Category Archives: Advocacy & Partnerships

CSPCP joins Palliative 4 Canadians Coalition

Palliative 4 Canadians (P4C) is a coalition of four national organizations whose sole mandate is to improve palliative care in Canada. These well-established groups provide leadership and guide progress in palliative care, and reflect an comprehensive range of knowledge, experience and expertise. All have a long history of working collaboratively with national, regional and local organizations across the country.

Palliative 4 Canadians is an action-oriented, independent working group whose mandate is to work with the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments to review and implement strategies to improve the quality and access to palliative care in Canada. This working group is comprised of Canada’s four national palliative care organizations that will bring perspectives and recommendations forward in an effective and efficient manner, capturing input from stakeholders such as, but not limited to, the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada and the Palliative Care Matters initiative.

Dr. David Henderson from the CSPCP is Chair of the group. Dr. Leonie Herx and Ms. Kim Taylor also represent the CSPCP on the P4C coalition.

Photo: Dr. David Henderson (CSPCP), Shelly Cory (Canadian Virtual Hospice), Sharon Baxter (CHPCA), Jeff Moat (Pallium Canada)

CSPCP defends hospices that do not want to provide MAiD onsite

CTV news clip and article (Feb 2018)

News 1130 article (BC, Feb 2018)

CSPCP input to proposed regulations for monitoring of MAiD

Health Canada invited submissions regarding proposed regulations for monitoring of MAiD (viewable here:

The CSPCP submitted two strong recommendations:
1. To record the nature of the grievous and irremediable suffering
2. To measure, monitor, and reporting on the availability of alternatives such as palliative care, social services, and respite.

View the CSPCP submission here

CSPCP Statement on Continuous Palliative Sedation Therapy

Continuous Palliative Sedation Therapy (CPST) is receiving increasing attention recently as it is often being offered as an alternative to MAiD. This means that more physicians may be considering using the treatment – without necessarily being familiar/competent to use it.

The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) strongly recommends that all physicians create or adopt a specific policy on CPST for their practice group or institution. This will ensure that CPST is a transparent practice that is easily distinguished from practices that hasten death and subject to best practice.

We have prepared a statement to this effect. It includes links to sample policies.

View the statement here