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ENEWS -- January 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON
ANXIETY
What will the end of life be like? How will I cope? How will we all cope? Have I done all I can to help? Are symptoms being adequately controlled? Common questions around the end of life commonly trigger anxiety. It can affect people who are ill, their family members and friends, and health care providers. In this edition of eNews, Virtual Hospice highlights resources to help ease and manage anxiety.


For Everyone
ANXIETY EXPLAINED

Guest author Catherine Traer-Martinez, registered clinical counselor with the BC Cancer Agency, has written a new article on anxiety. It describes common sources and symptoms of anxiety and offers techniques that may help ease it.

For Everyone
ANXIETY AND YOUR WELLBEING

For Professionals
MANAGING ANXIETY

For Everyone
ASKED & ANSWERED
  • How do I let go of my anxiety about death and about the meaning of life? Read our answer.

For Everyone
THE HEALING POWER OF SHARING
Many people facing anxiety have found support in our online Discussion Forums, where they can connect anonymously with others in similar situations. Here’s what members are talking about now:

NEWS

CVH HOSTS NEW WEBINARS
Canadian Virtual Hospice kicks off its 2013 webinar series with Hope, Demoralization, and Depression in Patients and Families, on February 13 at 4:30pm EST. In this webinar, Virtual Hospice team members Glen Horst, spiritual care adviser, and Fred Nelson, social worker, will focus on:
  • Demoralizing experiences in a life-threatening illness;
  • Re-focusing hope as illness advances;
  • Recognizing and responding to depression.
To register or for more information contact us. Thanks to the BC Cancer Agency (Interior) for suggesting this topic and the December topic Rituals To Comfort Families. Rituals is now available for viewing in The Gallery. Have a topic idea? Let us know!

DR. SUSAN McCLEMENT AWARDED LECTURESHIP
Congratulations to Susan McClement, RN, PhD, on being awarded the Sandy McKinnon Memorial Lectureship! Covenant Health awards this lectureship to a distinguished colleague in the area of nursing, palliative care, or ethics whose work focuses on psychosocial and spiritual aspects of palliative care. Susan is a professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba, a research associate with the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, and has contributed to the Virtual Hospice website.

VIRTUAL HOSPICE EXPANDS NATIONAL PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE
Canadian Virtual Hospice is proud to welcome three outstanding palliative care professionals to our National Peer Review Committee:
  • Stephen Liben, MD - Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and Director, Pediatric Palliative Care Program, The Montreal Children’s Hospital;
  • Susan Cadell, MSW, PhD -Professor and Director of the School of Social Work, Renison University College, University of Waterloo;
  • Rose De Angelis, N, MSc (A), CHPCN (C) - Assistant Executive Director and Nursing Director, The West Island Palliative Care Residence.

VICTORIA, BC HOSTS INTERNATIONAL GRIEF CONFERENCE
The International Working Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement's 2013 conference theme is Hospice and Palliative Care, Grief Counseling, and the Aftermath of Trauma and Disaster. The conference focus is on responding to the needs of the dying, the bereaved, and those struggling in the wake of violent death and disaster. Learn more and register here.

YEAR-END REPORT ON CANADA'S CANCER SYSTEM
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has released The 2012 Cancer System Performance Report. This is the fourth annual review of the performance of Canada's cancer control system.

CHPCA RESPONSE TO RASOULI CASE
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) has called for a refocus of Canada's end-of-life debate, in response to the Supreme Court of Canada hearing of the Rasouli case. The CHPCA believes all Canadians benefit when they can discuss and plan end-of-life care in advance.

ADVANCED TRAINING IN ONCOLOGY/PALLIATIVE NURSING
The University of Windsor and the de Souza Institute are offering a graduate diploma in Advanced Practice Oncology/Palliative Nursing. Apply by February 15 to begin the program in Fall 2013. Learn more here.

VIRTUAL HOSPICE RANKED TOP RESOURCE
For the second year in a row Virtual Hospice has been ranked the most useful service on Cancerview.ca’s website. Thank you to our team members, partners, and stakeholders for helping us offer high quality information and support to Canadians.

CELEBRATING OUR FIRST YEAR!
Just one year ago Virtual Hospice launched Discussion Forums. Today, almost 100 English and French speaking members share and support each other in our online community. A member had this to say: “It is truly comforting to know that we are not alone with our grief and that the experiences we have - even the very painful ones - are soothed by knowing there are others like you out there to listen and respond.” Join the conversations.

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS VIDEOS AVAILABLE
Session videos from the 19th International Congress on Palliative Care are now available for purchase. Please email info@pal2012.com for more information.

CALENDAR

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL ONCOLOGY 2013 CONFERENCE
Connecting with Intention in Psychosocial Oncology – Ottawa, Ontario, April 24-26, 2013.

22ND ANNUAL MANITOBA PROVINCIAL HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCE - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 26-27, 2013. Abstract deadline February 1, 2013.

WORLD CANCER DAY FEBRUARY 4, 2013
Cancer - Did you know? There are many myths out there. On February 4, 2013, get the facts.

5TH ANNUAL INNOVATIONS IN SUPPORTIVE CANCER CARE IN WESTERN CANADA
Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 27, 2013. For registration and information contact debra.oberman@cancercare.mb.ca.

2013 ANNUAL HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ONTARIO CONFERENCE
Ottawa ON, April 28-30, 2013.

2e CONGRÈS INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONE DE SOINS PALLIATIFS
Montreal, Quebec, May 5-7, 2013.

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES 14TH ANNUAL MARY O'CONNOR PALLIATIVE & HOSPICE CARE CONFERENCE
Calgary AB, May 9, 2013.

2013 BRITISH COLUMBIA HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Moving Forward Together: Collaborating with Creativity and Compassion - Richmond BC, June 2-3, 2013.

2013 SASKATCHEWAN HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Out of the Shadows: Extending the Boundaries of Hospice Palliative Care - Regina SK, June 13-14, 2013.

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