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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


On December 4, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, federal Minister of Health, tabled the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada in Parliament. The Framework resulted from passing of Bill C-277, An Act Providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada one year ago. The Framework is the result of year-long national consultations with many stakeholders including the CSPCP. The process brought the subject of palliative care to the forefront of Canadian national politics and provided many opportunities for Canada’s leaders and stakeholders to be educated and to add their support.

Link to Framework (English)
Link to Framework (French)

Health Canada is planning the following next steps:

  1. Departmental officials will develop a Framework implementation plan, which will aim to action the guiding principles and goals reflected in the Framework.
  2. Health Canada will establish the Office of Palliative Care to provide high level coordination of palliative care activities going forward.
  3. They will continue to work with National Indigenous Organizations to explore the development of Indigenous-led engagement processes toward the development of a distinctions-based palliative care framework for Indigenous Peoples.

We look forward to seeing how the implementation unfolds and the CSPCP will continue to be an active partner. It is heartening to have federal politicians and Health Canada assist all of us with improving palliative care for all Canadians.