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Joint statement from CHPCA and CSPCP regarding Palliative Care and MAiD

(Nov 27, 2019) The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) released a joint statement and call to action regarding the ongoing confusion amongst the general public about Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying.

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This statement has been endorsed by international palliative care organizations, including the International Association of Hospice Palliative Care (IAHPC) and the World Hospice Palliative Care Association (WHPCA). It has also been endorsed by the founder of palliative care in Canada, Dr. Balfour Mount, and internationally well-respected palliative care physicians such as Dr. Eduardo Bruera. You can read Dr. Mount’s message here.

If you and/or your organization would like to endorse this statement, you may do so here: Endorsement submission form


Deadline: February 2, 2020
Winners announced by: March 9, 2020
Winners honoured: ALPM Conference in Hamilton, ON

The Eduardo Bruera Award

The Eduardo Bruera Award in Palliative Medicine recognizes those physicians who have made a difference at a local/regional level, demonstrating a commitment to excellence in palliative medicine in the following five areas: clinical palliative medicine, education, research, program administration/leadership, or international involvement in palliative medicine.

The area of emphasis for 2020 is CLINICAL PALLIATIVE MEDICINE.

The rotation is shown below. Note that international involvement in palliative medicine is a component of each year’s Award but is not a specific area of emphasis in any year.

2020 – Clinical palliative medicine
2021 – Comprehensive Commitment
2022 – Education
2023 – Program administration/leadership
2024 – Research

Visit the awards page for detailed criteria and submission information.

The CSPCP Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award will be given annually to a CSPCP member who significantly improves the lives of underserved populations nationally or internationally, through:

a) Direct service provision AND/OR
b) Development of humanitarian programs

The humanitarian work does not have to be in the field of palliative medicine, but the nominee must be a palliative medicine physician.

The winner will receive one year of free membership in the CSPCP, a commemorative plaque, and presentation of the award during the 16th Annual Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in Hamilton, Ontario (May 28 – 30, 2020). Prize: A donation of $1000 to a humanitarian organization selected by the winner.

Visit the awards page for detailed criteria and submission information.

Call for Abstracts – 2020 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference

The 2020 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference will take place at the Sheraton Hamilton from May 28 – 30, 2020. The theme for ALPM 2020 is “Implementing the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada”.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts showcasing work with clear potential to impact the discipline within one of the following broad areas. The work can be in the development, implementation, piloting or dissemination phase.

  • Teaching & Education
  • Quality Improvement
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Direct Clinical Care
  • Clinical Service Delivery
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Physician Wellness


    1. All abstracts will be entered a competitive poster selection process. Typically, 20-25 posters are accepted.

    2. Primary/Presenting Authors of the top-scoring abstracts will be invited to do a short oral presentation of their poster, in addition to displaying the poster during the conference. The oral presentations will be given in a CSPCP Member Showcase from 08:00 – 09:15 on Saturday, May 30th. The Member Showcase will have a dedicated session time, so all conference delegates can attend and hear inspiring snapshots of work being done in Canada today. Details about the format will be sent to the Primary/Presenting authors of these submissions.

    3. Medical students, medical residents, and physicians are eligible to submit.

    4. We will no longer select a Top Oral Presentation and a Top Poster during ALPM. It is simply too hard to choose. Abstract selection is, in itself, a competitive process.

    Special Note for Palliative Medicine Residents and Enhanced Skills Residents in Palliative Care: You may submit abstracts through this general call OR through the Palliative Medicine Resident Research Award (not both). The call for Resident Award submissions is issued in January each year and the submission deadline is in early April, to allow Residents to complete their scholarly projects. Residents from other medical disciplines are eligible for the general call only.

    Submission details including link for submission:

    Submission deadline: 11:59 PM EST on February 2nd, 2020.

    Questions? Contact Leeanne Akehurst at Intertask Conferences:

Call for Member-Led Workshop Submissions – 2020 ALPM Conference

This opportunity closed on November 10, 2019.

The call for abstracts for (short oral presentations for the Members’ showcase and posters) will be issued in December and will be open to all physicians, medical residents, and medical students. The call for palliative medicine residents’ abstracts will be issued in April.

For further information, contact Leeanne Akehurst at Intertask Conferences: