Learning Initiatives

Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care (Fundamentals)

Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care “Core” Program

fundamentals cube By developing comfort in discussing all aspects of dying and death, and by becoming aware of the issues in each of the domains (disease management, physical, psychological, social, spiritual, end-of-life care / death management and loss and grief) that may impact persons and families living with life-threatening illness, formal caregivers are prepared and then challenged to apply strategies that can facilitate a change in the illness experience of those living with dying.

Team members, depending on their specific responsibilities and accountabilities, play complementary and vitally important roles on the team. Learners enrolled in the program gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various team members and gain insight into the importance of effective communication and effective team function in supporting the person and family as they journey with progressive illness.

Note: The Core Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care program is a prerequisite for both the APPS and the CAPCE programs .

Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care “Enhanced” Program

fundamentals enhanced cube The Enhanced stream of the Fundamentals Program is intended for Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) with an interest in developing his or her capacity related to hospice palliative care in a clinical setting. NPs, RNs and RPNs must take the core Fundamentals program prior to taking Fundamentals Enhanced; Fundamentals Enhanced is a prerequisite for the CAPCE Program.

Please contact your local palliative pain and symptom management program consultant in regard to the Enhanced Fundamental course offerings in your area.

Note: The Enhanced Fundamentals program is also a prerequisite for the CAPCE program .

Program Schedules, Registration & Payment

Both Fundamentals programs are currently being offered in various geographies of Southwestern Ontario.

Registration & Payment

  • The cost of the Fundamentals - Core program is $40.00 (tax included).
  • Once you have determined the program location and dates best suited for you, please register and then pay online or by cheque
  • To successfully complete the program, registrants must attend all three course sessions.


Base Fundamentals

Base Fundamentals Enhanced