Media Advisory - National Palliative Care Matters Conference puts Canadians at the Centre of the Palliative Care Conversation

Lay Panel to make National Palliative Care Strategy Recommendations

EDMONTON, Nov. 2, 2016 /CNW/ -

Who and What:         Palliative Care Matters Consensus Development Conference

  • Covenant Health, the Covenant Health Palliative Institute and many of Canada's leading national health organizations are holding a Consensus Development Conference in Ottawa as part of the Palliative Care Initiative.
  • A Lay Panel of 12 Canadians chaired by Don Newman will hear scientific evidence from an academic expert panel and make recommendations for a Canadian palliative care strategy based on the panel's scientific evidence.
  • A live interactive webcast of the Conference will be available in English and French at
  • The Lay Panel's recommendations (Consensus Statement) will be presented by Don Newman on November 9, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

When and Where:     November 7-9, 2016, Ottawa Marriott, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa ON


  • The goal of the Palliative Care Initiative is to develop a national palliative care strategy through input from the public and internationally recognized palliative care academics.
  • The Initiative is co-chaired by Fred Horne, former Alberta health minister and Karen Macmillan, Senior Operating Officer at Covenant Health.
  • Results of a recent Palliative Care Initiative commissioned Ipsos Research survey show Canada needs a vision for palliative care.

SOURCE Palliative Care Matters

For further information: or media assistance, please contact: Lisa Robertson,, (613) 739-7032; Janet Weichel McKenzie,, (613) 808-4642

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