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Increasing funding for palliative and end-of-life care

Grants going to increase access to high-quality palliative care
Government funds will go to increasing access to high-quality palliative care. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Last week, the Alberta government announced more than $11.3 million in funding will go to 25 projects to increase access to high-quality palliative care and ensure patients and families are treated with dignity and respect. The move follows the call for proposals in late 2021 in priority areas including earlier access to care, community supports, education and training, and research/innovation.

“Researchers at the Cumming School of Medicine are studying ways to improve access, assessments and interventions in palliative care," said University of Calgary's Dr. Todd Anderson, dean of Cummings School of Medicine.

The funding and projects break down as follows:

  • More than $1.9 million to support four projects that advance earlier access to palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Almost $4.2 million for eight projects to expand community supports and services.
  • More than $4.1 million for 10 projects to improve health-care provider and caregiver education and training.
  • Just over $1.1 million for three projects for research and innovation.

Dan Williams, MLA for Peace River, consulted with palliative and end-of-life care Albertans and interest groups who provided their recommendations on how to use the $11.3 million. The recommendations are identified in the Advancing palliative and end-of-life care final report.