April 2009 UPDATE

In December 2007, the MH PCN Steering Committee submitted a proposal to the Mississauga Halton LHIN under the Aging at Home Strategy Call for proposal. Titled Mississauga Halton Integrated Palliative Care Services, it proposes a number of strategies to improve access to quality palliative care services for all residents of the Mississauga Halton LHIN.  Proposals that were funded include- additional Pain and Symptom Management Consultants, a much -needed Medical Director for the network,and additional training for advance care planning.

The Patient and Family Subcommittee has completed on the development of a common referral form for all palliative care services in this region.  The committee was also involved in the development  of the Symptom Management Kit for this region and participated to the assessment of the implications of the implementation of the new Do not Resuscitate Confirmation Form which will be in place provide-wide effective Feb 1, 2008.

The Education Committee is working closely with the Palliative Care Consultation Program as it  implements new educational programs – The Fundamentals, Advanced Hospice Palliative Care Education (AHPCE) and Comprehensive Palliative Care Education (CAPCE). The committee is exploring the opportunities for evidence based knowledge to be made available to the care providers of this community using the mechanisims available from the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network.  It also contributed to the development of education strategies regarding the new DNRC Form.  

Our Research and Outcome Measures Committee is moving ahead to collect statistical information to provide a high level picture of the hospice palliative care currently provided in our region, including the acute care sector. It is also exploring the technology solutions that would enhance the reach of the current pallaitive care serivces and provide beteer communciations to support integrated seamless care.