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Registration still OPEN – Recordings of Virtual Conference 2021 (#ALPM2021)

Registration is open to access recordings from the CSPCP’s Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Virtual Conference, which took place from February 25-27, 2021. Registration is open to physicians, medical residents and medical students only.

Registrants can access the session recordings until December 31, 2020.

Why watch the recordings?

  1. The conference provides advanced level palliative medicine content.
  2. You can learn at your leisure, from the comfort of your home or office.
  3. Earn continuing education credits with the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. (details here)
  4. The conference was highly rated by participants. Over 90% said it enhanced their knowledge. 89% said they will apply knowledge they learned to their practice.
  5. It is entirely focused on physicians.





Health Canada Report on Home and Community-based Palliative Care – Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic

(June 2021) We are pleased to share this report from the End-of-Life Care Unit at Health Canada.

English: Read more

French:  Read more

The report features many new practices and innovative tools that can improve the future of home and community-based palliative care – for example, making virtual care more accessible, increasing the availability of palliative symptom management kits, and giving family caregivers adequate support to provide palliative care for loved ones at home. It is hoped that sharing some of these new practices and tools may inspire readers to use and adapt them as required, or develop and share their own innovations. By sharing knowledge and experience, together we can come out of the pandemic stronger than before.

Thank you to Dr. Stephen Singh for participating in the discussions on behalf of the CSPCP.

Human Resources Working Group Underway

(June 2021) The CSPCP’s Human Resources Working Group (HR WG) been formed and they are already hard at work! The HR WG consists of CSPCP members who work as palliative care consultants and who have significant experience with human resource planning and/or remuneration. A variety of provinces are represented. Other provinces will be engaged as the work evolves. Thank you to this fantastic group for stepping up to help!

  •  Leonie Herx and Ebru Kaya (Co-chairs, ON)
  • Ed Dubland – BC
  • David Henderson – NS
  • Olivia Nguyen – QC
  • Ayn Sinnarajah – AB/ON
  • Kim Taylor – CSPCP Executive Director / Staff support

Memoir by Dr. Balfour Mount

We are sharing with our membership a memoir written by the first president of the CSPCP.

Dr. Balfour Mount’s memoir, Ten Thousand Crossroads: The Path as I Remember It, is now available at:

“The story of Dr. Mount’s life and the influences which caused a boy from Ottawa to become a leader of singular import is an extraordinarily interesting tale…readers may look forward to an engrossing and witty read. ” -Neil MacDonald

“Recognized as the father of palliative care in North America, Balfour Mount facilitated a sea change in medical practice by foregrounding concern for the whole person facing incurable illness”

“Embedded in Balfour Mount’s fascinating autobiography is crucial insight into the birth of a medical subspecialty that became a movement in society: the attempt to offer relief from emotional and physical suffering at the end of life.” -Gregory Fricchione Harvard Medical School

Happy reading.

Proposed $29.8 million for palliative care

(April 20, 2021) If passed as presented, the proposed 2021 federal budget includes:

Better Palliative Care

To provide Canadians, including those who live in long-term care and their families, with better palliative and end-of-life care, including culturally sensitive care:

  • Budget 2021 proposes to provide $29.8 million over six years, starting in 2021-22, to Health Canada to advance the government’s palliative care strategy and lay a better foundation for coordinated action on long-term and supportive care needs, improving access to quality palliative care. Initiatives could include: raising awareness of the importance of palliative care; providing public education on grief; improving palliative care skills and supports for health care providers, families, caregivers, and communities; enhancing data collection and research; and improving access to culturally sensitive palliative and end-of-life care.