Lessons From The Core
Episode 29 : From Private Sector to Palliative Care: A Journey of Purpose with Jeff Moat
June 29, 2023
Are you facing a life-threatening illness or know someone who is? Did you know that palliative care isn't just administered at end-of-life? This episode will help you see how palliative care can make a difference in the lives of patients and their loved ones and will give you the tools to be a better caregiver. Everyone, including family doctors, nurses, PTs, OTs, personal caregivers, and even Pilates instructors, can have a role to play in delivering palliative care. On this episode of Lessons From The Core, host Lisa Khera invites guest Jeff Moat to discuss his inspiring journey of transitioning from the private sector to a career in making a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. He is the CEO of Pallium Canada, an Ottawa-based social enterprise that enhances the quality and accessibility of palliative care. He shared that palliative care is not just about end-of-life care, but it can be administered early in the disease trajectory to control the disease and improve patient experiences.
The Importance of Palliative Care: "Palliative care is care that is administered early in the disease trajectory. It's care that could be administered alongside active treatments to control the disease. Palliative care should be delivered by not just palliative care specialist teams, but could be delivered by your family doctor, your nurse practitioner, your oncologist, cardiologist, your personal support worker, your PT, OT, and your Pilates instructor. 

Everyone has a role to play..."
— Jeff Moat

In our latest episode of Lessons From The Core, Lisa Khera talks to Jeff Moat about the transformative power of loss, social entrepreneurship, and palliative care.

Jeff Moat shares his journey from working in the private financial sector to a career in palliative care. After experiencing the profound loss of a parent, Jeff realized that he could use his skills to make a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Jeff has contributed to initiatives that enhanced access to palliative care for more Canadians, created better experiences for healthcare professionals and patients, and facilitated quality improvement.

Jeff's passion for palliative care led him to work with Pallium Canada, a research-driven social enterprise based in Ottawa. Pallium Canada enhances the quality and accessibility of palliative care by building the capacity of healthcare professionals and communities.

They offer a courseware called Leap (Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care), aimed at ensuring healthcare professionals acquire necessary skills and knowledge and put them into action, reshaping the entire continuum of care. Pallium Canada also provides resources for the general public who may not fully understand palliative care.

The episode highlights that palliative care is not just care delivered at the end of life, and everyone, including family doctors, nurses, personal support workers, PTs, OTs, Pilates instructors, and others, can have a role in delivering palliative care and supporting patients and their families.  

Giving good palliative care earlier and more effectively is crucial and requires a shift in mindset about what palliative care means.

The episode further delves into the stigma surrounding palliative care and how normalizing discussions around living with life-limiting illnesses, dying, death, and grieving is crucial to overcoming obstacles to providing comprehensive care. 

The episode also discusses the importance of self-care in caregiving and healthcare professions, and how Pilates and exercise can alleviate stress and help achieve stability.

We hope you find Jeff Moat's story inspiring and informative. To listen to the full episode, click the link to our show and subscribe to our podcast to receive notifications on future episodes.

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