Canadian Virtual Hospice | Portail palliatif canadien
ENEWS -- September 2016
  SPOTLIGHT
SIT DOWN, LEAN IN

In a new Exchange article, our clinical team lead Dr. Mike Harlos refocuses the conversation about medical assistance in dying to “the most foundational and fundamental imperatives of health care: to reduce the burden of suffering related to illness.” He invites you to Sit Down, Lean in to engage the person (not the patient) to address suffering.
   
RELATED RESOURCES 
FOR PROFESSIONALS FOR EVERYONE

NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR PROFESSIONALS
VIDEO: THE BOW TIE MODEL OF 21ST CENTURY PALLIATIVE CARE
In this short video (11:06), Dr. Pippa Hawley, Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of British Columbia, describes a new approach to talking with patients about palliative care earlier in their illness. You may also be interested in Dr. Hawley’s Exchange article on the Bow Tie Model.

FOR EVERYONE
 VIDEOS: DR. SUSAN MACDONALD TALKS PALLIATIVE CARE
Dr. Susan MacDonald, past-president of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians worked with us on a great new series of videos:

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE: CULTURALLY-SENSITIVE END-OF-LIFE CARE: LITERATURE REVIEW
We are pleased to release the literature review of 94 articles that report on cultural considerations and cultural awareness in palliative and end-of-life care. This review was foundational to the development of LivingMyCulture.ca. You can also view the article on the scoping review recently published in BMC Geriatrics.
 

NEWS


Q&A WITH NATIONAL KIDS GRIEF EXPERT ANDREA WARNICK
The next KidsGrieve 2 Q&A will take place on September 13 from 1-2pm Eastern Time. This free online event connects families, professional and volunteers with Andrea Warnick, a national grief expert who answers your questions about supporting children and youth who are grieving a death or an expected death. To participate email: KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca. Can’t join live? Submit your questions to: KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca

TOOL FOR NURSING INSTRUCTORS
Our Nursing Curricula Resource Guide provides quick access to evidence-informed teaching tools for lectures and student projects. The guide is organized by themes based on a review of nursing curricula from across Canada. Find video clips; articles; research summaries; and clinical practice guidelines.

NOMINATE AN EXCEPTIONAL CAREGIVER
Do you know someone who is an exceptional caregiver? Who goes above and beyond the call of duty? This is your chance to thank them. Nominate an individual for a professional or family caregiver award. Or nominate an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of caregivers. Visit CanadaCares for details.

COVENANT HEALTH LAUNCHES PALLIATIVE CARE MATTERS

In partnership with national stakeholders, Covenant Health in Edmonton has launched a national initiative to consult Canadians about their views and experiences of palliative and end-of-life care, review evidence, and develop a plan to ensure all Canadians can access high‐quality palliative care services.  A national consensus conference will be held in Ottawa from November 7-9, 2016.

NEW PALLIATIVE ADVOCACY NETWORK
Drs. Naheed Dosani and Jenny Lau have formed Palliative Advocacy Network (PAN) to encourage conversations to improve access and delivery of palliative care services to all Canadians. Membership is open to all health care professionals who support PAN's mandate and would like to be part of the network. If interested, email PAN.Palliative@gmail.com.

THANK YOU RUTH BARKER
Virtual Hospice would like to send a special thank you to Ruth Barker for supporting our vision and being instrumental in the development of our four new online support tools. Ruth is leaving the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to pursue a new opportunity. Ruth, we appreciated your wise counsel and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

121 PALLIATIVE CARE CONVERSATIONS
Follow our #121HealthTalks campaign on twitter and Facebook to see highlights of LivingMyCulture.ca. Hear 64 people from 11 different cultures share fascinating personal stories about culture intersecting with advanced illness.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT LIVINGMYCULTURE.CA AND MYGRIEF.CA
Please participate in a short survey on LivingMyCulture.ca and MyGrief.ca. Your feedback will help us refine the tools for patients, families and health providers across Canada.

SEE YOU AT INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS!
The Virtual Hospice team is looking forward to meeting you at our booth and seeing you at the following presentations:
•    October 19, 2016, 11:00-12:30pm - LivingMyCulture.ca: New Online Tools to Support Culturally Safe Care by Shane Sinclair, Mei Lan Fang, Kelli Stajduhar and Shelly Cory
•    October 19, 2016, 11:00-12:30pm - Indigenous Voices: New Online Tools to Enhance Competencies for Providing Culturally Safe Care by Shelly Cory and Marissa Ambalina
•    October 20, 2016, 11:00-12:30pm - The Canadian Virtual Hospice Loss and Grief Interactive Tool for Patients and Families by Shelly Cory and Sylvie Lalande (family advisor)
•    October 20, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm - Methadone4Pain.ca: An Evaluation of a New Online Course for Physicians Prescribing for Pain in Palliative Care by Dr. Cornelius Woelk

NEW DIGNITY THERAPY VIDEO (04:03)
Claire Moroney, a nurse practitioner at the Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto shares findings from a research study she conducted using Dignity Therapy for people with brain tumours. Dignity Therapy, developed by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, is a brief intervention that can help conserve a patient's sense of dignity by addressing sources of emotional distress. This video was developed by Sunnybrook Hospital.

THE LANCET: CANADA’S LAW ON MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING
Read Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and Catherine Frazee’s article “Finding a balance: Canada’s law on medical assistance in dying” in The Lancet.

680 CJOB INTERVIEWS FRED NELSON ON GRIEVING KIDS
In the wake of the Aaron Driver shooting, guest host Greg Mackling and Fred Nelson discuss supporting grieving children. Fred is Virtual Hospice’s psychosocial consultant and co-led the development of MyGrief.ca.
 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION - PALLIATIVE MANITOBA
Palliative Manitoba is looking for an inspirational motivator to lead their team as Executive Director. Palliative Manitoba is a registered charity that is focused on improving living until the end of life and aims to enhance the profile and understanding of palliative care in the province. Please email your resume and cover letter to palliativemanitobajobs@gmail.com by September 8, 2016.

WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER
Virtual Hospice welcomes Clinical Nurse Specialist Ogechi Asagwara to the team. In this role Ogechi reviews and creates new content for the website, responds to questions on “Ask a Professional,” and collaborates with the team to maintain and grow Virtual Hospice to meet evolving needs.

NATIONAL PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE EXPANDS
Virtual Hospice welcomes Dr. Ingrid de Kock to our National Peer Review committee for the Exchange. Dr. de Kock is a palliative care physician with the Edmonton Zone Palliative Care Program. She is also involved in teaching and research activities at the Division of Palliative Care Medicine at the University of Alberta. She is a past President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.
 

CALENDAR


September 22-23, 2016. Palliative Manitoba Conference. Winnipeg, MB.  Virtual Hospice team members will be presenting two keynote speeches, a number of sessions and exhibiting a booth.

October 18-21, 2016. International Congress on Palliative Care. Montreal, QB. Virtual Hospice will be presenting on our new online tools and is excited to meet you at the booth.

October 20-22, 2016. Canadian Association of Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Montreal, QC.

October 20-23, 2016. Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Conference. Calgary, AB. Drop by and meet Ogechi at the booth.

October 24-25, 2016. Palliative Care Education and Research Days. Edmonton, AB.Attend Marissa’s presentation and drop by the booth

October 25-27,2016. Home Care Summit. Vancouver, BC. Attend Shelly’s presentation and drop by the booth.

November 7-9, 2016. Palliative Care Matters National Consensus Conference. Ottawa, ON.

November 9-12, 2016. Family Medicine Forum. Vancouver, BC. Marissa looks forward to meeting you at the booth.

November 16, 2016. Central West Palliative Care Network, Brampton, ON. Swing by the Virtual Hospice booth.

November 15-17, 2016. First Nations Health Managers Conference. Vancouver, BC. Virtual Hospice communications specialist Marissa, and Indigenous Voices team members Kali Leary and Elder Roberta Price will be presenting Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief.
 
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