The Canadian federal government has announced a three year initiative together with funding of $3millionto help support the development of new community-integrated palliative care models across Canada. This initiative of the Quality End-of-life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC) will be managed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA).
“As the population ages, the prevalence of chronic and life-limiting illnesses will increase. In response, Canada must work towards a system of community-integrated hospice palliative care,” said Sharon Baxter, executive director of the CHPCA. “This funding will help to ensure that hospice palliative care is available at the community level for those Canadians who are dying, as well as their families. It will also ensure that it is easily accessible as part of the continuum of care.”
The initiative will engage all settings, sectors, professionals and governments in a dialogue regarding the implementation of community-integrated palliative and end-of-life care. Over the course of the Initiative, the QELCCC and the CHPCA will also encourage engagement and dialogue based upon sound evidence and promising practices. This will result in a Framework with targets and strategies that all stakeholders will have a hand in shaping, and that therefore reflect their needs and challenges, resulting in the ability to implement these strategies at all levels.
Click here for more information about The Way Forward: Moving Towards Community-Integrated Hospice Palliative Care in Canada Initiative.