Representatives from the Palliative 4 Canadians (P4C) group met with Health Canada on January 30, 2019 to begin discussing implementation of the national Framework on Palliative Care in Canada. The Framework was tabled in parliament on December 4, 2018 by the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, federal Minister of Health, after a year-long consultation with many stakeholders including the CSPCP. Health Canada reported that they will now develop a Framework implementation plan that aims to action the guiding principles and goals reflected in the Framework. Their goal is to have the plan ready by late Spring 2019. Health Canada also plans to establish an Office of Palliative Care to provide high level coordination of palliative care activities going forward. P4C shared suggestions on how the Office could be structured to optimize efficiency and results.
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.
*Canada’s four national palliative care organizations – CSPCP, CHPCA, Canadian Virtual Hospice and Pallium Canada
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)