Donations to the Division of Palliative Care can help us to reach our goal towards the relief of physical, psychosocial and spiritual suffering at end of life through high quality education, research and impeccable practice in providing comfort and compassionate care for the dying.
Each year more than 259,000 Canadians die. In 2004, Statistics Canada projected that the rate of deaths in Canada will increase by 33% by the year 2020 to more than 33,000 deaths per year. In 2000, the Senate Report: Quality of Life Care: The Right of Every Canadian, reported that approximately 15% of Canadians who require palliative care have access to these specialized services.
In order to better care for the many dying people who suffer without adequate relief of pain or knowledgeable care, there is an urgent need to provide specialized palliative care training for doctors, nurses, social workers, volunteers and allied members of health care teams. At present Canada has just over 200 palliative care physicians who practice ether full time or part-time. Formal palliative hospice care training is being developed in many of Canada’s nursing schools.
Your gifts will enable us to achieve the highest standard of palliative care through:
- Developing public awareness programs such as community education forums, public speaker series, film and media initiatives.
- Expanding educational initiatives by educating exemplary students, clinicians and volunteers.
- Providing field experiences for students and volunteers in rural communities.
- Developing innovative research: There is an acute need for research in the areas of:
- Effective pain and symptom management
- Psycho social aspects of pain and suffering
- Vulnerable populations
- Family care giving
- High quality service delivery
- Quality of life issues
- Facilitating academic training such as “train the trainer” initiatives for community palliative care/hospice delivery programs.
- Supporting travel for students to learn from national and international experts in the palliative care field.
Make a Gift Contact
Leanne Denis, CFRE
Associate Director, Development
Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia
317-2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3