NSMHPCN is excited to be a hub partner for the Palliative Care ECHO Project!

The Palliative Care ECHO Project is a 5-year national initiative to cultivate communities of practice and establish continuous professional development among health care providers across Canada who care for patients with life-limiting illness. We’re dedicated to supporting a continuous learning journey for health care professionals to build local capacity to provide a palliative care approach to patients and their families.

Why is this important?

Many Canadian health care professionals do not have the required fundamental skills to provide a palliative care approach and the over-reliance on specialist palliative care teams is unsustainable.

There is a need to address equity issues in many parts of Canada related to accessing palliative care clinical support and education, especially in rural and remote regions and Indigenous communities.

We require sustainable infrastructure to rapidly capture and share palliative care knowledge, tools, resources, and protocol changes among health care teams across the country.

Health care professionals from all regions and across all professions have demonstrated personal leadership and a desire to acquire the necessary skills to provide better palliative care to patients.

Continuous professional development is a vital element in career growth for health care professionals.


Our role is to share palliative care knowledge, information, and resources with others across the nation, creating an even better equipped community of health care professionals. As a hub of the Palliative Care ECHO Project, we are part of a large national network created to build collaboration and knowledge-sharing in support of each hub’s efforts to respond to local, regional, or sector-specific needs.

What a difference we’ll make together for patients, families, and their caregivers.

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) has been recognized globally as a leading approach to improving patient care outcomes. Check out this video that further describes the power of ECHO—its connectivity.

Coming Soon!

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National ECHO

Pallium Canada’s role is to coordinate and connect the system of hubs across Canada, curate and develop content to support hub partners (and their spokes) in meeting their local needs, deliver national palliative care programming, and lead the overall evaluation of the Project’s impact and reporting.

Palliative Care ECHO Project

For more information on the Palliative Care ECHO Project, and the other Hub partners, please visit www.echopalliative.com

Project ECHO

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) has been recognized globally as a leading approach to improving patient care outcomes. There are ECHO partners in 40 countries, operating more than 860 ECHO networks, which have trained more than 140,000 professionals to date. Project ECHO was developed in 2003 at the University of New Mexico and is designed to create virtual communities of learners who are then able to provide better care to patients in their communities.

For more information please visit: https://hsc.unm.edu/echo/