The annual provincial palliative care conference will be held May 24-25, 2018 at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville, NS.

The event titled: A Palliative Approach: Clinical Pearls, is cohosted by the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Western Zone Palliative Care Programs.

The event will feature Dr. Sandy Buchman, the incoming president of the Canaidna Medical Association. Dr. Buchman’s sessions will focus on the management of complex cases and integrating a palliative approach across settings of care. Dr. Buchman has spent much of his career as a family physician, and with a focus on providing home-based palliative care.

During the event, Dr. Buchman will also be awarded the 2018 Gillian MacMichael Lectureship in Palliative Care. The lectureship is the result of a partnership between the family of Gillian MacMichael, the Gillian MacMichael Endowment Fund of the QEII Health Sciences Centre (QEII HSC) Foundation and the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association (NSHPCA). The partnership supports a visiting speaker annually to enhance the educational content of the annual NSHPCA conference. The lectureship is funded through a generous endowment established by Stephen and Arlene Waymire in memory of their late niece, Gillian MacMichael. During her battle with cancer, Gillian was cared for at home and at the QEII Health Sciences Centre by the Capital Health Integrated Palliative Care Service, in collaboration with other healthcare providers. The purpose of this lectureship is to ensure healthcare professionals have an ongoing opportunity to learn about palliative care from respected people in the field.

The conference program will also feature local experts who will present on medication management, existential suffering and developing goals of care for patients facing life limiting illnesses. “ The committee worked to design a program which would allow physicians and other health professionals to support their patients as they move through various settings of care,” says Colleen Cash, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association.

To see more information on the upcoming conference please visit:

https://nshpcaconference2018.eventbrite.com

 

Please follow the link below for an update on Medical Assistance in Dying Legislation:

http://www.chpca.net/projects-and-advocacy/chpca-policy-alerts/maid-policy-alert-update-june-22,-2016.aspx

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Our Mission is to achieve comfort and peace for persons living and dying with a life threatening illness throughout Nova Scotia. The Association exists to promote the philosophy and principles of palliative care through networking, public and professional education, advocacy and research.

 

While the NSHPCA welcomes applications from all those with a passion for hospice palliative care, we are also looking for members with expertise in the following areas:

o   Fundraising /Event Planning

o   Public Relations/Communications

o   Accounting

Bilingual an asset

 

Consider becoming a member of the NSHPCA Board of Directors

NSHPCA has been in existence for thirty (30) years and, despite no core funding, with the dedication and commitment of a corps of volunteers, has had many accomplishments including:

 

o   Successfully advocating for the development of the province’s first Provincial Integrated Palliative Care Strategy and the allocation of $1,000,000 to increase access to quality end of life care services.

 

o   Creating the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition Nova Scotia (QELCCNS), made up of twenty-two (22) health and community organizations who have joined together to create a collaborative voice on end of life care. NSHPCA is the Secretariat, Chair and a Founding member of the group.

 

o   Hiring the organization’s first Executive Director with initial funding support of the Pope Foundation.

 

o   Developing and delivering an Advance Care Planning Initiative for health professionals and the general public to support people to have conversations about their wishes at end of life.

 

o   Providing an annual multi-media campaign to increase awareness about hospice palliative care services.

 

o   Hosting annual provincial conferences for the past 30 years that are highly recognized for the provision of evidence-based inter-professional content.

 

Becoming a Board Member provides you an opportunity to:

 

o   Develop a deeper understanding of hospice palliative care – providing comfort and support at end of life.

 

o   Help ensure all Nova Scotians have access to quality end of life care services to enable them to die with dignity, in comfort, in a setting of their choice, surrounded by those important to them.

 

o   Demonstrate your willingness to give back to your community.

 

o   Enhance your personal and professional growth.

 

o   Share your skill sets and talents and enhance the work of a not-for-profit organization.

 

o   Develop skills that you may not have the opportunity to develop at your job.

 

o   Build your professional network.

 

o   Strengthen your resume.

 

NSHPCA encourages you to consider letting your name stand for nomination for the 2016-2018 Term and hopes you will join our dedicated team and help us make a difference for all Nova Scotians.

A more detailed information package about the Association, its strategic direction and Board of Director information is attached. A member of the recruitment team would be pleased to meet with you personally if you have questions or require further information.

 

To indicate your interest in being nominated for one of the above positions or to request a personal meeting please contact Dawn Ross @ dawnmartell@ns.sympatico.ca   by May 13, 2016.  Clinicians may consider applying to be a member of our Clinical Advisory Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE: Centreville Baptist Church

WHEN: 9am-3:30pm October 16, 2015

SESSIONS: Death Midwifery, Wills, Advanced Directives.

 

Please see link to register and for more information.

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Bring your acp -- bookmark_final_weblunch and join us for a free public talk about the importance of advance care planning- a process of communicating your wishes for care and naming someone who can speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself.

Learn how advance care planning impacts your health care and discover tools and resources for making a plan and sharing it with others.

May 4, 2015

12 noon- Program Room 301- Halifax Central Library

Spring Garden Road, Halifax

Have you seen the video airing on TV’s throughout NS regarding advance care planning? Make sure your voice is heard. ‪#‎ACPDay2015‬. (With gratitude for the funding support from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the expertise of the national Speak Up campaign)

The QEII Foundation is currently accepting applications for funding from the Gillian MacMichael Endowment Fund to support palliative care education. Bursaries are open to healthcare professionals in Nova Scotia continuing their education in palliative care. Interested applicants must apply by the deadline of Friday, March 20, 2015.
Please visit our website, for guidelines and the application.

Please send your application to:

Gillian MacMichael Endowment Fund Committee
c/o Melissa Young, QEII Foundation,
Centennial Building, Room 1-040
1276 South Park Street,
Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9

For more information, please contact Melissa Young, QEII Foundation, at 902 473 3807 or melissa.young@qe2foundation.ca.
https://qe2foundation.ca/qeii/grants#MacMichael

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Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County
Presents:

The Grief Journey : A One Day, Interactive Workshop for Health Care Professionals, Pastoral Care Workers, Social Workers, Volunteers, Caregivers and Family Members struggling with loss and bereavement.

Friday, May 30, 2014 Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront,
300 Esplanade, Sydney NS

For additional information, call: (902) 567-8584 or email: hospicesociety@cbdha.nshealth.ca
www.hospicecapebreton.org

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Join us for a free public talk that will feature discussions about the importance of advance care planning — a process of communicating your wishes for care and naming a substitute decision maker who can speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself.

Advance Care Planning: It’s How We Care for Each Other

A free public lecture as part of the 2014 Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference

 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Comfort Hotel Bayer’s Lake

88 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax, N.S.

Poster-Free Public Talk Advance Care Planning NSHPCA May 8 2014

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