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ENEWS -- September 2015
  SPOTLIGHT ON
SEXUALITY
Sexuality is much more than sexual intercourse. It is the true meaning of intimacy; a way to connect with a spouse or partner we love. It can be holding hands, touching, or kissing. And it doesn’t have to end with advanced illness. In this edition of eNews, we have featured resources on intimacy, touch and sex.

FOR EVERYONE
TOPICS ARTICLE – AM I STILL A SEXUAL BEING?
Even as illness advances, sexuality remains an important part of life. Side effects of an illness, such as pain and fatigue, are often barriers to intimacy. Leading national expert Dr. Anne Katz’s new Topics article provides tips for openly discussing sexuality with your partner and healthcare provider in order to help maintain an intimate relationship.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCES AND TOOLS ON SEXUALITY
The Canadian Cancer Society’s booklet “Sexuality and Cancer: A Guide for People With Cancer” was created to help men and women of all sexual orientations understand the impact cancer can have on sexuality.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCES AND TOOLS ON SEXUALITY
Healthcare providers often disregard the importance of sexuality for patients with advanced illnesses. This attitude stems from the lack of information about this topic. Dr. Anne Katz’s Exchange article “Sexuality at the End of Life” includes tips for health care providers on communicating about sexuality with their patients.


 

NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR EVERYONE
TOPICS ARTICLE - WITHHOLDING TREATMENT? WITHDRAWING TREATMENT? PALLIATIVE SEDATION?
Our new Topics article by Dr. Romayne Gallagher uses case examples to explain three terms that are often misunderstood:  ‘withholding treatment’, ‘withdrawing treatment’ and ‘palliative sedation.’

FOR EVERYONE
YOUR STORIES – THE KNOWING
A beautifully written story by Janie about how the death of a yellow warbler bird, showed a group of young adults with cancer that “Death, isn’t so scary, is it?”
 

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE – PAIN SQUAD™ APP FOR CHILDREN
Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto developed an iPhone app to help children with cancer fight back against pain. The app plays like a game and is a fun way for children and teens to keep a pain diary.
 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
EXCHANGE POSTER – ANALGESIC FOR BREAKTHROUGH CANCER PAIN
Dr. Charlotte Pooler and colleagues present findings from a survey of nurses about decision making and clinical judgement when administering analgesia for breakthrough pain to palliative patients.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE – PRESSURE ULCERS: QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
A new guide on preventing and treating pressure ulcers is the result of an international collaboration between the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (United States), European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. The guide contains recommendations for all stages of pressure injury management including skin and tissue risk assessment, wound care, options for non-healing wounds and also provides suggestions for special populations.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - OXFORD HANDBOOK OF ONCOLOGY (4TH ED.)
Now fully revised, the Oxford Handbook of Oncology (4th Ed.) covers the scientific basis and diagnosis of cancers, as well as drugs, biomarkers, and the presentation and psychosocial aspects of oncology.
 



 

NEWS


IAN’S WALK FOR END OF LIFE CARE ENTERS THE PRAIRIES
Ian Bos, cross-Canada trekker for hospice palliative care, reached Manitoba and the half-way mark of his walk on August 21, 2015. While in Manitoba, Ian shared his inspiring story with the public at various events and met Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janice Filmon. To send Ian off on the western leg of his walk, Canadian Virtual Hospice coordinated the “Walk a Block for Hospice” rally at historic Portage and Main. Supporters, including Premier Greg Selinger and Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors Deanne Crothers, joined Ian as he walked down Portage Avenue. Ian is now in Saskatchewan and as of September 4 has walked 4000km. For updates on Ian and his journey, click here. 

HAVE YOUR SAY ON PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DYING
An online survey on physician-assisted dying is available now until October 11, 2015 for Canadians to provide their input. Survey questions include issues of eligibility, rules and safeguards to reduce the risks to individuals and society. The Government of Canada’s External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada, chaired by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, has launched the ‘Issue Book’. Responses by Canadians will help the Panel develop a set of options for the government to respond to the Supreme Court of Canada decision. All answers are confidential and no personal identifying information is collected in the questionnaire.

CANADIAN HEALTHCARE INNOVATION REPORT
The Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada report was released by the Government of Canada on July 17, 2015. The report identifies the five most promising areas of innovation in Canada and internationally that have the potential to sustainably reduce growth in health spending while leading to improvements in the quality and accessibility of care. Virtual Hospice was featured as a successful health care innovation in Chapter 5 of this report.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: CANADIAN HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATION 2015 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE



 
Do you know someone in hospice palliative care who is making a difference? Take the time to recognize someone who has made a national contribution to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and their families who are facing a life threatening illness. Nominations can be submitted until September 25, 2015.

FREE PRESENTATION - IMPROVING END-OF-LIFE CARE IN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
On September 22, Dr. Mary Lou Kelly of Lakehead University will present findings of a project showing the value of local community development, regional partnerships, education and community empowerment in addressing gaps in palliative care services for First Nations communities. To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, please register here.

PEI PALLIATIVE CARE CHAMPION HONOURED
Winnifred MacArthur, who worked as a palliative care resource nurse prior to retiring in July 2015 received the first Prince Edward Island award of excellence in palliative care delivery. The award was presented this summer at the annual PEI Palliative Care Conference. It will be awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to palliative care.
 

HOSPICE AT “THE VIEWS” NOW OPEN
Comox Valley, BC residents who are in need of community hospice care can now receive these services closer to home with the opening of a new 4 bed residential hospice. Hospice at The Views welcomed its first patient on July 27th.

NEW RESIDENTIAL HOSPICE: INNISFREE HOUSE
The ribbon cutting ceremony for Lisaard House Charity’s new 10 bed hospice in the Waterloo region took place on July 9. Innisfree House was established in response to the growing community’s need for palliative care facilities that provide comfort, care and closure to individuals and their families at the end-of-life.

CANADA'S LARGEST CANCER DATABASE OPENS TO GLOBAL RESEARCHERS

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has launched The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, an innovative research portal that includes health and biological data from 300,000 Canadians. Researchers around the world now have access to a wealth of information allowing them to approach cancer and chronic disease from new angles.

 

CALENDAR


September 17-18, 2015, Palliative Manitoba Annual Provincial Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice team members will be presenting at the conference on our new online tools that will be launched in January 2016.

September 23-25, 2015, Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nursing Biennial Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist Janice Nesbitt will be speaking at the conference.

September 27-29, 2015,  Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice will be hosting a workshop.

October 4 -7, 2015, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association (CANO) Conference, Toronto, ON. Virtual Hospice’s Project Manager, JoAnn Lapointe McKenzie and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Brenda Hearson will be presenting three of our Knowledge Tools projects. Community Moderator, Colleen Young will be presenting with Heather Sinardo of Canadian Cancer Society on Patients Pushing the Boundaries of Privacy and Support in the Digital Age.

October 9-10, 2015, Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, Boston, MA.

October 14-16, 2015, Bereavement Ontario Network Conference, Orillia, ON.

October 26- 27, 2015, Palliative Education & Research Days, Edmonton, AB.  Virtual Hospice Executive Director, Shelly Cory and Spiritual Care Adviser Shane Sinclair will be presenting on our Knowledge Tools projects.

October 29- November 1, 2015, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Ottawa, ON. Virtual Hospice and our partners will be presenting three new online tools.

November 3-5, 2015, First Nation Health Managers Association Conference, Montreal, QC. Virtual Hospice’s Brenda Hearson and Karen Schmidt from File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council will be presenting the new First Nations Inuit Empowerment Tool.

November 12-13, 2015, Northwestern Ontario Palliative Care Booster, Thunder Bay, ON.

November 12-14, 2015, Family Medicine Forum, Toronto, ON. Virtual Hospice’s Drs. Mike Harlos and Cornie Woelk along with Methadone Team member Dr. Dori Seccareccia of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will be presenting on the new Methadone Training Tool.

November 18, 2015, Central West Palliative Care Network, Brampton, ON. Virtual Hospice’s Executive Director Shelly Cory and Communications Manager Marissa Ambalina will be exhibiting a presentation at the conference.
 
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