Congratulations to Queen’s University student Palika Kohli, winner of the 2020 Undergraduate Narrative Award for Palliative Medicine for an essay she submitted to the contest. Cassia Tremblay (University of British Columbia) received honourable mention for a poem.
We will encourage these students to submit their entries for potential publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and we will post them as soon as we are able. Palika Kohli will also receive a cash prize of $500, generously sponsored by Pallium Canada. Published narratives from past years’ contest are posted here.
Each year the award also recognizes a palliative care physician who has shown an enduring commitment to the integration of the arts and humanities into the practice of palliative medicine. This year’s honouree is Dr. Stephen Libenfrom McGill University.
Thank you to all entrants and to the 2020 judging committee: Margaret Cottle (CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee), Stephen Liben (Honoree, McGill U.), Carol-Ann Courneya (Advisor), Cori Schroder (CSPCP Awards Committee), and Barbara Sibbald (CMAJ).
For detailed information about this award, see the Awards Page on this web site.
To contribute toward health care professional preparedness during this pandemic, Pallium will be hosting a series of webinars in the upcoming weeks focused on topics that are relevant to our health care teams who are actively leading the response to COVID-19. They have created a new page on pallium.ca where webinars will be listed: www.pallium.ca/pallium-canadas-covid-19-response-resources. Please check regularly for updated webinar listings.
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