Canadian Healthcare Association and Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations

Canadian Healthcare Association and Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations

Palliative and/or End-of-Life mandate within the organization:

Canadians expect their healthcare system to be effective, sustainable, accountable, and, above all, to deliver high-quality health services across the country. As demographics shift and the demand for services across the continuum of care increases, sustainable solutions for evolving health needs must be identified. Within the continuum of care, home, long term, palliative and respite care have progressively taken on an importance that was not anticipated when medicare began; that is, when healthcare only included care provided in hospitals or by physicians.

The newly-merged organizations of the Canadian Healthcare Association and the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations have a long history of advocating in the areas of health research and innovation, advocating across the full continuum of care from health promotion and disease/illness prevention to continuing care, which includes home, facility-based long term, respite and palliative care, and providing leading online programming. Since 2009, CHA has released several significant policy briefs on aspects of continuing care available at www.cha.ca.

Contact:   Mireille Lecours

E-mail: Mireille Lecours (mlecours@gov.pe.ca)

Website: www.cha.ca

 

 

Resources for health care professionals, families, patients, policy makers and governments, health leadership

 

 

 

Content or Title of Education Resource

 

Intended audience

 

Format

a.

Respite Care in Canada

Respite Care in Canada explores the respite care landscape in Canada with the purpose of: broadening awareness of the current respite experience among key stakeholders, including family/friend caregivers, care and service providers, health planners, policy makers, and the Federal government; analyzing major issues associated with respite; stimulating debate and promoting action; and offering recommendations to all governments and stakeholders to help address the challenges Canada faces and give the respite care sector and its caregivers the long-overdue policy recognition that they so deserve.

pdf available at http://www.cha.ca/research-and-policy/research-and-policy-1/

b.

 Palliative Care in Canada: CHA’s Perspective

 

Palliative Care in Canada: CHA’s Perspective was submitted to the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care in November of 2010: it provides CHA’s perspective on palliative care in Canada and support for caregivers as well as highlighting select recommendations drawn from CHA’s policy briefs.

Pdf available at http://www.cha.ca/research-and-policy/research-and-policy-1/

c.

Continuing Care: A Pan-Canadian Approach

Continuing Care: A Pan-Canadian Approach is intended to provide a synthesis of the common themes that have emerged across CHA’s continuing care policy briefs and identifies priority recommendations for action.

PDF available at http://www.cha.ca/research-and-policy/research-and-policy-1/

d.

New Directions for Facility-Based Long-Term Care

New Directions for Facility-Based Long Term Care aims to see facility-based long term care on the Canadian health care policy agenda, highlights the need to achieve an appropriate balance of health services, and is a call to action on multiple fronts: in addition to raising our thinking about the important role of long term care homes in the lives of many Canadians, we must also expand our view about what truly constitutes quality. Finally, this paper offers recommendations to all governments and stakeholders to address the challenges Canada faces.

Pdf available at http://www.cha.ca/research-and-policy/research-and-policy-1/

e.

Home Care in Canada: From the Margins to the Mainstream

Home care is moving from the margins to the mainstream of our health system. Given Canada’s evolving demographics, social realities and changing care patterns, home care will assume greater importance. This is the new landscape for policy-makers. With this brief, CHA, whose members span the country and the health continuum, urges governments to give the home care sector and its caregivers the long-overdue policy recognition they deserve.

Pdf available at http://www.cha.ca/research-and-policy/research-and-policy-1/