On Call Innovation Conversation

CFHI’s Open Call for Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Held February 27, 2017



Did you know?

  • Early referral to palliative care provides proven benefits, but most Canadians receive this kind of care only in the last month of their lives.
  • CFHI is working with national and international partners to strengthen the approach to palliative and end-of-life care by identifying innovative palliative care practices and models.
  • CFHI has launched its Open Call for Innovations in Palliative Care. Top innovators will receive a CFHI Innovation Award and be featured at our “Let’s Make Change Happen” CEO Forum in June 2017.

Consider this …

An estimated 70 percent or more of the 220,000 Canadians who die each year do not receive any hospice, palliative or end-of-life care – and often these services or a referral to palliative care are only initiated within the last days or weeks of life.1

Improving access to high quality palliative and end-of-life care – whether in hospital, at a hospice or at home – not only improves experiences for patients and families, but also generates significant per-capita savings in acute care. CFHI is currently collaborating with partners across Canada and around the world to improve access to quality palliative and end-of-life care. One of the ways we’re doing this is by identifying and validating high-impact models and practices that are ready to be shared.

On February 8, CFHI launches a pan-Canadian Open Call for Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care to identify palliative care models and/or practices ready for spread and scale-up across Canada. This call for innovations will be an opportunity for interdisciplinary healthcare teams to contribute practices and models that are working well in their area of the country, so that others may learn from them in improving palliative care.

A merit review panel will select the top innovations to be featured at the 2017 CFHI CEO Forum in June 2017, in Toronto. CFHI will then determine how to support the scale and spread of these innovations across Canada.

Timelines to note:

  • Call for innovations launch: February 8, 2017
  • Submissions due: April 5, 2017
  • Selected innovators notified: May 10, 2017
  • CEO Forum: June 21, 2017

Join us as we:

  • Introduce and explain CFHI’s open call process
  • Explore the benefits of the open call on palliative care innovations, and help organizations assess their readiness to submit an application
  • Learn more about how CFHI is working to transform palliative care in Canada

Be part of the conversation!

This interactive, informative On Call session will introduce participants to the many benefits of CFHI’s open call for innovations in palliative care and explain how organizations can apply.

1 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association The Palliative Approach: Improving care for Canadians with life-limiting illnesses. Prepared by Bacon, J. 2012. http://www.hpcintegration.ca/media/38753/TWF-palliative-approach-report-English-final2.pdf


Jose PereiraJose Pereira
Professor, University of Ottawa and McMaster University | Palliative Care physician at The William Osler Hospital in Brampton | Director of Research at the College of Family Physicians of Canada | CFHI Faculty |Scientific Director and co-founder of Pallium Canada

Pallium Canada is a non-profit organization established in 2001 that is dedicated to developing palliative care capacity and access by providing palliative care education opportunities for healthcare professionals. These include the Pallium LEAP Course and Pallium Pocketbook and app.

Dr. Pereira’s career for the past 21 years has been focused in palliative medicine, where he has worked as a clinician, educator and researcher. Prior to that he worked as a rural family physician in Manitoba and South Africa. He has extensive experience working in various settings, including as:

  • consultant in the community in support of family physicians and primary care teams,
  • consultant in tertiary hospitals and hospices, and
  • attending physician in tertiary palliative care units.

Dr. Pereira established the acute palliative care unit at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary in 2001 and more recently led the establishment of the regional hospice palliative care in the Ottawa Champlain region, the first such program in Ontario. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his work developing palliative care in Canada.

Anya HumphreyAnya Humphrey
As caregiver to both her husband and son through their deaths from cancer, Anya Humphrey witnessed a medical system populated by wonderful people whose good intentions weren't enough. So she became a member of the first Patient and Family Advisory Council to Cancer Care Ontario.

That has led to participation on many committees at the local, provincial and national levels, with the goal of providing the patient and family perspective on what matters, how to provide that, and how to determine if it's happening.


Maria JuddMaria Judd, Senior Director, CFHI
Maria Judd is responsible for developing and implementing strategies, programs and activities in support of CFHI’s mission, and leading business development initiatives. Maria’s passion for healthcare improvement has evolved from her diverse roles within the health system, including as a community health centre board member, clinician, program manager and researcher. She has extensive experience in knowledge transfer and exchange, establishing and promoting new ventures, creating education programs, developing clinical practice guidelines, and convening expert groups.

Prior to joining CFHI in 2005, Maria worked in a variety of health-related organizations. As the best practices program manager for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, she designed a program of activities to support evidence-informed practices among members and their colleagues. She also coordinated the Cochrane Collaboration’s Musculoskeletal Group at the University of Ottawa where much of her work focused on developing evidence-based resources, such as systematic reviews, and supporting knowledge translation activities. Maria holds a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Community Medicine from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto.