Canadian Virtual Hospice | Portail palliatif canadien
ENEWS -- January 2016
  SPOTLIGHT ON
NEW ONLINE TOOLS
NEW FREE ACCREDITED ONLINE COURSE – Methadone4Pain.ca
Methadone4Pain.ca is a one hour, online course for physicians wishing to improve their knowledge and develop core competencies in methadone prescribing for pain management in palliative care. Approved for 1 hour MainPro-M1 credits and as a Royal College Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1). The course was developed by Canadian Virtual Hospice and leading national pain management specialists, in collaboration with The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, The College of Family Physicians of Canada, Pallium Canada and de Souza Institute. Funding was provided by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Pharmacists, and nurses who assess and manage patients on methadone will also find the content useful to their practice.

Thank you to team members:
  • Pippa Hawley MD, BMed, FRCPC
    (co-lead)
  • Mike Harlos MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP (co-lead)
  • Marie-Claude Gregoire MD, MSC, FRCPC
  • Bruce Kennedy BSc (Pharm), MBA
  • Dori Seccareccia MD, CCFP-EM, MSISc
  • Ken Stakiw MD, CPCPS
  • Cornelius Woelk MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP
  • Srini Chary MBBS, CCFP, DA, FRCSEd
  • Expert Reviewers:
  • Jamie Meuser MD, CCFP, FCFP
  • Raymond Viola MD, MSc, CCFP,FCFP
  • Bruno Gagnon MD, MSc
RESOURCES ON METHADONE COMING IN FEBRUARY
  • MyGrief.ca - Because losing someone is hard...
    This interactive web-based support helps you understand and work through your grief. MyGrief.ca was developed by Canadian Virtual Hospice in collaboration with national and international grief experts and families who “have been there.” Sign up to be notified when MyGrief.ca goes live.
  • LivingMyCulture.ca
    A video series that shares the voices and wisdom of respected leaders, patients and family members from 10 of Canada’s ethno-cultural communities about living with dying in Canada. Communities engaged include: Chinese, East Indian, Ethiopian, Filipino, First Nations, Inuit, Iranian, Italian, Pakistani, and Somali. Videos are available in English, Amharic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Italian, Tagalog, Urdu and Somali.
  • Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief
    A video series of stories by First Nations, Inuit and Métis living with advanced illness and grief, their family members and health providers. A series of print materials will also be available.
 
NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE

FOR PROFESSIONALS
ADVANCE CARE PLANNING (ACP) E-LEARNING MODULES
The online learning module “My Health. My Wishes. My Plan: An Advance Care Planning primer and practical approaches for healthcare providers” has been launched by The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and East Toronto Health Link. The modules focus on enhancing ACP knowledge and communication skills of health care providers. Registration is required to access the modules.

FOR EVERYONE
‘YOUR STORIES’ – PALLIATIVE CARE FOR MY MOTHER, MY BEST FRIEND
In this ‘Your Story,’ a daughter shares her experiences about caring for her mother from diagnosis to end of life.

 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - DEVELOPING PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAMS IN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES: A WORKBOOK
This workbook, developed by Lakehead University, provides an outline for First Nations communities on how to develop local palliative care programs in their communities. It offers a process for community development and change, practical guidelines, ideas, and lessons learned. Dr. Mary Lou Kelley was the principal investigator of the project and Holly Prince was the co-principal investigator.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE – SUPPORTING GRIEVING CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
Dr. Jay’s Children’s Grief Centre developed the book “Living Dying” and several information sheets with suggestions on how to support children and teens living with serious illness, loss and grief.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
POSTER – ASSESSING FAMILY MEDICINE POSTGRADUATES
Jeff Myers MD and Anita Chakraborty MD’s poster “An innovative strategy for assessing postgraduate family medicine learners completing a block palliative care rotation” is now available on the Exchange. The strategy focuses on measuring Entrustable Professional Activities (features of the work) when assessing postgraduate family medicine leaners instead of competencies (features of the learner).

FOR PROFESSIONALS
COURSES – DE SOUZA PALLIATIVE CARE COURSES
The de Souza Institute offers a variety of courses in their Palliative Care series to support health care professionals. Some of the courses offered are: Introduction to Hospice Palliative Care, Advance Care Planning, Management of Dyspnea and more. Course list
 
NEWS


JUST RELEASED: REPORT BY EXTERNAL PANEL ON PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DYING (PAD)
On January 18, 2016 the Government of Canada released the External Panel’s report on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. The report summarizes the results and key findings of the External Panel’s consultations on PAD. Panel members include Chair, Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, Catherine Frazee and Benoît Pelletier. The report will be reviewed by a Parliamentary all-party Special Joint Committee on PAD.

IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO COMPASSIONATE CARE BENEFITS
Canadians can now claim up to 26 weeks of Compassionate Care Benefits, an increase from 6 weeks. In addition, the period during which benefits can be taken is expanded to 52 weeks (up from 26 weeks). Benefits can be shared between family members. Eligibility for the benefits remains the same.

NEW NATIONAL REPORT IDENTIFIES GAPS/BARRIERS
The Canadian Cancer Society’s report Right to Care: Palliative care for all Canadians highlights the major gaps in care and barriers Canadians face when accessing palliative care when they need it. It also includes recommendations to governments and other stakeholders working in palliative care. 

VIRTUAL HOSPICE REACHES THE 1 MILLION MARK
Virtual Hospice surpassed a milestone in December. In 2015 there were more than 1 million visits to the site. Thank you to all who visit and recommend virtualhospice.ca to patients, families and colleagues. 

NEW PARTNERSHIP TO SUSTAIN  IPODE
Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology and the de Souza Institute have announced a collaboration to continue the delivery of the continuing education courses under the Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology Distance Education (IPODE) project. The de Souza Institute is excited to be the new home for the IPODE continuing education courses.

REGISTER FOR CAMP ERIN TODAY
Camp Erin is a free weekend-long bereavement camp taking place from June 3-June 5, 2016, for children and teens living in the Greater Toronto area. Activities focus on providing campers with tools to help with their grief, while at the same time improving self-esteem and providing enjoyment.

NOW OPEN – HOSPICE FREDERICTON’S “HOSPICE HOUSE
A 10 bed residential hospice facility located in downtown Fredericton is now open! The facility includes quiet rooms, kitchen and dining areas, a chapel and a space for families who wish to stay on site.

eHOSPICE APP NOW AVAILABLE
This free app includes all features of ehospice, including informative articles on the latest international news and development in hospice, palliative, and end of life care, education and job opportunities and photo galleries. Download: Android, Apple

WEBINAR: ADVANCE CARE PLANNING – A PHYSICIAN’S GUIDE TO START THE CONVERSATION WITH PROSTATE CANCER PATIENTS
A webinar presented by Dr. Sean Pierre on advance care planning and its importance for men with prostate cancer, their partners and families will take place on January 29, from 1-2pm EST. This session has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians for 1 Mainpro-M1 credits and as an accredited Royal College Group Learning Activity (Section 1). Click here to register.

VIRTUAL HOSPICE IPAD WINNER

 
Jodi Swan has won the 2015 Virtual Hospice draw for an iPad. Jodi is a social worker with MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel and served as a past chair of Hospice PEI. Congratulations Jodi!
 

CALENDAR


January 29, 2016. CancerCare Manitoba Cancer Day for Primary Care, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice looks forward to seeing you at the booth.

January 31, International Congress on Palliative Care Abstract Deadline. Submissions are being accepted for the 21st International Congress on Palliative care in Montreal, QB, October 18-21, 2016.

February 5, 2016. University of Manitoba Continuing Professional Development Day: Palliative Care in Primary Care, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice looks forward to meeting you at the booth.

February 9, 2016. Palliative Manitoba Abstract Deadline. Palliative Manitoba is accepting abstracts for their 25th Annual Provincial Palliative Care Conference in Winnipeg, MB, September 22-23, 2016.

March 7, 2016. Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) Abstract Deadline. CANO is accepting abstracts for their 28th Annual Conference in Calgary, AB, October 20 – 23, 2016.

March 7-8, 2016. Dementia Care Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice is exhibiting a booth and looks forward to meeting you.

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.

May 16-17, 2016. John K. Friesen Conference: Late Life Issues and Innovations, Vancouver, BC.

May 25-27, 2016. Dignity Therapy Training Workshop, Winnipeg, MB.

May 26-27, 2016. Indigenous Health Conference, Toronto, ON. Virtual Hospice will be presenting "Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief."

May 30-31, 2016. Canadian Nursing Education conference, Toronto, ON.
 
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