)
Dr. Ebru Kaya (re-elected, newly appointed as Treasurer)
Dr. Lawrence Lee
Dr. Stephen Singh (re-elected)

Terms are continuing for:
Dr. Leonie Herx (President)
Dr. Subhra Mohapatra
Dr. Anna Voeuk (newly appointed as Secretary)

Thank you to everyone who ran for the Board and congratulations to those were elected or re-elected. Special thanks to the outgoing Board members Dr. Stephanie Connidis, Dr. Pippa Hawley and Dr. Bruno Gagnon for their service to the CSPCP.

Executive Committee & Staff


Kim Taylor (Executive Director), Anne Boyle (President-Elect), Leonie Herx (President), Ebru Kaya (Treasurer, Anna Voeuk (Secretary), Michelle Veer (Administrative Assistant)

Updated Key Messages: Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

(May 17, 2019) The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians released an updated document today entitled Key Messages: Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). MAiD became legal in Canada in June 2016 when the Parliament of Canada passed federal legislation allowing eligible Canadian adults to request it. Prior to the legislation, the CSPCP developed Key Messages about Physician Hastened Death which were released in October 2015. The updated Key Messages reaffirm our original position and frame it in the current Canadian context.

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