This toolkit was produced for use of the Ontario Hospital Association and is intended to provide health care professionals with a general understanding of mental health law issues with an overview of the legislation that governs the provision of mental health in Ontario. It should not be used in place of legal advice.  It does describe key legislation such as the Mental Health Act, Health Care Consent Act, Substitute Decisions Act and the Personal Health Information Protection Act.  It reviews the issues of consent to treat and determining capacity to consent and the role of Substitute Decision Makers.

This video featuring Dr. Darren Heyland, speaks to the importance of talking about end of life care preferences prior to an emergency situation.  

This toolkit is designed for improving the patient/client and provider experience, care effectiveness and value, through system improvement continuously over time. This toolkit is for primary care practices that choose to include Advance Care Planning as part of their annual quality improvement plans.

This systematic literature review and narrative synthesis from the UK aimed to investigae the attitudes of the public and healthcare professionals to Advance Care Planning discussions with frail and older people.

Healthy aging includes clarifying one’s values and ensuring that conversations in your significant relationships enable others to know what is important and sacred to you. Advance Care Planning facilitates healthy acknowledgement of one’s aging process by facing anxieties about one’s uncertain future, clarifying one’s preferences and envisioning a future that will match your values and hopes.  Rev. Dr. Neil Elford gave this presentation at the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health's conference, "Aging: Are We Doing It Right?" on March 4, 2016.

This Position Paper provides the background to this collaborative group as well as a brief description of why Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent education for health care professionals is needed and beneficial in South East Ontario.  5 pages.

April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day - The South East Ontario Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Health Care Consent (HCC) Working Group and Broader Membership encourage you to learn about Advance Care Planning this April.

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning Community of Practice (HCC ACP CoP) is fast becoming the Centre of Excellence for HCC ACP in Ontario and is supporting the integration of HCC ACP into practice utilizing the Ontario legal framework.

Join HPCO’s Community of Practice membership supporting the dissemination of reliable and accurate information that complies with HCC ACP in Ontario.

Thank you to those who were able to join us in an exploration of a variety of topics with a focus on aging at Donald Gordon Conference Centre in Kingston ON.  Below are pdf copies of speaker presentations and other related resources.  

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is leading the Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning Community of Practice (HCC ACP CoP) and are calling for members to come forth from across Ontario.  Please see the pdf document for a copy of this groups Terms of Reference.