April 27, 2016 by Nicole Armstrong
“There’s nothing more we can do for you” … those famous last words!
Earlier this month I had the privilege to speak at the 2016 CADTH National Symposium. CADTH is where Canada’s health care decision-makers go to for evidence on optimal use of drugs and medical devices in our health care system.
I shared the stage with remarkable women whose leadership and programs are so important to our communities. Our panel presentation was entitled “There’s Nothing More We Can Do for You”: Reshaping End-of-Life Care. The panellists included Dr. Kathryn Downer, National Director for Pallium Canada; Linda Eagen, President & CEO, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation; our moderator Shelly Jamieson President & CEO of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and myself.
I set the stage by giving a family caregiver’s perspective and focussing on how death is not only an individual but a family experience and why we should play a significant role in reshaping the “C” in end-of-life care. The other panellists followed by presenting solutions and approaches for reshaping end-of-life care. Very timely given that palliative care has been identified as a priority for the federal and provincial governments. I invite you to read my speech – CADTH-Presentation.
Thank you to Brian O’Rourke CADTH President and CEO and his incredible team for including and highlighting palliative care on their agenda. I’m very grateful for the opportunity. It was a great experience!