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iCAN-ACP Newsletter and Podcast

The 2nd iCAN-ACP newsletter is out, you can read it here! They also have a new podcast, check it out!

Advance Care Planning public workshop listed as a top 30 innovation

We’re proud to share that our Peer-Facilitated Advance Care Planning Public Workshop is among the Top 30 selected innovations for the Frailty Matters Innovation Showcase in Toronto on Sept. 20.

We partnered with two community organizations — Comox Valley Hospice Society and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN) — to develop a community-based public education model to promote Advance Care Planning (ACP). The goal is to bring and have ACP conversations where people live, and to have their wishes known and respected.

The peer-facilitated ACP public workshop includes:

  • An online and in-person training curriculum for volunteers to equip them with the knowledge and skills to become peer facilitators for ACP sessions;
  • A start-up toolkit that includes resources for community organizations interested in adopting this model for facilitators and for the public.

The model was adopted by 24 community organizations across B.C. Evaluation of over 40 sessions indicates that the model is effective at all levels.

Click here to learn about the Top 30 Frailty Innovations.

 

Finding palliative care services

The BC Centre for Palliative Care is a centre of excellence with a mandate to integrate palliative care into the health system.

We focus on the process to integrate palliative care into the health system — for direct services around palliative care, there are many resources in BC. If you are a caregiver or want general information about services available, Service BC can help you! Call Service BC Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5pm:

Victoria: 250-387-6121
Vancouver: 604-660-2421
Elsewhere in BC: 1-800-663-7867
Outside BC: 1-604-660-2421

Here are some other helpful resources:

These resources are not intended to replace the information or advice of your health-care provider.

We’ve launched a YouTube Channel

We’re proud to announce that we now have a BC Centre for Palliative Care YouTube channel.

We currently have five videos that we’ve produced. The five offer insights on the challenges of living with serious illness (featuring Dr. Doris Barwich), palliative care systems in India (featuring Dr. Rajagopal), and how compassionate communities can address gaps in palliative care.

Enjoy these educational and informative videos.

Towards a more compassionate Canada, Eh!

National Hospice Palliative Care Week runs from May 6-12. The theme for 2018, “Towards a more compassionate Canada, Eh?” encourages Canadians to consider ways community involvement can support the dying and bereavement process.

For National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2018, the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association are calling on Canadians to answer these questions:

* What makes a compassionate community?

* How can compassionate communities support end-of-life care?

Compassionate Communities in BC

A Compassionate Communities movement began in May 2015 with a stakeholder round-table facilitated by BCCPC.

In 2016, BCCPC launched a Seed Grant Program that provides funding, training, tools and coaching for community-based organizations interested in creating Compassionate Communities.

Currently, 68 Compassionate Communities ideas are being implemented in 48 communities across BC – 50% are happening in rural and remote communities.

The goal of the BC Compassionate Communities movement is to improve access to care and support as well as to enhance connection, meaning and belonging for people affected by serious illness, frailty and grief.

Here’s a link for more information and downloadable resources about BC Compassionate Communities.

National Campaign

“When we think about death and dying we often imagine a hospital setting, and that can be a very frightening image for people,” says CHPCA Executive Director Sharon Baxter. “When individuals are actively engaged in their communities they surround themselves with a network of caring allies who can support their end-of-life wishes and contribute to living well. Within a compassionate communities model, living and dying well becomes everybody’s business.”

For this year’s campaign, the CHPCA has created four downloadable posters that visually represent the different ways compassionate communities can support living well, as well as a backgrounder and resource list. In addition, Canadians throughout the health-care sector, as well as individuals, are encouraged to use the hashtag #MyCompassionateCanada to share their experiences with compassionate care, ideas for living well, and their thoughts on how we can come together to support each other now and at the end of life.

More information and downloadable promotional resources at National Hospice Palliative Care Week.

 

Making a difference recognized with national award in palliative medicine

The BC Centre for Palliative Care is proud to announce that Dr. Doris Barwich, our Executive Director, is the 2018 recipient of the Eduardo Bruera Award in Palliative Medicine. The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians presents this award annually to a physician who demonstrates excellence in the field of Palliative Medicine as recognized by their peers.  

Dr. Barwich was honoured during the 14th Annual Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference June 2018 for her exemplary leadership and administrative abilities as well as many other notable achievements in the areas of clinical palliative medicine, research, and palliative medicine education.  

Besides her current role as the inaugural Executive Director of the BC Centre for Palliative Care, this award recognizes her contribution to the CSPCP Board, including a term as CSPCP President. As well she helped to develop and lead the Fraser Health Authority End of Life Care Program (EOLC) between 2001 – 2014, an internationally-acclaimed regional palliative care program. 

“I am honored to be recognized in this way and look forward to ongoing partnerships to promote integration of palliative care and compassionate communities in Canada” said Dr. Barwich. 

The award, jointly sponsored by the Division of Palliative Care Medicine at the University of Alberta and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, celebrates the legacy of Dr. Bruera, an internationally recognized palliative care physician and researcher, during his tenure as director of their palliative care program.   

The Centre is also proud to acknowledge Dr Leah Norgrove, winner of the CSPCP Humanitarian Award. This award is given to a CSPCP member who significantly improves the lives of under-served populations nationally or internationally. Dr Norgrove has been involved in leading the Journey Home initiative, which included a specialized LEAP for First Nations (Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care), partially funded by the BC Centre for Palliative Care. 

The winners were recognized during an awards evening in conjunction with the Annual Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in Toronto on Friday, June 1, 2018.  

More detailed profiles are available at www.cspcp.ca/about/awards.
 

 

Who needs to know?

By Ariela Friedmann, Communications Manager, BC Centre for Palliative Care

Have you ever wondered who you should talk to about your wishes for your future health care – really asking yourself, who needs to know?

Answering these questions is known as Advance Care Planning (ACP) – a process that supports you and your family to prepare to make decisions about your future health care. It involves understanding and sharing your values, beliefs and wishes regarding health and personal care.

This information is used during conversations with health-care providers about the treatments and care you receive, to help you get the care that’s right for you.

Take Russ Cook’s story. (more…)

Nobel Prize Nominee in Vancouver and Victoria April 9-10

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal

Tickets are selling fast as the BC Centre for Palliative Care and Victoria Hospice are honoured to be co-presenting the BC premiere of the feature-length documentary film, Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World, based on the extraordinary life and work of Dr M.R. Rajagopal.
(more…)

The gift that provided clarity during chaos

April 16 is national Advance Care Planning Day

The gift that provided clarity during chaos

Russ and Karen Cook

Russ. He’s 58. Strong. Fit. Healthy. An avid skier and road cyclist.

And then, just like every other Wednesday, Russ is at the Calgary airport waiting for his return flight to Vancouver.

And out of the blue – boom. He collapses. (more…)

Older News

BC Centre for Palliative Care joins the Change Day BC campaign

The Change Day movement to improve health and social care started in England. It has since grown to countries like Australia, Jordan and Sweden. Now it’s coming back to British Columbia and BC Centre for Palliative Care on November 17, 2017. Read more.

BC Centre for Palliative Care funds projects to improve the lives of British Columbians touched by serious illness, frailty and loss

The BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) is strengthening care for those with serious illness by supporting B.C.-based non-profit organizations that are working to improve the everyday experiences of people touched by serious illness, frailty or loss. Read more.

Palliative care not yet a routine part of full cancer experience: new report

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has released a report on the state of palliative and end-of-life care for patients with cancer in Canada. The report finds that patients who could benefit from palliative care are not being identified, assessed and referred early enough in their cancer experience so that appropriate care can be part of treatment as soon as possible. Read more.

Two Coast cultures share insights on death and dying

Young and old, First Nations, Métis and Caucasian – 175 people from two significant Sunshine Coast cultures came together on June 22 for the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society’s forum on Cultural Connections. Read more.

Centre receives funding to improve access to quality palliative and end-of-life care

The Ministry of Health announced more than $7.125 million in funding to the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) to improve access to quality end-of-life care. The funding is part of the Ministry of Health’s commitment to double hospice spaces by 2020 and to support best practices in the palliative approach to care. Read more.

 

More hospice palliative care support for Salmon Arm

The BC Centre for Palliative care, on behalf of the provincial government, has provided $50,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Salmon Arm. Read more.

More hospice palliative care support for Cranbrook and Kimberley

The BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC), on behalf of the provincial government, has provided $40,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Cranbrook and Kimberley. Read more.

More hospice palliative care support for White Rock/South Surrey

The BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC), on behalf of the provincial government, has provided $240,000 for improved hospice palliative care services in White Rock/South Surrey. Read more.

More hospice palliative care support for Kelowna

The BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC), on behalf of the provincial government, provided $90,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Kelowna. Read more.

More hospice palliative care support for Boundary region

The BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC), on behalf of the provincial government, has provided $129,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Grand Forks and Osoyoos/Oliver. Read more.

More hospice palliative care support for Vancouver Island

The BC Centre for Palliative Care, on behalf of the provincial government, has provided more than $630,000 for improved access to palliative care on Vancouver Island, including $60,000 for the Oceanside region. Read more.

More hospice palliative care support for Kamloops

The BC Centre for Palliative Care, on behalf of the provincial government, has provided $123,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Kamloops. Read more.

More hospice palliative care support for Langley

The provincial government, through the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC), has provided $900,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Langley. Read more.

More hospice palliative care support for the Comox Valley

The provincial government, through the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) has provided $125,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in the Comox Valley. Read more.

More hospice palliative care support for Vancouver

The provincial government, through the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) has provided $14,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Vancouver. Read more.

Hospice palliative care support for Squamish, Powell River and Sunshine Coast

The provincial government, through the BC Centre for Palliative Care, has provided more than $1 million for improved access to hospice palliative care in Squamish, Powell River and the Sunshine Coast, including the first-ever hospice beds in the Sea to Sky region. Read more.

Seed Grant Cycle One Grant Recipients

The BC Centre for Palliative Care is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the Spring 2016 Seed Grants. The BC CPC is excited to partner with the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association and each hospice society as their amazing projects unfold. We look forward to other hospice societies joining this collaborative partnership through the second funding cycle which will be announced in September 2016.

Palliative Care Physicians Speak Out

“While Bill C-14 is in the process of becoming law, palliative-care units in Ontario are closing due to funding cuts, and there is no law on the table about the right to palliative care. Tragically, many people die at home, with no access to palliative-care supports such as home-care nursing or visits from a family doctor or, when needed, a palliative-care team.” – David Henderson and Susan MacDonald
This article in the May 26th issue of the Globe and Mail puts forward the idea that Canada’s health-care system favours the cradle and ignores the grave.

Virtual Hospice along with its pan-Canadian partners are pleased to launch MyGrief.ca

MyGrief.ca is an online support for people working through grief and loss or supporting someone who is grieving. It is also an educative tool for those working in healthcare.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Policy Alert: Medical Assistance in Dying – Bill C-14

Bill C-14, called An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (or Medical Assistance in Dying) was tabled on Thursday April 14, 2016 in response to the Supreme Court of Canada Carter vs Canada decision of February 6, 2015. High level details posted here.