Conference Registration Now Open


Registration for the 2014 Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference is now open! You can register online in a matter of minutes. The conference dates are Sunday, April 27 to Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  Visit the conference page for the program and more details.

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Advance Care Planning Resources



Everyone has a reason for talking – or not talking – about the care they’d want if they couldn’t speak for themselves.

The National Advance Care Planning in Canada initiative is challenging Canadians to tell their stories online at:




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HPCO Launches Video Series on Advance Care Planning-Health Care Consent

HPCO in partnership the National Speak Up Campaign has recorded a series of educational videos about Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent. The first video is called “Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent in Ontario: Making Your Wishes Known.”

For move videos, go to our Advance Care Planning video page

Ontario Specific Resources for Advance Care Planning:

Here are some resources that may be used to promote the day, to use at a workshop or discussion group, or to start a conversation about Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent.

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Redefining Palliative Care

The March 18, 2014 edition of MacLean’s Magazine has an informative article titled “Redefining Palliative Care” by Kate Lunau which highlights some misconceptions about hospice palliative care. “Patients and doctors often think it’s only for the dying. New studies show it may extend life” writes Ms. Lunau.

The article also highlights a series of town hall about meetings hosted by the Canadian Medical Association . In February, the Association launched “A healthy life, a good death” a dialogue series on end-of-life care using a town-hall format in various Canadian cities. The first event was held on February 20 in St. John’s and future town-hall meetings will be held in, Whitehorse (April 16), Regina, (May 7) and Mississauga, Ont. (May 27). In addition to the public town-hall consultations, the CMA is consulting members via a parallel series of meetings and is hosting an online consultation for physicians at

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