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Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Applauds Federal Government Funding Commitment to Palliative Care

June 12, 2012

OTTAWA, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ – Health Canada’s announcement today, to
provide three million dollars over three years in support of palliative
care, is welcomed by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. The
funding will support The Way Forward: Moving Towards Community-Integrated Hospice Palliative
Care in Canada,
an initiative of the Quality End-of-life Care Coalition of Canada,
managed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. The Partnership is a member of the Initiative’s advisory committee, and
will work with members of the Coalition to advance the integration of
hospice palliative care in Canada.

“With an aging population and increasing levels of chronic disease,
access to hospice palliative care services is crucial,” says Lee
Fairclough, Vice President, Strategy, Knowledge Management and Delivery
at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. “Hospice palliative care
crosses the boundaries of all life-threatening illness, health care
professions and communities, so we’re pleased to be working with
organizations in the cancer community and beyond to help create an
integrated hospice palliative care system that benefits all Canadians.”

The new federal funding announced today lends strength to the Quality
End-of-Life Care Coalition’s important work, contributing to the
improvement of palliative care in Canada. The Way Forward Integration Initiative will engage all settings, sectors, professionals and governments in a
dialogue regarding the implementation of community-integrated
palliative and end-of-life care.

“One in four Canadians(1) will die from a cancer,” says Fairclough. “That is why our strategic
plan to advance the national cancer strategy includes a priority focus
on advancing hospice palliative care, and the Coalition’s Blueprint for Action: 2010-2020 [on palliative care] is reflected in that plan as the basis for our
approach to this work.”

The Blueprint for Action: 2010-2020 report, developed by the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition, is a
working document that sets out areas for action for end-of-life care in
Canada. The Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition is made up of 37
national organizations concerned about quality end-of-life care for all

The Partnership is currently identifying the areas for its focus in
palliative and end-of-life care over the next five years based on
consultations with palliative and end-of-life care experts, health
system leaders and policy makers. The approach is to enable an
initiative that ties into jurisdictional priorities and leverages
existing successes.

About the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is an organization funded by the
federal government to accelerate action on cancer control for all
Canadians. Bringing together cancer experts, government
representatives, patient and survivor groups, including the Canadian
Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Action Network to implement the
first pan-Canadian cancer control strategy, the vision is to be a
driving force to achieve a focused approach that will help prevent
cancer, enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer, lessen
the likelihood of dying from cancer, and increase the efficiency of
cancer control in Canada. For more information, visit
partnershipagainstcancer.ca. The Partnership is also the driving force
behind cancerview.ca, an online community linking Canadians to cancer
information, services and resources.

(1)Canadian Cancer Society’s Steering Committee on Cancer Statistics.
Canadian Cancer Statistics 2011. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society;

SOURCE Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Source: PR Newswire