The BC Centre for Palliative Care is a centre of excellence with a mandate to integrate palliative care into the health system.
While we don’t provide direct palliative care, there are many resources in BC that do. If you are a caregiver or want general information about services available, Service BC can help you! Call Service BC Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5pm:
We’re proud to announce that we now have a BC Centre for Palliative Care YouTube channel.
We currently have five videos that we’ve produced. The five offer insights on the challenges of living with serious illness (featuring Dr. Doris Barwich), palliative care systems in India (featuring Dr. Rajagopal), and how compassionate communities can address gaps in palliative care.
Videos now available on our YouTube channel covering Dr. Rajagopal’s Alliance talk and Q&A.
It’s not every day that a Nobel Peace Prize (2018) nominee comes to BC.
So, it was, with great pride, that the BC Centre for Palliative Care, along with Victoria Hospice, hosted internationally acclaimed palliative care physician and Chairman of Pallium India, Dr. M.R. Rajagopal of Kerala, India, April 10-11, 2018.
During his two days in Vancouver and Victoria, thousands of British Columbians were exposed to his messages and keynote addresses around the value and importance of a palliative approach to care – Dr. Raj’s work in pain management and community engagement in palliative care in India has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a model project.
As well, an award-winning documentary film, Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World, was publicly screened attracting more than 600 people. The film features the life and work of Dr. Raj in India, and his call for compassionate care among those suffering serious illness.
In Vancouver specifically, the BC Centre for Palliative Care hosted a dinner for Dr Raj and his wife, Chandrika, with health care and community leaders in BC. The dinner was followed by the public-showing of Hippocratic which was attended by 313 people.
The Centre also hosted a breakfast meeting attended by 27 key BC community, health-care partners and interested stakeholders. Participants heard Dr. Raj give a keynote presentation on palliative care work being done in India. He emphasized the need to transform the health-care system to include a palliative approach to care for those with serious illnesses, and empower communities to help with the non-medical aspects of care.
Representatives from the following key organizations participated:
ALS Society of BC
Alzheimer Society of BC
BC Care Providers
BC Centre for Palliative Care
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association
BC Lung Association
Canadian Cancer Society
Fraser Health Authority
Huntington Society of Canada
Parkinson Society of BC
Patient Voices Network
Paul Sugar Foundation
Providence Health Care — Holy Family Hospital
Simon Fraser University
University of Athabasca
University of British Columbia
Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver General Hospital
Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
National Hospice Palliative Care Week runs from May 6-12. The theme for 2018, “Towards a more compassionate Canada, Eh?” encourages Canadians to consider ways community involvement can support the dying and bereavement process.
For National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2018, the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association are calling on Canadians to answer these questions:
* What makes a compassionate community?
* How can compassionate communities support end-of-life care?
Compassionate Communities in BC
A Compassionate Communities movement began in May 2015 with a stakeholder round-table facilitated by BCCPC.
In 2016, BCCPC launched a Seed Grant Program that provides funding, training, tools and coaching for community-based organizations interested in creating Compassionate Communities.
Currently, 68 Compassionate Communities ideas are being implemented in 48 communities across BC – 50% are happening in rural and remote communities.
The goal of the BC Compassionate Communities movement is to improve access to care and support as well as to enhance connection, meaning and belonging for people affected by serious illness, frailty and grief.
“When we think about death and dying we often imagine a hospital setting, and that can be a very frightening image for people,” says CHPCA Executive Director Sharon Baxter. “When individuals are actively engaged in their communities they surround themselves with a network of caring allies who can support their end-of-life wishes and contribute to living well. Within a compassionate communities model, living and dying well becomes everybody’s business.”
For this year’s campaign, the CHPCA has created four downloadable posters that visually represent the different ways compassionate communities can support living well, as well as a backgrounder and resource list. In addition, Canadians throughout the health-care sector, as well as individuals, are encouraged to use the hashtag #MyCompassionateCanada to share their experiences with compassionate care, ideas for living well, and their thoughts on how we can come together to support each other now and at the end of life.
The BC Centre for Palliative Care is proud to announce that Dr. Doris Barwich, our Executive Director, is the 2018 recipient of the Eduardo Bruera Award in Palliative Medicine. The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians presents this award annually to a physician who demonstrates excellence in the field of Palliative Medicine as recognized by their peers.
Dr. Barwich was honoured during the 14th Annual Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference June 2018 for her exemplary leadership and administrative abilities as well as many other notable achievements in the areas of clinical palliative medicine, research, and palliative medicine education.
Besides her current role as the inaugural Executive Director of the BC Centre for Palliative Care, this award recognizes her contribution to the CSPCP Board, including a term as CSPCP President. As well she helped to develop and lead the Fraser Health Authority End of Life Care Program (EOLC) between 2001 – 2014, an internationally-acclaimed regional palliative care program.
“I am honored to be recognized in this way and look forward to ongoing partnerships to promote integration of palliative care and compassionate communities in Canada” said Dr. Barwich.
The award, jointly sponsored by the Division of Palliative Care Medicine at the University of Alberta and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, celebrates the legacy of Dr. Bruera, an internationally recognized palliative care physician and researcher, during his tenure as director of their palliative care program.
The Centre is also proud to acknowledge Dr Leah Norgrove, winner of the CSPCP Humanitarian Award. This award is given to a CSPCP member who significantly improves the lives of under-served populations nationally or internationally. Dr Norgrove has been involved in leading the Journey Home initiative, which included a specialized LEAP for First Nations (Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care), partially funded by the BC Centre for Palliative Care.
The winners were recognized during an awards evening in conjunction with the Annual Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in Toronto on Friday, June 1, 2018.
More detailed profiles are available at www.cspcp.ca/about/awards.
By Ariela Friedmann, Communications Manager, BC Centre for Palliative Care
Have you ever wondered who you should talk to about your wishes for your future health care – really asking yourself, who needs to know?
Answering these questions is known as Advance Care Planning (ACP) – a process that supports you and your family to prepare to make decisions about your future health care. It involves understanding and sharing your values, beliefs and wishes regarding health and personal care.
This information is used during conversations with health-care providers about the treatments and care you receive, to help you get the care that’s right for you.
The BC Centre for Palliative Care and Victoria Hospice are honoured to be co-presenting the BC premiere of the feature-length documentary film, Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World, based on the extraordinary life and work of Dr M.R. Rajagopal.
April 16 is national Advance Care Planning Day — #Whoneedstoknow #ACPDay2018. Make your health-care wishes known to your family and health-care providers before it’s too late. This will help ensure your wishes are known and respected. Local events and Advance Care Planning resources listed at www.bc-cpc.ca/acp.