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ENEWS -- November 2015
  SPOTLIGHT ON
NEW FEDERAL HEALTH MINISTER SHARES THE STORY OF THE DEATH OF HER CHILD
“There is no more emotive date of the calendar year for me than March 11. This is the anniversary of the worst day of my life. It was on this day March 11, 1991 that our first-born child, Emily, died very suddenly in Niger Republic, West Africa.” On Nov. 4, 2015 The Honourable Jane Phillpott was sworn in as Canada’s new Health Minister. Read story. Read bio.
 
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FOR EVERYONE
'YOUR STORIES' – THE YEAR I RAN AWAY FROM CHRISTMAS
With the holiday season soon upon us, here is a favourite story, with an update by author Judy Wark. In “The Year I Ran Away from Christmas: A Mother’s Perspective on Grief and the Holidays,” Judy talks about navigating the holidays after loss. “Finally, ten days before Christmas, I called my travel agent and said, ‘Get me a beach, a buffet and a direct flight.’” Did running away to an all-inclusive resort in Cuba help? Read her story to find out.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
EXCHANGE POSTER – IMPROVING CARE OF THE ELDERLY
Since both palliative care and geriatrics care for elderly patients at the end of life, collaboration between these two disciplines is important. In her Exchange poster “Enhancing Communication Amongst Health Care Professionals in End-of-Life Care: Correlating the PPS and CFS,Daphna Grossman MD presents a clinical tool to make scores on the Palliative Performance Scale and Clinical Frailty Scale interchangeable.

 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
COURSE - BRAIN TUMOUR CARE: SUPPORTING PATIENTS & CAREGIVERS THROUGH THE CARE TRAJECTORY
The Brain Tumour Foundation, in cooperation with Pallium Canada have created a one hour online self-directed course that provides information for healthcare providers on supporting brain tumour patients and their family caregivers. Brain Tumour Care: Supporting Patients and Caregivers Through the Care Trajectory  includes: pre-reflection, supporting patients and caregivers through the care trajectory, post reflection and commitment to change. This course is FREE for the first 200 registrants and $75 thereafter. You will need to create a Pallium account to access the course.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE – WHO PALLIATIVE CARE INFOGRAPHIC

The “Improving Access to Palliative Care” infographic developed by the World Health Organization defines palliative care, addresses gaps and barriers and provides suggestions for what countries can do to improve palliative care. Available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - CARING FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

The “Defining consensus norms for palliative care of people with intellectual disabilities in Europe” White Paper from the European Association of Palliative Care presents guidance for clinical practice, policy and research related to palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities. The paper is based on evidence and European consensus, setting a benchmark for changes in policy and practice.

FOR EVERYONE
VIDEO - PALLIATIVE MYTHS – EPISODE 2
True or False: Palliative care is only for the elderly? Find out by watching Pallium Canada’s second episode of their palliative myths video series. This short animated video debunks 5 palliative care myths.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - PROFESSIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE SCALE (ProQOL)
The ProQOL is the most commonly used measure of the negative and positive affects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. Dr. Stamm, the developer of the ProQOL is a retired professor and researcher in the field of traumatic stress. She held positions at several universities including Dartmouth Medical School and Idaho State University.
 

NEWS


REVISED MANDATE FOR FEDERAL PANEL ON PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DYING 
The Liberal Government has asked the panel chaired by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov to continue their work on consulting with Canadians on physician-assisted dying. Under a revised mandate, the panel is to present the results of the consultations instead of options for developing legislation. The panel will deliver  their report to the federal Ministers of Health and Justice on Dec. 15, 2015.

PALLIATIVE CARE LEADERS RECEIVE ORDER OF CANADA
Governor General David Johnston invested two palliative care leaders into the Order of Canada on November 18, 2015. Marcia "Kappy" Flanders was honoured for her tireless work advocating for improved palliative care. Kappy created the McGill University Chair in Palliative Care, co-founded the Council on Palliative Care and has been a driving force behind the International Congress on Palliative Care. Virtual Hospice Chair, Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov was also invested. Dr. Chochinov was acknowledged as an international leader in palliative care, for his extensive work on patient dignity, communication and existential suffering and for founding the Canadian Virtual Hospice.

AWARD OF DISTINCTION PRESENTED TO DR. HAL SIDEN
Congratulations to Dr. Hal Siden for receiving the prestigious Dr. Parminder Singh Award of Distinction from the BC Pediatric Society (BCPS) for his leading work in the field of pediatrics. The award was presented to Dr. Siden at the BCPS annual dinner and general meeting on November 13.

CANADIAN HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATION 2015 AWARD WINNERS


 
Congratulations to the following CHPCA Award Winners: Award of Excellence – Virtual Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist Brenda Hearson, Pediatric Award of Excellence – Dr. Betty Davies, Media Award – Sharon Kirkey, and Balfour Mount Champion Award – Dr. Ina Cummings. Special recognition for outstanding achievement was presented to Ian Bos for his cross-Canada walk in support of hospice palliative care. The awards were presented at the CHPCA’s national conference held in Ottawa.

NEW PRESIDENT FOR CANADIAN HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATION
At the CHPCA’s Annual General Meeting in October, Rick Firth was appointed as the new president of the CHPCA Board of Directors. Rick is the Executive Director of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and has served on the CHPCA Board since 2009. The following executive members were also confirmed at the meeting: Val Pauley, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer, Jeff Christiansen.

CANCER CHAT CANADA UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP

As of October Cancer Chat Canada (CCC) has transitioned to a new home at the de Souza Institute, at the University Health Network in Toronto. CCC was previously hosted by the BC Cancer Agency in collaboration with other cancer agencies. Kudos to Joann Stephens who spearheaded the development of CCC and led its growth for many years and to Heather Rennie who has stewarded CCC and secured its future with de Souza Institute. CCC provides free online support groups to Canadians affected by cancer.

CANADIAN HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE NURSES GROUP (CHPCNG) BOARD APPOINTMENTS
The CHPC Nurses Group acclaimed their Executive at their Annual General Meeting in October: Patty McQuinn, President; Jacquie Peden, Vice President; Judy Simpson, Past President; Julia Johnston, Secretary-Treasurer; Janice Nesbitt, Communications Coordinator; Nicole Hamming and Melody Mayberry, Eastern Co-Reps; Lori Rietz, Central Rep; Carleen Brennais and Shari Young, Western Co-Reps; and Katherine MacArthur, Northern Rep. Click for more information or to join.

PALLIATIVE CARE ANNOUNCEMENTS IN MANITOBA AND QUEBEC
Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette announced that an additional $10 million a year will be invested to improve palliative care services in Quebec for the next five years. The Manitoba Government’s Speech from the Throne on November 15, 2015 included support for a new research chair in palliative care at the University of Manitoba and a reaffirmed commitment to the International Centre on Dignity and Palliative Care.

U OF MONTREAL POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
The University of Montreal’s Centre of Psycho-Oncology is seeking applicants for one two-year Postdoctoral fellowship for the “Exploring the causes of emotional distress in long term pediatric leukemia survivors” research program. Review of applications will begin in early January 2016.

NATIONAL PEER PREVIEW COMMITTEE EXPANDS
Virtual Hospice welcomes Dr. Hal Siden and Heather Jewers PhD to its National Peer Review Committee. Hal is a well-known leader in pediatric palliative care and is the Medical Director for Canuck Place, North America’s first children’s hospice, located in Vancouver. Heather is Assistant Professor, School of Nursing at St. Francis Xavier University, a former palliative care consultant with experience in clinical care, program and policy development, and palliative care education. Hal and Heather review submissions to the Exchange.

 

CALENDAR


December 1, 2015. Trinity Western University's Nursing Networking Cafe. Virtual Hospice Spiritual Care Consultant Shane Sinclair presents "From Credence to Competence: Developing an Evidence Base for Compassionate Care."

December 4, 2015. Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health (CSSH) Abstract Deadline. CSSH is calling for abstracts for the session “Contemporary Issues in End-of-Life Care” at their Fifth Biennial Conference in Ottawa, ON, May 5-6, 2016.

January 10, 2016. Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) Abstract Deadline. CAPO is accepting abstract submissions for their 2016 Conference: Generation Y to Older Adults – Psychosocial Care Across the Ages which takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 11-13, 2016.

January 15, 2016. Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) Poster and Oral Paper Presentation Abstract Deadline. HPCO is accepting abstract submissions for their April 17-19, 2016 Conference: Putting the Pieces Together - Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario in Richmond Hill, ON.

January 21-22, 2016. Quality End of Life Care Coalition Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON.

April 13-16, 2016. Association for Death Education and Counseling Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

April 17-19, 2016. Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Annual Conference, Richmond, ON.

April 28-29, 2016. New Brunswick Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Fredericton, NB.

May 11-13, 2016. Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

May 12-14, 2016. Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference, Ottawa, ON.

October 18-21, 2016. International Congress on Palliative Care. Montreal, QB.
 
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