Organized in connection with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day as a unified day of action, the event highlighted the international hospice and palliative care movements and was set to raise awareness and understanding toward the various medical, social, practical and spiritual needs of people living with a life-limiting illness and their families. It also coincided with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s Month of Action, drawing attention to the Hospice Palliative Care First campaign.
In front of a live audience and via videoconference to fourteen further Ontario sites, Dr. Christopher Klinger of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly described the organization’s mandate and activities in the end-of-life domain. The organization’s evidence-based tools, such as the ‘Knowing What to Expect When Somebody Close to You is Dying’ brochure are available in multiple languages and can be ordered online at www.nicenet.ca.
Dr. James F. Cleary of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Director of the Pain and Policy Studies Group as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center delivered the 2016 Special Lecture. He holds a MD from the University of Adelaide Medical School in South Australia and completed his internal medicine residency and oncology fellowship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. An international leader in palliative medicine and Board member and past President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, he is a Master Facilitator for the Education of Physicians in End-of-Life Care program and also serves as North American Editor of Palliative Medicine the Research Journal of the European Association of Palliative Care.
His 2016 World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Special Lecture focused on the work of the Pain and Policy Studies Group in the international context – bringing the theme of the Day ‘Living and Dying in Pain: It Does Not Have to Happen’ to full circle.
This lecture, moderated by Dr. Christopher Klinger, is available as a free podcast via the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). For access, please click here.