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ENEWS -- April/May 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON
ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
Advance care planning is a key component of quality palliative care. Open and honest discussions among family members, friends and health care providers helps ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of wishes and goals for care, now and in the future. Among their many benefits, advance care plans ease the burden of decision-making on family and friends when a person is no longer able to make their own health decisions.

CONVERSATIONS
This new video from the Advance Care Planning in Canada Initiative of Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, discusses the importance of talking to those closest to you, and your health team, about your wishes for end-of-life care.

BE PREPARED: MAKE AN ADVANCE CARE PLAN

NEWS

PALLIUM RECEIVES FEDERAL SUPPORT
The federal government’s recent budget included $3 million funding for the Pallium Foundation of Canada over the next three years. This funding will enable Pallium to increase its capacity to provide palliative care training to front line health care professionals, thereby improving the accessibility of quality palliative care to patients.

FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR PALLIATIVE CARE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
The British Columbia Ministry of Health has announced a $9 million commitment to improve palliative and end-of-life care in B.C. The funding will support community and home based palliative care, a number of hospices across the province, the Provincial End-of-life Care Action Plan, and a Provincial Centre for Excellence in End-of Life Care.

CAREGIVERS CELEBRATED
On April 5, caregivers nationwide were recognized for their immeasurable contribution to the lives and wellbeing of those unable to care for themselves. This year, National Caregiver Day focused on the unique challenges of caregiving for those with dementia. See Virtual Hospice’s resources for caring for someone with Dementia in Books, Links & More and Tools for Practice.

NURSING LEADERS RECOGNIZED
Congratulations to Wendy Duggleby, PhD, RN, AOCN® and Heather Jewers, RN, BScN, MN, CNA on being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medals were given to recognize these nursing leaders’ outstanding contributions to nursing and and health care in Canada.

NEW GUIDES FROM CPAC
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has released two new guides to enhance key components of person-centred care. These guides will assist health care providers in implementing programs for patient navigation and distress screening. Navigation: A Guide to Implementing Best Practices in Person-Centred Care and Screening for Distress, the 6th Vital Sign: A Guide to Implementing Best Practices in Person-Centred Care are available online.

NATIONAL HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK
May 5-11 is National Hospice Palliative Care Week. This year’s theme, “Canadians are aging. We've done the math. Have you?" encourages Canadians to advocate for accessible quality palliative care in light of the increasing needs of our aging population. Visit the website to find out how you can get involved and for details on the National Hospice Palliative Care Week Online Event - A Golden Death: Hospice Palliative Care for Seniors.

HIKE FOR HOSPICE
On May 5, come together in your community to raise money and awareness for hospice and palliative care in Canada. Events will be held nationwide and 100% of the funds raised will go to hospice palliative care organizations. Visit the website to register or host an event.

PRECIOUS LIVES, MEANINGFUL CHOICES
This DVD from the University of Calgary and Calgary Pediatric Palliative Care/Grief Support Services, follows four families and the difficult choices they had to make for their child’s care.

A NEW HOME FOR HOSPICE IN TRURO, N.S.
Thanks to the generosity of two major benefactors, Colchester East Hants Hospice Society has finalized the purchase of a site for their long-awaited Hospice Centre in Truro Nova Scotia. According to Cathrine Yuill, Executive Director of the Hospice Society, “The welcoming and home-like environment allows Hospice to offer more programs and support more people facing serious illness or grief.” Colchester East Hants Hospice Society has been providing end-of-life and grief support to the people of Nova Scotia since 2003.

THE VALUE OF HOSPICE
Journalist Susan Bonner experienced firsthand the compassionate, respectful care provided to the dying in hospice when her father spent his last days, surrounded by his family, at Hospice Renfrew. Despite the fact that every Canadian will likely need palliative care at some point in their life, hospices often struggle to meet their financial needs. Susan urges a national conversation on the pressing need for quality palliative care. Read more.

YOUR STORIES
Reading others' experiences and sharing your own can be an important part of the healing process. Visit Your Stories to read these recent additions, or to submit your own story:
  • Making Mary Beautiful One Last Time – A hairdresser describes her opportunity to give the gift of joy and a last haircut.
  • True Grit – A wife celebrates her late husband’s grit and determination in the face of life-limiting illness.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Here is what our members are talking about now:

DIGNITY THERAPY WINS 2012 PROSE AWARD
Congratulations to Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov on winning the 2012 Prose Award for Clinical Medicine for Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days, from the American Publisher’s Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence.

CALENDAR

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

April 27, 2013 - INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP ON DEATH, DYING, AND BEREAVEMENT CONFERENCE: Hospice and Palliative Care, Grief Counseling and the Aftermath of Trauma and Disaster, Laurel Point, Victoria, British Colombia

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

May 5-7, 2013 - 2e CONGRÈS INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONE DE SOINS PALLIATIFS: À la rencontre de nos diversités : vers des soins palliatifs pour tous, Montreal, Quebec.

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

May 22-24, 2013 - DIGNITY THERAPY WORKSHOP, Winnipeg, Manitoba - SOLD OUT.

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

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


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