The Palliative Care Coalition of Canada (PCCC), formerly known as the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC), is proud to announce a significant milestone in its mission to achieve quality palliative care for all Canadians. Following the agreement reached at the 2023 Annual General Meeting, the coalition will update its identity in order to better reflect its mission, vision and values. This decision reflects PCCC’s steadfast commitment to embracing the current, accepted definition of palliative care – an all-encompassing approach that improves the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones facing serious illness.
The Palliative Care Coalition of Canada is made up of more than 30 national organizations dedicated to improving palliative care for all. The Coalition believes that everyone in Canada has the right to high-quality palliative care that allows them to die with dignity, free of pain, in the company of those they love, and in a setting of their choice.
This evolution of the Coalition’s name is not merely a symbolic gesture but a reflection of its renewed dedication to promoting a comprehensive palliative approach to care. By focusing on the full treatment cycle, the Palliative Care Coalition of Canada aims to challenge conventional perceptions that palliative care is solely for the final days of someone’s life. Instead, it aims to raise awareness and advocate for accessible, compassionate care that addresses physical, emotional, and spiritual needs throughout the entire illness trajectory regardless of where it ends.
As the Palliative Care Coalition of Canada embarks on this new chapter, they remain committed in their belief that achieving quality palliative care requires a collaborative well- funded and sustainable national strategy for hospice, palliative, and end-of-life care. This new name empowers PCCC to communicate its mission more effectively, facilitate with government bodies, healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders to effect meaningful change in the Canadian healthcare system as outlined in the Coalition’s Blueprint for Action and ultimately, make a lasting impact on the lives of patients and their families.
“This new identify for the Coalition as the Palliative Care Coalition of Canada represents an important shift in our Coalition’s focus and aspirations,” said Jeffrey Moat, CEO of Pallium Canada who is the Secretariat for the Palliative Care Coalition of Canada.
“Our goal is to ensure that everyone in Canada has access to quality, compassionate, person-centred palliative care that supports them and their loved ones throughout their illness journey. We firmly believe that quality care should be available from the moment of diagnosis, providing comfort, support, and dignity for patients and their loved ones.”
The Palliative Care Coalition of Canada invites everyone in Canada to join hands in advancing the cause of comprehensive and quality palliative care, no matter where in the country they live or in what setting they would like to receive care. Together, we can work toward a future where no individual faces the challenges of serious illness alone and where everyone in Canada receives the care and support they deserve.
About the Palliative Care Coalition of Canada (PCCC):
The Palliative Care Coalition of Canada (PCCC) is a group of over 30 national organizations dedicated to advocating that “everyone in Canada has the right to die with dignity, free of pain, in a setting of their choice and surrounded by their loved ones.” The Coalition believes that to achieve quality palliative care for everyone in Canada, there must be a well-funded, sustainable national strategy for palliative care. It is the mission of the PCCCC to work together in partnership to achieve this goal. Pallium Canada is currently the Secretariat of the coalition.
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Canada is currently the Secretariat of the Coalition.