But what is the QELCCC? The Coalition has been in existence since December of 2000, when a group of 24 national stakeholders met in Toronto to begin to set the groundwork for the development of a Canadian strategy for end-of-life care. The result of this meeting was the creation of the QELCCC and a working document entitled Blueprint for Action (2000). Within the QELCCC an Executive Committee and five Working Groups were established. The QELCCC has been meeting on an annual basis since 2000.
After 10 years as an advocacy Coalition, the QELCCC produced the document Blueprint for Action 2010 – 2020. To continue to improve care at the end of life for all Canadians, the progress report outlined the four priorities of the QELCCC over the next 10 years.
- Ensure all Canadians have access to high quality hospice palliative end-of-life care.
- Provide more support for family caregivers.
- Improve the quality and consistency of hospice palliative end-of-life care in Canada. Canadians should expect to receive high quality care in all parts of the country.
- Encourage Canadians to discuss and plan for end of life. Hospice palliative end-of-life care will not be a priority in our health care system until it is a priority for Canadians.
- Through this report and other endeavors, the QELCCC aims to change the standard of end-of-life care in Canada.
The QELCCC continues to move forward using these points to advocate for change. The full Blueprint for Action: 2010 – 2020 can be found at www.qelccc.ca.
On June 12, 2012, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced the three year initiative The Way Forward: Moving Towards Community-Integrated Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Over the course of three years, the federal government will make a commitment for one-time funding to help support the development of new community-integrated palliative care models across Canada. This QELCCC initiative will be managed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. For more information on the Way Forward, please go to www.hpcintegration.ca.
The membership is a strong mix of disease groups, palliative care advocates, and non-secular organizations who believe that all Canadians have the right to die with dignity, free of pain, and surrounded by their loved ones. Member groups include: the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, the ALS Society of Canada, and the Canadian Medical Association. Please click here for the full list of members.