Dr. Amit Arya specializes in easing the suffering of those with serious illnesses. Now, he’s fighting to improve long-term care

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Long ago Dr. Amit Arya publicly advocated changing Ontario’s long-term care system Safe Palliative Care for Racial Communities And as Twitter became a recognized voice on social inequalities, her colleagues saw her potential to help ease suffering for people with complex illnesses.

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Arya worked as part of a family health team and met with people with disabilities and older adults with mobility issues at home. “One day,” he says, “we got a referral for a patient in need of palliative care, and I remember a co-worker telling me, ‘You’ll be great at this.'”

This Terrible for Arya, who had no such experience at the time. But he found that there were some unique elements that resonated with him. “Specifically focused on supporting families and caregivers,” he says. “Palliative care very quickly became my passion.”


Arya, who was born and raised in Vancouver, went to medical school at the University of British Columbia before completing his residency at the University of Alberta. In 2006, he moved to Brampton to practice family medicine, often working with new immigrants.

These days, you can find the name of 43 year old in many positions. He is palliative care leadership at Kensington Health, a palliative care physician at North York General Hospital, a lecturer at the University of Toronto, and an assistant clinical professor at McMaster University, all while leading and advocating at local, provincial and national levels. play a role. ,

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For Arya, the thread running through all of these roles is the idea that palliative care is not a luxury, but a human right. “People think palliative care is about dying, but it’s really about living well,” he says.

She remembers a resident in long-term care who was in severe pain and her family feeling distraught and helpless. “When the pain was treated appropriately,” he says, “the resident actually began to eat and sleep better and was happy and smiling for the first time in months.[He]was finally in bed with his family after 11 months. Died peacefully and comfortably.”

Such are the stories that Arya is dedicated to filling the gaps she sees in the health care system. At Kensington Health, he uses a new “shared care model” of palliative medicine that he developed himself. arya offer Counseling and support for family doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and individual support Workers therefore patients in need of palliative care do not rely solely on specialists.

Arya is also vocal about what he calls a crisis in our long-term care system, where facilities are not refurbished or adequately staffed to care for residents – even That even before COVID-19 hit.

He describes how he and his companions became angry at the lack of action, especially on the part of the government, to protect those in long-term care. In response, he co-founded Doctors for Justice in Long Term Care, a coalition of over 1,000 physicians and researchers.

Her activism also extends to improving palliative care in ethnic communities. He regularly presents workshops on cultural safety – recognizing and respecting the identities of others – and their impact on antisemitism and palliative care.

Arya is humbled by the idea that his leadership will also be considered extraordinary. “My regular experiences working in health care inspire me,” he says. “Years of underfunding of our health system and social safety net have created a humanitarian crisis that is still ongoing.”

Aryans have also been there during the pandemic very active on twitter Where there is a large community of health workers promoting public health and science while battling misinformation. Although advocacy is a responsibility for health workers, he says, all that online activity can be a ton of work.

“I dream of a day when my advocacy will no longer be needed,” he says. “I’m hoping that one day our system will finally give the people I care what they really deserve.”

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