In Canada, our national Hospice Palliative Care week is in early May. To participate in World Hospice & Palliative Care Day, the Canadian Pallium Project conducted a virtual event, namely the launch of an audio and video podcast on Apple iTunes with a companion launch at our YouTube channel which is youtube.com/palliumcanada.
While we have had a Hospice Palliative Care Insights podcast at Apple iTunes since early 2007, the new Conversations on Caring podcast makes the most enduring sharing of insights and wisdom by Canadian palliative care specialists and scholars broadly accessible to those working in the community.
Conversations on Caring Classics sessions are practical, interactive sessions conducted by recognized Canadian authorities from medicine, nursing, psychosocial, and other disciplines about enduring themes of serving the seriously-ill and dying in community-based settings. Topics include supporting families during advanced-illness and dying; engaging in dialogue with families; mitigating burnout and compassion fatigue in work with the dying; using hope as a resource; collaborating effectively with community-based physicians; supporting the bereaved during the holiday season, and others. While some of the content will be 'culturally- bound' to the Canadian or North American experience, it may give you ideas for things that you might do in your country at the national, regional or local-levels.
Why did we do this? And, why now? As more Canadians expect to live and die well in community settings including their own homes, there is a growing emphasis on leveraging the insights and wisdom of Canada’s most experienced palliative and end-of-life care expert practitioners and scholars. World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was chosen for the release of Conversations on Caring Classics as it is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world, especially at the community-level.
We have discovered ways of using low-cost or no-cost social media solutions to create fully-functional Apple iTunes audio and video podcasts. We would be pleased to share these insights with other hospice and palliative care colleagues at no-cost if there is interest (i.e., possibly a step-by-step guide, Skype, webinar). In the meantime we also encourage you to check out our partner, the Canadian Virtual Hospice at virtualhospice.ca or have a closer look at other local capacity initiatives in which we have been involved, especially for rural and remote parts of Canada, by checking out our web at www.pallium.ca