Central East Physician Palliative Leads

With joint accountability and partnership to the Central East LHIN and the Central East Regional Cancer Program (CERCP), the Palliative Care Physician Leads provide leadership across the Central East championing both provincial and local palliative and end of life care strategies.  In doing so, the Physician Palliative Care Leads collaborate with local partners to improve palliative care across all patient populations, illness trajectories and health care settings. 

The Central East Physician Palliative Leads are:

  • Dr. Ed Osborne - Central East LHIN Palliative Care Physician Lead
  • Tanya Burr - Central East LHIN Palliative Clinical Lead, Nurse Practitioner

Specific goals of these positions include:

  • Providing strong, visionary leadership at the regional level as a recognized leader in palliative care, demonstrating in-depth and current knowledge of clinical and system level issues; 
  • Promoting and strengthening collaboration within the region – through the CERCP, the Central East LHIN and at Provincial committees or councils;
  • Facilitating the implementation of the Central East LHIN Palliative Care Plan and Cancer Care Ontario’s (CCO) Palliative Care Program’s quality initiatives (e.g. guidelines, standards, Ontario Symptom Management Collaborative) in alignment with the Provincial Palliative Care strategy;
  • Building capacity and increase the involvement of primary care in providing palliative care at the local level through partnerships with local Health Link Physician Leads, the Central East LHIN Primary Care Physician Lead, and the CERCP Physician Leads – including Primary Care Physician Lead and Aboriginal Physician Lead;
  • Providing support to the newly developing Palliative Care Community Teams within Central East, including engagement and support of physicians providing community palliative care;
  • Participating as an active member of the Central East Hospice Palliative Care Network (CEHPCN) to facilitate regional planning, palliative program development, performance measurement, and quality process improvement;
  • Knowledge transfer of provincial palliative initiatives and strategies including those identified by the Clinical Council of the Hospice Palliative Care Provincial Steering committee to providers throughout the region; and
  • Participate in CCO and LHIN committees as required.

These positions provide leadership needed to build, foster and maintain quality palliative care services throughout the region. The Leads do this by working collaboratively with Cancer Care Ontario RVPs, Central East LHIN staff, Cancer Services, other physician leads, as well as community hospitals, hospices, long-term care and all regional partners involved in caring for patients with advanced illnesses.  It is recognized that in order to significantly improve palliative care services in the province, work must be focused on broader system change and change for the population as a whole.