About Pallium Canada
Pallium is a national, non-profit organization focused on building professional and community capacity to help improve the quality and accessibility of palliative care in Canada. We are a community of clinicians, educators, researchers, carers, administrators, volunteers, Indigenous leaders and citizen advocates working together to accelerate the integration of palliative care in Canadian communities and health care systems. Pallium was founded in Canada, by Canadians and in service to Canadian health care professionals, patients and families, and communities.
What We Do
Pallium provides practical and evidence-based solutions to increase the quality and accessibility of palliative care in Canada by:
Transforming Health Care Practice
Pallium’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) courses transform frontline health care professional practice across all settings of care.
Pallium accelerates the development of Compassionate Communities by providing practical tools and resources that empower communities to provide important physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and practical support to patients facing life-limiting illnesses and their families and caregivers.
Palliative care is everyone’s business.
Improving palliative care in Canada is everyone’s business, not just the responsibility of a small number of palliative care specialist physicians and nurses. Every community has the potential to transform our society into a skilled, informed and compassionate one with respect to palliative care. Whether you are a health care organization, health care professional, community leader or influencer, you can help make this happen.
Who We Help
Pallium equips health care organizations, health care professionals, and community members with the skills and tools to provide better palliative care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
We help health care organizations build capacity by providing palliative care education and resources for health care professionals working in different settings.
We provide health care professionals with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to help provide palliative care to patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in a more timely and effective way.
We provide tools and resources to accelerate the integration of Compassionate Communities across Canada.
Pallium’s goal is to strengthen Canada’s ability to provide home and community-based palliative care through education and support to health care professionals and family and neighbourhood carers, so that every Canadian who requires palliative care will receive it early, effectively, and compassionately.
The Palliative Care Approach
“Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”
– World Health Organization