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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.

CSPCP ADVANCED LEARNING IN PALLIATIVE MEDICINE CONFERENCE

Date: May 23 – 25, 2019
City: Calgary, AB
Theme: Expanding Our Reach Together

Join us for 2 ½ days of learning and networking through a variety of workshops, keynotes, exhibits, and social opportunities. This advanced-level medical conference is open to palliative medicine physicians, physicians interested in palliative care, medical students and residents. Hosted by the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.

PROGRAM INFORMATION: https://www.cspcp.ca/2019alpm/2019-program/
REGISTRATION: https://www.cspcp.ca/2019alpm/alpm-registration/

Online Study Modules Now Available!

Registration is open for four online study modules from the CSPCP:
https://www.cspcp.ca/courses/

The modules are intended for:
Physicians intending to sit the subspecialty exam
Anyone wanting to study for their personal or team-based continued professional development
Topics: Complex Symptoms, Heart Failure, COPD, and Pediatric Palliative Care. 
 
The modules were created by the Palliative (Subspecialty) Exam Preparation Course Working Group: Ebru Kaya (chair), Roger Ghoche, Sonya Lowe, and Mino Mitri, in collaboration with over 30 additional volunteers and three contractors. 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and expertise in the development of these modules:

For details, pricing, and registration go to the Courses page on our web site: https://www.cspcp.ca/courses/   

Congratulations to CSPCP Award Winners

The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians is pleased to announce the CSPCP Award Winners for 2019. Please join us in congratulating:

Dr. Mike Harlos (MB): CSPCP Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Camilla Zimmermann (ON): Eduardo Bruera Award in Palliative Medicine
Dr. Naheed Dosani (ON): CSPCP Humanitarian Award

Profiles of the Award Winners are posted on the Awards page of our website.

The winners will be honoured at the Awards prsesentation during the 15th Annual Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in Calgary on Thursday, May 23.

Congratulations and thanks to Dr. Harlos, Dr. Zimmermann and Dr. Dosani for their outstanding contributions to our field.

CSPCP and CHPCA request exception to new standards from NAPRA

(March 4, 2019) Recently-released Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding for Non-Hazardous Sterile Preparations from the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) stipulate that community pharmacies must use a Before Use Date of twelve hours for pre-filled medication syringes. This significantly affects our ability to provide care for patients with palliative care needs in the home, especially at end of life.

The CSPCP and Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association jointly wrote to NAPRA on February 19, 2019, requesting an exception to this standard for palliative care. The letter describes the reasons why care is affected and what the impact is for patients, caregivers, and health care providers. Copies of the letter were sent to Health Canada, to their federal/provincial/territorial/ palliative care group, and to the heads of the provincial Sections of Palliative Medicine. We are currently awaiting a response and will provide updates when available.

Read the letter