Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN)The Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) is a partnership of community stakeholders, health service providers and health systems planners who are developing a coordinated, standardized approach for delivering palliative care services in the province. It supports and aligns with the Ministry’s Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, which highlights a commitment to improved access and equity in palliative and end-of-life care at home and in the community. The following documents contain more information about the OPCN:
- Palliative and End-Of-Life Care Provincial Roundtable Report - John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
- OPCN July 2016 Update (English)
- OPCN July 2016 Update (French)
- OPCN October 2016 Update (English)
- OPCN October 2016 Update (French)
- OPCN January 2017 Update regarding Capacity Planning, Funding for Volunteer Training and Funding Status of High Strength, Long-Acting Opiods
- OPCN Newsletter May 2017
Ontario Developing Comprehensive Strategy on Palliative and End-Of-Life CareAs part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is proposing to invest an additional $75 million over three years to provide patients with more options and access to palliative and end-of-life care.
This investment would improve community-based hospice and palliative care services including:
- Supporting up to 20 new hospices across Ontario and increasing the funding for existing facilities
- Increasing supports for caregivers that will help families and loved ones support palliative patients at home and in the community
- Promoting advance care planning so that families and health care providers understand patients' wishes for end-of-life care
- Establishing the Ontario Palliative Care Network, a new body to advance patient-centred care and develop provincial standards to strengthen services.
Ontario is also releasing the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Provincial Roundtable Report, which compiles feedback from recent consultations led by John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The consultations included 16 roundtables with more than 325 stakeholders across the province, including patients, families, doctors, nurses and health system leaders. The Roundtable Report will help Ontario develop a comprehensive strategy on palliative and end-of-life care, which will focus on supporting families and caregivers, and ensuring access to coordinated quality care where patients want it.
Improving palliative care is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.It is also part of Ontario's Patients First: Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, which is the government's plan to improve and expand home and community care over the next three years.
- With the 2016 Ontario Budget investment of $75 million over three years, the province will invest a total of $155 million in hospice and palliative care over the next three years.
- Ontario currently provides funding for 34 hospices across the province and is committed to supporting up to 20 additional hospices.
- Last year, 13,500 hospice volunteers supported more than 17,000 in-home clients and 4,000 people near the end of their lives. On average, for each hospice client served, five family members are also supported.
- Palliative and End-of-Life Care Provincial Roundtable Report
- Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care
- Ontario’s Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care
- Hospice Palliative Care Ontario
QUOTES"Ensuring that patients and families across the province have access to compassionate and high-quality palliative care is critical at this very important and challenging time of their lives. Our goal is to build on Ontario’s strong network of providers and volunteers who make an enormous difference to the palliative care patients receive."
— John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The government’s investments demonstrate an understanding that community hospice palliative care is cost effective and desirable care. Hospice palliative care is a holistic approach supporting patients and their families from diagnosis to end-of-life. Medical, practical, psychosocial and spiritual supports are provided at home and, when needed, in a home-like residential hospice. The government’s collaborative approach is helping community organizations to deliver quality care that people want and need."
— Rick Firth, President and CEO, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario
"The Ontario Palliative Care Network will work with partners to ensure patients receive high-quality, high-value care that is centred around their needs. We look forward to supporting an integrated and seamless palliative care system for all Ontarians."
— Michael Sherar, President and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario
"It is imperative that the overall system be designed to improve access, coordination and quality, so that patients have outstanding palliative care, and families and caregivers have adequate fundamental support. We look forward to the transformation derived from ongoing and new partnerships that will strengthen palliative care at a regional and provincial level."
— Bill MacLeod, CEO, Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network
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