SUDBURY, ON - The Collaborative Healthcare Education Series of Sudbury (CHESS) brought together inter-professional care providers with community healthcare experts yesterday at the Steelworkers Hall to provide deeper learning on Understanding and Planning End of Life Care.

Participants learned about the importance of advance care planning and were presented with tools to initiate conversations about end of life care, and engaging loved ones in communicating their wishes. Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication, about values, beliefs, and goals of care. The session also addressed options for end of life care including palliative care and Medical Assistance in Dying.

“It is imperative that we, as health care providers, constantly understand and incorporate the values of patients and their families into the complex decisions around their care. Effective and frequent communication is the key”, says Dr. Bourdon, Chair of the Planning Committee. 

CHESS was created through a collaboration between Health Sciences North, Collège Boréal, Cambrian College, Laurentian University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, with a goal to improve patient outcomes through a series of education and awareness sessions. This series will use the patient experience to drive positive change and improve the continuum of care provided by interdisciplinary healthcare professionals in the North. The committee will endeavor to plan three Ted-like talks (15-20 minutes with time for audience questions) per academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Future topics will be based on a needs assessment and feedback received from evaluations. The Winter session will be announced shortly and will focus on communication between the healthcare professionals, patients and their families.

The first session of the series was proudly supported by Health Sciences North Foundation, and accredited by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Future sessions will continue to offer free admission, and will be open to the community.