About Speak Up Ontario

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Speak Up Ontario is a partnership between Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and began in February 2012. This is the Ontario version of the National Speak Up Campaign, which provides training and Ontario based tools and resources across the province. Speak Up Ontario was created to respond to the need for a provincial resource for health care consent and advance care practice utilizing an Ontario legal framework. Goals are reflective of an Ontario legal framework and reinforce the link between health care consent and advance care planning to the public and health care providers.

Advance Care Planning in Canada was created in 2008 to raise awareness of the importance of the process of Advance Care Planning and to support Canadians with the tools they need to effectively engage in the process.

The Initiative aims to provide professionals/health care professionals with the tools they need to initiate conversations about health care consent and advance planning with the people that they provide care for.

Along with a National Framework, the Initiative has developed the Speak Up campaign to provide tools and resources to help patients and families, health care professionals and community organizations to engage in the Advance Care Planning process. This interactive workbook has been developed as part of that campaign, and as a tool that integrates with a palliative approach to care.

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