2019 World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Special Lecture:

“My Care – My Right: Matching Care to Our Patient’s Needs”

Authors: Christopher A. Klinger, PhD* and Raza M. Mirza, PhD**
* National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) and Pallium Canada
** National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) and Institute for Life Course and Aging, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Lecture Date: November 21, 2019; Publication Date: January 10, 2020

Dr. Diane E. Meier (CAPC); Photo Credit: Christopher A. Klinger, PhD (NICE and Pallium Canada)

The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly’s End-of-Life Issues Theme Team, Pallium Canada, and the Institute for Life Course and Aging (ILCA) at the University of Toronto hosted the annual World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Special Lecture at the University of Toronto’s Bahen Centre for Information Technology on November 21, 2019.

Organized in connection with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) as a unified day of action, the event highlighted the international hospice and palliative care movements with the aim of raising awareness and understanding toward the various medical, social, practical, and spiritual needs of people living with a life-limiting illness and their families/friends. WHPCD is organized by a committee of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) as a network of hospice and palliative care national and regional organizations that support the development of the movements across the globe.

In front of a live audience that braced a stormy Toronto day, Christopher A. Klinger, PhD of NICE and Pallium Canada welcomed this year’s distinguished speakers on behalf of the host organizations and reminded the audience of the opportunities for the sectors posed by the new Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.

Jeffrey B. Moat, CM—Chief Executive Officer of Pallium Canada—provided a brief overview on the organization and its ongoing educational and research activities, including its suite of courseware that includes 18 Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) interprofessional courses aimed at different settings, professions, and specialty areas. In September of 2019, Pallium Canada and McMaster University announced the launch of the Dr. Joshua Shadd – Pallium Canada Research Hub at the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care conference. The Hub is focused on educational curriculum design and evaluating the health system impact of hospice palliative care. One of its first initiatives is to create a Canadian Atlas of Palliative Care, a first of its kind in Canada.

Dr. Diane E. Meier, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) in the United States of America (US) who has published several books and more than 200 original peer-reviewed papers in the field, focused her keynote presentation on matching palliative care activities toward a patient’s needs, highlighting the transformative work of her organization toward increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the US. Further discussion on education and training, mapping and enhanced service provision brought the theme of the Day “My Care – My Right” to full circle.

A webcast of the lecture is available for free via Pallium Canada’s YouTube channel.

Jeffrey B. Moat, CM (Pallium Canada); Esme Fuller-Thomson, PhD (ILCA); Dr. Diane E. Meier (CAPC); Christopher A. Klinger, PhD (NICE and Pallium Canada); Jeffrey Campbell, MBA (Pallium Canada);      Photo Credit: Craig Madho, MHSc (NICE).