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Expert Perspectives on the Palliative Care Competency Framework

A tool that complements regional and/or local approaches

Pablita Thomas,,
Executive Director
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association

Supports team members’ self-evaluation and increases their comfort level with the expected palliative proficiencies

Dr. David Henderson,
Senior Medical Director, Integrated Palliative Care, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Reinforces the importance of the Spiritual Care Professionals to clients, health care team members, and the public.

Vivian Stang, Spiritual Care Practitioner, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care

An opportunity to improve the proficiency of health teams.

Paul Adams,
Former caregiver

Holds us accountable to meet higher standards in delivering care that is culturally and socially safe.

Laurel Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Reflects years of collaboration among palliative care experts, governments, Canadians with lived experience and stakeholder organizations.

Erika Nicholson, Vice President, Cancer Control, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

A tool for creating interdisciplinary structure that promotes standardized palliative care across disciplines.

Dr. Ebru Kaya, President, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, Departmental Division Director Palliative Medicine, University of Toronto

A starting point to support the person beyond symptom management and medication options.

Dr. Gordon McDonald
Palliative Care Physician,
New Brunswick

A common foundation that facilitates the creation of shared resources and tools. 

Kathleen Yue, Director of Strategic Initiatives, BC Centre For Palliative Care

A framework for collective advocacy, public awareness and consistent education across health disciplines.

Dr. Cathy Faulds,
Palliative Care Physician,
St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Sets the stage for equitable and timely access to palliative care for all Canadians.

Dr. Charlie Chen,
Palliative Care Physician,
Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services

Reinforces the importance of collaboration and a team-based approach to achieving quality. 

Jennifer Gurke,
Executive Director,
Palliative Manitoba

Provides assurance that learning is consistent across the country.

Kath Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Life and Death Matters

Informs continuous learning programming and content.

Jeffrey Moat, Chief Executive Officer PALLIUM CANADAJeffrey Moat, Chief Executive Officer, Pallium Canada

Clarifies the distinction between end-of-life and palliative care.

Dr. Louise Clément,
Executive Lead
Clinical Partnerships, Health Standards Organization

The competencies will lead to integrated care and will help everybody in the system do a good job, giving patients and families a good experience.

Kelli I. Stajduhar, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria and Canada Research Chair in Palliative Approaches to Care in Aging and Community Health

The Competency Framework creates consistency across the country for the competencies needed to deliver high-quality care.

Nadine Valk, Director, Education and Strategic Partnerships, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario

This project has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada.
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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