Pallium Canada and Alberta Health Services Strike Exciting New Partnership

Canada’s Largest Province-Wide Palliative Care Training Initiative

On August 29, 2022, the Minister of Health for Alberta announced $11.3M in project grants to advance palliative and end-of-life care across the province.  With this investment, Pallium Canada and Alberta Health Services (AHS) are partnering to implement Canada’s largest province-wide palliative care training initiative. This exciting initiative will provide thousands of health care workers across Alberta with high-quality palliative care education and training, resulting in better access to earlier palliative care for patients and their families.

In this new partnership, AHS will leverage Pallium Canada’s award-winning Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP™) training to standardize palliative care education across the province. Over the next two years, the new initiative will equip 28,000 Alberta health care providers with the skills and tools to provide better palliative care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families. The partnership will more than double the number of certified LEAP™ facilitators to support future learning needs of front-line health care providers.

Pallium Canada’s CEO, Jeffrey Moat, says, “We are pleased to be working with Alberta Health Services on this initiative. We commend their bold leadership and vision to scale training across the province using the highest-quality educational tools available. This partnership with AHS is an opportunity to ensure more Albertans have access to earlier, more effective, and more compassionate palliative care.”

Pallium Canada’s LEAP™ training courseware provides practical, inter-professional and evidence-based training in the palliative care approach. LEAP™ equips health care professionals with the expertise and skills to provide palliative care to patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in a more timely and effective way.

“The Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PEOLC) portfolios and the Provincial PEOLC team within AHS are excited to partner with Pallium Canada to deliver LEAP™ training across the province,” says Michelle Peterson Fraser, Provincial Director of Palliative and End-of-Life Care, AHS.

“AHS is grateful for the funding provided by Alberta Health for this two-year provincial initiative which will significantly enhance education and competencies for the provision of palliative care across multiple health sectors and disciplines. Palliative care education is foundational to help serve Albertans with PEOLC needs by promoting early access to quality care.”

About Pallium Canada

Pallium Canada is a national, non-profit organization based in Ottawa, Canada. For over 20 years, we have helped healthcare organizations build capacity by providing accredited interprofessional palliative care education and resources for health care professionals working in different settings that serves to transform practice and improve patient care.

About Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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