A Message for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day – Because I Matter!

October 12, 2018

The theme for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is “Palliative Care – Because I Matter!”. It aims to share our collective vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world, by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues. To raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families. To help support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.

In support of the organizing team at the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance we lend our voice to echo the sentiments that palliative care needs to be integrated into workforce training and that continuing professional development opportunities be made available.

To that end the de Souza Institute offers exceptional education opportunities for front line healthcare workers. Our Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care-Oncology (EPEC-O) onsite One-Day Workshop takes place in Toronto on November 9, 2018.

Additionally, the online course on Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (iEPECO) focuses on a person centred palliative care approach that addresses both physical and psychological challenges that patients and families encounter.

On this day we ask that you do your part to help raise awareness of palliative care. You can tweet or post on social media with the hash tags #‪becauseimatter or #WHPCDay18‬, you can have a conversation with a loved one or colleague, you can call on governments to listen to people who need or access palliative care or you can enroll in one of our palliative care courses. No gesture is too small or too big. It is up to all of us to ensure that dialogue continues and that we don’t leave those suffering behind.

New Workshop Available – Restoring Body Image after Cancer: (ReBIC) A Group Intervention to Address Cancer – Related Body Image Concerns

August 28, 2018 |

New Workshop Available – Restoring Body Image after Cancer: (ReBIC) A Group Intervention to Address Cancer – Related Body Image Concerns

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Cancer and its treatments have significant and persistent impacts on body image and related issues, often reducing quality of life.

This one day workshop will introduce a well-developed psychosocial group intervention – Restoring body Image after Breast Cancer (ReBIC) – which incorporates guided imagery exercises and psychotherapeutic techniques to help cancer patients confront and work through the issues with their body image related distress.

ReBIC was recently tested in a randomized controlled trial in breast cancer survivors, demonstrating improvements in body image and quality of life.

Relevant for: Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Researchers and other Allied Health Providers

Register before October 12

de Souza Institute provides oncology continuing education to nurses in Malawi

June 20, 2018 |

de Souza Institute offers over 30 online courses covering core competencies in oncology and/or palliative care.  These de Souza courses are standardized and updated annually to reflect the latest clinical practice guidelines. The breadth and range of topics covered by our courses allow health care organizations nationally and internationally to leverage de Souza education and select courses that are most relevant to their organization’s priorities.

This year, seven registered nurses from the East African country of Malawi participated in the Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course. This course requires 35 hours of active learning including 16 online modules and a half-day in-person workshop for knowledge consolidation. de Souza educator, Ms. Komal Patel led the workshop for Malawi nurses to help them consolidate their learning in administrating and safe-handling of chemotherapy and biotherapy treatments. Moving forward, Ms. Patel will support Malawi nurses with advanced knowledge in chemotherapy and biotherapy to become regional facilitators who will lead local workshops and mentor clinicians in day-to-day practice.

“We have learned a great deal from delivering continuing education to busy clinicians across Canada and will leverage our experiences to bring standardized workforce training in oncology to health care professionals in developing countries. Given the limited resources, online training combined with a local workshop can be a cost effective way to deliver continuing education to clinicians and support high-quality cancer care in many parts of the world” said Komal.

Malawi is the first African country to collaborate with de Souza Institute in continuing medical education. The nurses came from three hospitals: Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre Adventist Hospital and Mwaiwathu Hospital, where residents of Malawi receive cancer care. We anticipate more clinicians from Malawi in de Souza online learning in the coming years and the Institute will continue to support them through high-quality standardized education.

New Sexual Health Program to Benefit Female Cancer Survivors

June 12, 2018 | ,

Online support group provides resources for sexual functioning and quality of life Toronto, ON –  de Souza Institute, a national education and research centre specializing in oncology has been selected to receive a $75,000 grant from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) Community Investment Program. Through the Cancer Chat Canada platform de Souza Institute will … Read more

Upcoming Developments: Pricing Policy

May 15, 2018 |

Thank you for your continued support and participation in de Souza Institute educational activities. Now in our 10th year, the Institute has offered a comprehensive roster of more than 30 evidence-based, clinically relevant continuing education courses to more than 10,000 front line health care professionals. We are committed to support your efforts, through professional development, … Read more

CANO/ACIO 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award

May 15, 2018 |

CANO/ACIO is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award! Do you know an outstanding nurse that deserves to be nationally recognized? Someone who: Has consistently demonstrated the highest level of nursing excellence and leadership in oncology nursing Has made a significant contribution to advancing … Read more