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Regional Palliative Approach to Care Education (RPACE)

We are an interdisciplinary team that supports all communities of care and all adult programs across VCH in engaging in an early palliative approach to care.

Services provided

  1. Education for all staff, either in-person or online. Education is offered to all disciplines around defining a palliative approach, identifying patients who would benefit, and having goals of care conversations. 

  2. Coaching and mentorship with goals of care conversations 

  3. Support with implementing a palliative approach to care within your work setting

About us

‎A palliative approach to care is focused on the relief of suffering, while integrating psychosocial and spiritual aspects of care important to the patient/family. It does not link the provision of care with prognosis, but instead focuses on conversations with people about their needs, values and wishes. Based on the patient's wishes, the palliative care philosophy is applicable at any time of the illness journey, in conjunction with other therapies intended to prolong life, and includes investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications. It neither hastens nor postpones death but sets out to preserve the best possible quality of life to support a natural death.


We are shifting the culture across VCH to support the practice of an early palliative approach to care.

We strive to achieve the benefits of communicating and respecting a patient’s goals, values and beliefs in all care decisions so that early conversations lead from foundational to exceptional care.

2015-2017 | EPAIRS: Embedding a Palliative Approach in Residential Settings (also known as Daisy)
2017-2019 | iPACE: Integrating a Palliative Approach to Care Early
2019 - now | RPACE: Regional Palliative Approach To Care Education

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Contact us

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, contact

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