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ENEWS -- April/May 2014
  SPOTLIGHT ON
NEW INNOVATIVE TOOLS

 
A $1 million dollar investment by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) is giving Virtual Hospice the opportunity to develop new online tools to support people living with advanced illness, loss and grief, and also for health care providers. We're working on these tools with a team of more than 50 researchers, clinicians, patients and families from across Canada. This will help us ground the tools in the experience of patients and families and ensure they improve people's experience at the end of life. The tools will expand information and offer new ways to bring palliative and end-of-life care information to people who need it:
  • Multimedia and text modules to overcome barriers to essential information for people with advanced cancer in First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities in ways that are culturally relevant;
  • Videos to address specific immigrant and refugee groups that currently have little or no information that considers their cultural and religious perspectives;
  • Interactive apps and web tools for dying people and grieving families who don't have access to any other counselling or support;
  • Online training tool for physicians on using methadone for pain control.
Virtual Hospice was one of five palliative and end-of-life care initiatives funded by CPAC. We look forward to working with these teams to improve the quality of care: 
 
NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR PROFESSIONALS
BOUNDARIES BETWEEN PROFESSIONALS AND FAMILIES
A new article on The Exchange by social worker and palliative care counsellor Elizabeth Causton identifies the necessary boundaries that exist between health care professionals and the families who turn to them for support.
 
FOR EVERYONE
VIDEOS FOR NATIONAL HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association has marked May 4 - 10 as National Hospice Palliative Care Week. We'll mark the week with a new video each day about someone living with advanced illness or about a family member. The videos will cover a wide ground, from symptom management to grief and bereavement. Watch this space for new videos.
 
FOR EVERYONE
NEW COMMUNITY MODERATOR FOR DISCUSSION FORUMS
With the growing number of people turning to our Discussion Forums, we have added Katherine Cullihall as a community moderator to help founding moderator, Colleen Young. Katherine has decades of experience as a bedside nurse and researcher, and is embracing virtual ways to connect with people.
 
NEWS


BUSTING MYTHS FOR NATIONAL HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK
National Hospice Palliative Care Week runs to May 10 this year, and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is geared up for this year's theme, Busting the Myths about Hospice Palliative Care. It has a list of common palliative care myths and offers facts to bust those myths.
 
FEDERAL DEBATE CONTINUES ON PALLIATIVE CARE STRATEGY
A motion on palliative care by Member of Parliament Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) is now being debated in House of Commons. The motion asks the federal government to establish a Canada-wide palliative and end-of-life care strategy involving federal, provincial and territorial governments. The motion has received wide attention and cross-party support. Virtual Hospice has added its voice to a growing number of organizations across Canada, coordinated by the Quality End of Life Care Coalition, in favour of the motion.
 
TWEETING FROM A DYING MOTHER'S BEDSIDE
A new animated video puts images to thoughts from a bedside vigil. Reporter Scott Simon from National Public Radio drew attention last year as he tweeted while his mother lay dying. Now The Daily Beast has compiled the tweets and animated then to create a gentle meditation on dying.
 
NEW VIDEO SERIES FROM UK - LIVING WITH DYING
Researchers at the University of Oxford have released 42 videos in a series called Living with Dying. The video interviews explores topics ranging widely, and include diagnosis, talking with children and planning for death.  
 
CHOCHINOV 'FLYING' METAPHOR RESONATES WITH READERS
“Inspiring.” “Thought-provoking.” “Elegantly written.” These are some words used to describe an article by Virtual Hospice Chair Dr. Harvey Chochinov that was published recently in The Globe and Mail. The piece uses a flying metaphor to explain why we all need to have end of life conversations, and it has created a social media tsunami.
 
NURSING IN THE VIRTUAL REALM
Members of the Virtual Hospice team have an article in the April 2014 issue of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing. The article Palliative care nursing in the virtual realm (paywalled) was written by Simone Stenekes, Brenda Hearson, Sarah Brown and Shelly Cory. It is the second instance of Virtual Hospice appearing in the journal. Last year it identified us as a leader in social media.
 
NEW HEAD FOR PALLIATIVE CARE PHYSICIANS
Kim Taylor is the new Executive Director for the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP). She brings more than 25 years of health care experience to the society. It includes business development and leadership of multi-stakeholder initiatives. She has a special interest in palliative care and has provided strategic, business and operational support to numerous provincial and national palliative care organizations.
 
PEI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH
Hospice PEI is looking for an Executive Director. It offers this job description. For more information, contact Wendy MacIntyre.
 
CAREGIVERS WHO SUPPORT EACH OTHER
A study at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine wants to hear from adults who care for parents and who seek support themselves. The goal of the study is to learn more about what caregivers need and look for to keep themselves strong. Learn more here.
 
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO CONFERENCE
The Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH) is inviting abstracts for its biannual conference on palliative care, to be held November 12 to 14 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The theme of the conference is "Going the Distance." Organizers are interested in oral, research papers, and poster presentations on a variety of palliative care topics. The submission deadline for abstracts is May 13. For more information, contact Stephanie Hendrickson.
 
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - ALBERTA CONFERENCE
Covenant Health Palliative Institute is inviting abstracts for its 25th Annual Palliative Care Education and Research Days, to be held in Edmonton in October. The deadline for abstracts is May 30. Submissions are being accepted here.
 
CALENDAR


May 9-10, 2014 - BC Palliative Care Association Forum 2014, Richmond, British Columbia

May 13-15, 2014 - Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

May 29-31, 2014 - Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians Annual Advanced Palliative Medicine Conference, Toronto, Ontario

June 6-8, 2014 - 2014 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Learning Institute, Banff, Alberta

June 8-10, 2014 - Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres Annual Conference 2014, Toronto, Ontario

June 12-13, 2014 - PEI Palliative Care Conference, Health PEI, Charlottetown, PEI

June 16-18, 2014 - Canadian Nurses Association Annual Meeting and Biennial Convention, Winnipeg, Manitoba 

September 9-12, 2014 - 20th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Quebec


 
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