Pat Porterfield, RN, MSN
Co-Chair, Public Awareness and Education Working Group
Pat Porterfield has been involved in palliative care as a clinician, educator and researcher for the past 35 years. She retired from her position as Regional Leader for Palliative Care at Vancouver Coastal Health in 2012. While at Vancouver Coastal Health, she was involved with initiatives to extend a palliative approach into residential care and primary care, including participation in the development of the GPSC Practice Support Program (PSP) End-of-Life Module. She was also involved in the development of advance care planning within Vancouver Coastal Health.
Since retirement, she has continued with public education for advance care planning and co-chairs the BC Centre for Palliative Care Advance Care Planning Public Awareness and Education Working Group. These experiences have served to broaden Pat’s understanding of the benefits and challenges of integrating a palliative approach to systems of care.
- Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
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