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ENEWS -- February 2016
  SPOTLIGHT ON
INDIGENOUS VOICES: STORIES OF SERIOUS ILLNESS AND GRIEF

Virtual Hospice is pleased to present the video series Indigenous Voices: Living with Serious Illness and Grief. First Nations, Inuit and Métis from across Canada share stories about living with serious illness and grief. The series was developed by a national team that included Indigenous researchers, clinicians, people living with advanced illness and families. The series includes:
  • Four main videos (available on DVD and USB)
    • Ceremony, tradition and spirituality
    • Caring for the patient and family
    • Walking along side for a good death
    • Honouring our loss and grief
  • 170 short video clips organized by theme
Thank you to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer for the funding for this project, to the those who shared their stories in service to others and to our pan-Canadian team:
  • Kali Leary BSc, MBT (Co-lead)
  • Brenda Hearson RN, MN (Co-lead)
  • Usman Aslam MPH
  • Carrie Bourassa PhD
  • Velda Clark RN
  • Mary Hampton EdD
  • Serena Hickes SW
  • Carolyn Jardine BN, RN
  • Mary Lou Kelley MSW, PhD
  • Sharol Kohoko RN
  • Angeline Letendre RN, PhD
  • Donna E. Loft
  • Audrey Logan BA
  • Phillipa Martee
  • Elder Betty McKenna
  • Lori Monture RN
  • Laurie Ann Nicholas BSc., RD
  • Ted Norris B. Ed.
  • Holly Prince MSW
  • Karen Schmidt BEd, CFNHM
  • Jeroline Smith RN
  • Marney Vermette RN
Coming soon: Indigenous Voices print materials
   
NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR PROFESSIONALS
EXCHANGE ARTICLE – SUPPORTING LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) INDIVIDUALS AT END-OF-LIFE
Robert Beringer MA et al’s article “Fostering End-of-Life Planning among Older LGBT Adults: The development of the British Columbia LGBT End-of-Life Resource Inventory” is now available on the Exchange. The article outlines the need for an end-of-life planning resource inventory, explains the development of the inventory and shares feedback from a town hall meeting in BC.

FOR EVERYONE
‘YOUR STORIES’ – JOYFUL IN HOPE
In this ‘Your Story,’ a young woman shares her story about being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 26 and her battle against the disease. “A few weeks in, my husband shaved my thick long brown hair. Losing my hair was one of the most difficult steps, because my reflection was now a constant reminder I had cancer.” Read more

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCES FOR HEART MONTH

February is Heart Month, a national campaign focusing on raising awareness of heart disease and stroke. Here are a few resources:

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE – PALLIATIVE CARE FOR FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND MÉTIS
Cancer Care Ontario has developed “Guidelines for Working Together” which includes tips for caregivers, community health workers, and health care providers to ensure First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals’ needs are met when receiving palliative care.
 

FOR EVERYONE
NEW RESOURCE – SPIRITUAL SELF-ASSESSMENT
The FICA (Faith and Belief, Importance, Community, Address in Care) Spiritual Assessment tool can help you think about your personal spiritual history. “Do I have a spiritual belief that helps me cope with stress? With Illness? What gives my life meaning?” Learn more.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE – A PALLIATIVE APPROACH TO CARE
There is a lack of clarity on the essential characteristics of a palliative approach to care. In the research article, “Conceptual Foundations of a Palliative Approach: a Knowledge Synthesis,” Richard Sawatzky et al. sought to clarify the meaning of a “palliative approach” to healthcare for people with advanced illness. Three key features of a palliative approach were identified. Read the full, open-source article.

FOR EVERYONE
NEW RESOURCE – TRANSITIONING FROM HOSPITAL TO HOME
Getting Home Safely: A Hospital Discharge Guide for Older Adults & their Families” was developed with the support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to help family members participate in the planning of discharging a family member home and to make the transition from the hospital a safe one.
 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
VIDEO – WHY PRESCRIBE METHADONE?

 
In this short clip (2:23), Virtual Hospice clinical team lead Mike Harlos MD discusses the Importance of being able to prescribe methadone. "I think it's important that more physicians be able to prescribe methadone because there are certain pain circumstances where it provides almost a remarkable unique benefit.” – Mike Harlos

NEWS


JOINT PARLIAMENTARY PANEL ON PHYSICIAN ASSISTED DYING
The Supreme Court of Canada granted the federal government a 4-month extension to formulate a response to Carter v Canada. Physician-assisted death will become legal in Canada on June 6, 2016. A Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying was appointed to review the report of the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada and, following consultations, make recommendations on the framework of a federal response on physician-assisted dying. Senate members include: Hon. Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie, Hon. James S. Cowan, Hon. Serge Joyal, Hon. Nancy Ruth, and Hon. Judith G. Seidman. House of Commons members include: Robert Oliphant, Michael Cooper, Murray Rankin, Harold Albrecht, John Aldag, René Arseneault, Julie Dabrusin, Gérard Deltell, Denis Lemieux, Brigitte Sansoucy, and Brenda Shanahan.

PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DEATH IN CANADA
In this Journal of the American Medical Association article, Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov describes the efforts being made in Canada to explore the complexities of physician-assisted dying after the Supreme Court of Canada lifted its prohibition. Free access via Jama Network Reader.

CONGRATULATIONS SUSAN BAILEY
Susan Bailey, nurse, teacher, pioneer in palliative care and advocate for the rights of the dying, has been appointed to the Order of Ontario. Congratulations Susan!

INTRODUCING CARERS CANADA

Earlier this month, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition formally announced the changing of their name to Carers Canada. Visit their new website to learn more about Carers Canada and how they are making a difference for carers in Canada. 

COMPASSION IN HEALTH CARE: AN EMPIRICAL MODEL
The compassion article by Virtual Hospice Spiritual Care Advisor Shane Sinclair PhD, Chair Harvey Max Chochinov OM, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC et al. is now available in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. This is the first study to define and develop a model of compassion from the perspective of patients.

DR. JOSE PEREIRA ACCEPTS NEW ROLE
Congratulations to Dr. José Pereira on being appointed the Director, Research for the College of Family Physicians of Canada, effective March 1, 2016 Dr. Pereira will be responsible for the Research Department portfolio and work to build the capacity for family medicine research through the College membership and the Canadian health care system.
 

ST. ALBERT HOSPICE AND LONG-TERM CARE UNIT – NOW OPEN
A new mixed unit operated by Covenant Care – with 10 new hospice beds and 12 new long-term care beds opened at Foyer Lacombe in St. Albert, Alberta. The first hospice patient was admitted during the last week of January. Congratulations St. Albert Hospice!

TVN ANNOUNCES SUMMER STUDENT AWARDS PROGRAM
TVN (Technology Evaluation of the Elderly Network) is providing up to ten awards of up to $4,500 each. Eligible undergraduate students are invited to submit applications for their 2016 Summer Student Awards Program. This program provides students with an interdisciplinary summer experience, which will develop a frame of reference for examining health care for frail elderly Canadians. Intent to Apply due February 25, 2016 (must submit via online form).

FREE, ONLINE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Cancer Chat Canada is now enrolling participants for their new online support group for caregivers which will begin March 21, 2016. This online support group is for caregivers who are caring for family members and/or friends with any cancer diagnosis and stages. Register here.

WHO SHOULD BE DRIVING THE PALLIATIVE CARE BUS? SPECIAL PRESENTATION
On Tuesday, March 8 from 4:00pm (EST), Lakehead University’s Distinguished Researcher for 2015, Dr. Mary Lou Kelley will present “Who should be driving the palliative care bus? Putting the community in the driver's seat!” Attend in person at the Balmoral Street Centre, Lakehead University, Room 1002 (space is limited), via the Ontario Telemedicine Network, or live WebCast.

CALENDAR


February 27, 2016. Suffering and Hope Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice’s Spiritual Care Advisor Glen Horst will be presenting "End of Life Conversations when a Person Wants to Die: a Pastoral Perspective.”

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 Hill, ON. Virtual Hospice will be presenting.

April 28-29, 2016. New Brunswick Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Fredericton, NB. Our Executive Director Shelly Cory will be presenting a plenary.

May 11-13, 2016. Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference, Halifax, NS. Virtual Hospice will be presenting. Drop by our booth.

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.

June 3-5, 2016. Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s Learning Institute, Banff, AB.

June 20-22, 2016. Canadian Nurses Association Biennial Convention, Saint John , NB. Virtual Hospice will be presenting.
 
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