FREDERICTON (GNB) – The framework for a palliative care strategy in New Brunswick was unveiled today in Fredericton.

“The way we live matters, and so does the way we die,” said Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris. “That is why it is critical to have access to high-quality palliative and end-of-life care services.”

Harris spoke on behalf of Health Minister Benoît Bourque.

She unveiled a person-centred care and integrated services framework to guide the development of action plans, policies, programs and services under the Provincial Palliative Care Strategy.

“Changing the way we deliver services will take collaboration and careful planning from all partners,” said Harris.

An advisory committee, led by the New Brunswick Cancer Network, will be set up to develop an action plan. The committee will be composed of representatives from palliative care, health care and community stakeholders.

The framework is centred upon strategic pillars developed under five themes:

  • person-centred care;
  • family support network inclusion;
  • professional capacity;
  • community capacity; and
  • regional health authority, Extra-Mural/Ambulance New-Brunswick and provincial leadership.

“The New Brunswick Palliative Care Framework has been a long time coming and is critically needed at this time,” said Dr. Renée Turcotte, president of the New Brunswick Hospice and Palliative Care Association.” Research has proven that a comprehensive palliative care service not only improves patient and caregiver’s satisfaction, it also reduces time spent in the emergency department and hospital, and by providing the right care in the right place, can reduce the strain on our health-care system.”