PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Providing Good Hospice Palliative Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Wednesday, April 29th – Keynote Panel 


Please join our special COVID-19 discussion panel on hospice palliative care during the pandemic. Topics covered by our expert panel will include advanced care planning and goals of care, triage protocol and implications, issues in long-term care, psychosocial and spiritual supports, advocacy, and issues of equity for marginalized groups.

Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician at William Osler Health System & the Inner City Health Associates in Toronto. He is the founder of Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH). PEACH delivers community-based hospice palliative care to society’s most vulnerable individuals regardless of their housing status or factors such as poverty or substance use. This model of care has inspired similar programs in other cities across the continent and the world. He also serves in a new role as Medical Director of the Region of Peel’s COVID19 Homeless Response.

In February 2018, Dr. Dosani received a Meritorious Service Cross for humanitarianism from Governor General Julie Payette, for being a trailblazer in providing mobile end-of-life care for the homeless and those with unreliable housing. The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians recognized Dr. Dosani with a humanitarian award in May 2019.

Dr. Sandy Buchman is President of the Canadian Medical Association and an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently serves as the Freeman Family Chair in Palliative Care at North York General Hospital. For the past 15 years he has provided home-based palliative and end-of-life care through the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care in Toronto. He also practices palliative care with the Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH) program under the auspices of Inner City Health Associates. He is a co-founder and medical director of a new residential hospice, Neshama Hospice, currently being established in North York. Dr. Buchman has received the Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for his work as regional primary care lead for the Toronto Regional Cancer Program at Cancer Care Ontario and Excellence in Continuing Education from the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He was also recognized as Family Physician of the Year for Southern Ontario by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

Dr. Amit Arya holds a joint faculty appointment in the Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University & the University of Toronto.  He is also the project lead at William Osler Health System for point-of-care ultrasound in palliative care and has developed a robust “generalist-plus-specialist” palliative care model in long-term care.  His diverse research interests include point-of-care ultrasound in palliative care, tertiary palliative care in long-term care, and palliative care for racialized communities. He has been named a “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Change Champion” at William Osler Health System, and has received the Community Preceptor Teaching Award from McMaster University and was recognized as one of the “Heroes in the Home” by the Central West LHN.  He is also a director-at-large for the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, serving as the research lead and chair of the Choosing Wisely Committee for Palliative Care

Dr. Leah Steinberg studied public policy and philosophy at Tufts University. Her medical degree is in Family Medicine from McMaster University. She trained in palliative care and for the past 16 years has been a palliative care physician at Mount Sinai Hospital. She currently teaches palliative care to all level of learners and is involved in research in creating models for integrating palliative care into chronic disease management.

Dr. James Downaris a Critical Care and Palliative Care physician in Ottawa, and has a Master’s degree in bioethics. He is the Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. He is the co-chair of the Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative and the Secretary of the Canadian Critical Care Society.  He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, has been principal investigator on 17 peer-reviewed grants, and is a former Associated Medical Services Phoenix Fellow. His research interests include communication and decision-making for seriously ill patients and their families; Palliative Care for the Critically Ill; and Palliative Care for Noncancer Illnesses.



Previous Keynotes:


Sunday KeynoteMonday, April 27th – Monday Opening Keynote Presentation – David Irvine: The Leader’s Navigator™
PRINCIPLE CENTERED CARING: It’s Not About Putting the Patient First

We’ve all heard the importance of patient-centered care. Of course we care, and of course it’s important to have the focus of our work be on the patient. We undoubtedly need to make the shift from the institution to the patient. But in this inspiring, thought-provoking keynote address, you will discover why patient-centered care needs to be examined carefully through the lens of accountable caring that sustains, supports, and renews the human spirit.
Take this opportunity to step back and gain a new perspective on caring from one of Canada’s most respected voices on authentic leadership and organizational culture. Based on David Irvine’s book, Caring Is Everything: Getting To The Heart of Humanity, Leadership, and Life, this presentation won’t just move you, it will get you moving. Regardless of your role, you will be inspired by a new view of caring and how to make caring sustainable in your organization and your life.
1. Discover why it’s vital to make the shift from patient centered caring to principle centered caring if you are to support and sustain the caregiving process – and how to make this real in your organization and your own personal work as a caregiver.
2. Learn the true work of caring: to empower those we care about in a way that is sustainable for everyone.
3. Discover the deep meaning of accountability in the caring process.
4. Get to the root of caring in our lives and ways to care that support and sustain the well-being of ourselves and those we love and serve.


Tuesday, April 28th – Tuesday Keynote Presentation – Dr. Peter Tanuseputro
Using Data to Improve Care for the Dying 

We are living in the age of big data. Health care is no exception, with rich data collected throughout many health care sectors. This data is often linked at the individual level to tell us stories about a person’s health and health care journey. In this presentation, we will use big data to first explore the care that is delivered at the end-of-life in Ontario. We will then explore the role of palliative care, including who is receiving care prior to death, where people are receiving care, and who is delivering care. We will also evaluate how effective palliative care is in influencing end-of-life outcomes, and highlight gaps in care. Finally, we will explore examples of how data can be used to build prognostic digital tools that aim to improve the reach of palliative care. We will showcase one of the tools that our team has built – RESPECT – that can be used by not only clinicians, but also patients, families and caregivers to anticipate the end-of-life period. Participants are encouraged to bring their web-enabled digital device to ‘test drive’ the RESPECT tool during the session.