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Given that dying is a phase of life and the number of aging people with chronic illness is increasing, a healthy society needs to normalize dying and death. We also need to create more equal access to a palliative approach to care. In this presentation, the focus will be on the applications of the principles of a public health approach to palliative care from an Ontario, a Canadian, and an international perspective. The goal is to outline how exemplary population-based systems of care can guide the development and integration of palliative care programs.
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Presenter: Dr. Valerie Schulz
Dr. Valerie Schulz is practising in palliative medicine in critical care and renal dialysis, and advancing palliative care practices from a population perspective. Dr. Schulz’s public health approach to palliative care includes participating as a member of the Ontario Provincial Hospice Palliative Care Clinical Council, the Palliative Medicine Working Group for Subspecialty Development at Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s Public Health Educators Network. Dr. Schulz is collaborating on CIHR research studying palliative care on the heart failure team.
Dr. Schulz is in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine at London Health Sciences Centre, is practising in palliative medicine, is the Chair of Population Health at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and a professor at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Schulz has a medical degree and is Royal College certified in Anesthesiology. She completed her master of public health with a focus on health policy and management.
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