PRESIDENT´S CORNER

Dear IPOS members and friends

It is an honour for me to represent all of you and to collaborate with our current Board members to further the development of psychooncology in the world.

During this coming period we will continue building on the hard work previous Boards have performed. In addition, I would like to see new developments within our society. In an effort to make it more representative of different parts of the world we have created a Latin American and Spanish Special Interest Group that was launched in Berlin and already has nearly 60 very active and enthusiastic members most of whom are new members to IPOS. Welcome to you all!

Since our meeting in Berlin we have continued our contact with WHO and are exploring new ways to collaborate with them in additional programs. We are very lucky that Andreas Ullrich has agreed to become a Board Advisor. I am sure it will be very enriching for IPOS to have him with us.

I would like to place more emphasis on communication between members of IPOS and between IPOS members and the Board. Some exciting options came up at our Board meeting and you will soon be informed of them. I also believe we should spread the word “out there” of what psychooncology is and what we do. By “out there” I mean the general public, the politicians, the patients. They all need to know that we exist and that we can be of great help.

Including other groups to be represented in IPOS would be wonderful and I think we should aim at that. Patient groups need to have their space with us. And we need to expand collaboration with palliative care professionals, nurses and social workers.

We need to update and extend our Multilingual Core Curriculum and develop different levels of training criteria for all those involved in cancer care. Our Education Committee will be working on these issues. And we need to focus on prevention: how can we teach preventive behaviors to people around the world? Psychology as you know, plays a major role in this! And here too, we have our Prevention Committee that you may join.

Many projects and many ideas, but none of these can be ¡carried out without your help. We are a large group of excellent professionals who have the same interest: optimize the psychological care of cancer patients and their families. We want you to participate more actively in the Society and we count on your expertise. Please join any of our Special Interest Groups or committees or contact me directly to give us your suggestions and valuable collaboration. Together we can reach the sky! Let´s go for it and thank you all!

Maria Die-Trill President IPOS

Additional Call for Board Nominations for 2017 – 2019 Term

Seeking one individual Director from the targeted regions of either Latin America or Asia

On April 1, 2017 a call for nominations for six (6) positions was released. The call for nominations closed on May 19, 2017. We are pleased to report that we have a full slate of nominees for all positions.

  • Vice President – for the position of Vice President one nomination was received for Dr. Jane Turner (Australia).
  • Secretary – for the position of Secretary one nomination was received for Dr. Tom Hack (Canada).
  • Director (targeted regions of India, Russia and Africa) – for this Director position one nomination was received for Dr. Chioma Asuzu  (Nigeria).
  • Director (targeted region of United States of America) – for this Director position one nomination was received for Dr. Christian Nelson.
  • Director (targeted region of Canada) – for this Director position, two nominations were received for Dr. Mary Jane Esplen and Dr. Melissa Henry. An election will be coordinated shortly.
  • Early Career Director – one nomination was received for this position for Ozan Bahcivan (Turkey).

In seeking the nomination for Vice President, Dr. Jane Turner will be ending her current term as Director early, creating a vacancy for the 2017-2019 term. The Board of Directors is seeking nominations for a Director from the targeted regions of Latin America or Asia. The deadline to submit is June 15, 2017 with the official start of the term commencing on August 18, 2017. Individuals with a current “Active” membership type from Latin America or Asia are encouraged to submit nominations for the volunteer Board position.

Important Nomination and Election Timelines:

  • Release of call for nominations: June 1, 2017
  • Nomination Deadline – June 15, 2017
  • Ballots to be issued to all voting members – June 20, 2017
  • Voting Closes – July 15, 2017
  • Notification will be included in the 2017 IPOS AGM package emailed to all members by July 31, 2017.
  • Official term commences August 18, 2017.

How to submit a nomination:

Each Nomination must include the following, TOGETHER in one email, to [email protected]ipos-society.org by June 15, 2017.

  1. Completed and signed nomination ACCEPTANCE form.
  2. Completed NOMINATOR form from a fellow IPOS member that holds an “Active” type of membership. Note, individuals that hold the following membership types are not eligible to nominate or vote: Associate, Members-in-Training, Honorary or Life. The nominator form must come from an IPOS member eligible to vote.
  3. Your Election Candidate Summary (to be used in the election packaged shared with voting members). This summary is to be in a Word file and include the following:
    • Name and suffix, current employment position, employer name, city, prov/state, country
    • Point form highlights of your experience with IPOS
    • Current picture
    • Current biography – brief 100 to 200 words maximum.
    • Candidate Statement – outline about why you want to serve on the IPOS board and your election platform (what you would bring to IPOS if elected). 100 to 300 words maximum.

Individual Director Position Description:

This position is for a two-year term on the Board of Directors. Directors shall reflect an international and multidisciplinary composition and function as the governing body of the Society. The primary responsibility of the Directors shall be to establish the policies of the Society. The Directors shall also monitor the activities of the Society to ensure compliance with, and progress toward the achievement of, those policies.  The IPOS Constitution allows the Board to work towards ensuring appropriate geographical representation.

Meetings/Operations/Expectations:

  1. The primary language IPOS operates in is English.
  2. The Board of Directors meet at a minimum every six months with all Directors expected to participate. Meeting are held via Google hangouts, with at least one meeting being in person. IPOS does not reimburse costs for attending or participating in meetings.
  3. The Executive Committee meets as the need arises via Google hangouts.
  4. Both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee are expected to closely monitor the activities of the Society and provide support as needed.
  5. Elected individuals will strongly be encouraged to attend in person a Board meeting in conjunction with the 2017 World Congress in Berlin.
  6. All Board of Directors and Executive Committee members are expected to volunteer on a minimum of one IPOS committee (http://ipos-society.org/sigscommittees/)
  7. Familiarity with the Society’s Constitution and Organization Structure is required: http://ipos-society.org/about-ipos/constitution-organization/
  8. The IPOS Board is considered a “working” Board, which requires directors to take on responsibilities beyond board meetings. This may include, but not limited to, supporting committee initiatives, working on agreed upon special projects, special initiatives and outreach to other organizations to further the IPOS mandate.

Questions/Comments? Please direct them to [email protected]ipos-society.org

Concept Development Workshop for Early Career Professionals

Do you have great ideas, but not worked out a research plan yet? Do you have a research plan but it needs some fine-tuning? Are you interested in networking and collaborating with other early career researchers in your research? Do you want expert advice? Then this is your chance!

The IPOS Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professionals (ECPP) committee and the Research committee are together organizing a pre-conference Concept Development workshop on the 15th of August right before the 2017 World Congress in Berlin. The goal of the Concept Development workshop is to foster Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the development of studies of clinical relevance and importance in psycho-oncology through a mentoring and facilitated collaboration process. The aim is to provide a supportive environment for intensive development on study design and methods, and to then get some advice and input from experts in the field through a “Dragon’s Den” at the end of the workshop.

Any ECR who has finished (or will soon finish) their PhD (or equivalent) is eligible for the workshop. Whilst it would be great if you’ve already got some research concepts or ideas to bring along, this isn’t necessary to apply. All we ask that anyone applying to be part of the workshop comes prepared to actively participate in the day. We hope that this workshop will be a great networking opportunity for you to develop collaborative research partnerships with other early career researchers. The workshop will also provide a unique opportunity to tap into the expertise of senior psycho-oncology researchers.

Please keep an eye on the newsletter and website to learn more about how you can apply for this workshop. Please note that it is required that you register for the conference in Berlin to be able to participate in this workshop. However, the concept development workshop itself will be free of charge. If you already would like to express your interest in participating in this event please contact Kirsten Douma ([email protected]) or Michelle Peate ([email protected]).

IPOS Call for Board Nominations for 2017 – 2019 Term

The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is now accepting nominations to be on the Board of Directors. The deadline to submit is May 19, 2017 with the official start of the term commencing on August 18, 2017.

Individuals with a current “Active” membership type from across the globe are encouraged to submit nominations for the volunteer Board positions noted below. The following positions are open for nomination by individuals who hold an ACTIVE membership type:

  1. One Vice President position
  2. One Secretary position
  3. Three individual Director positions:
    • One Director from the targeted regions of India, Russia and Africa.
    • One Director from the United States.
    • One Director from Canada.

New this year is a board position for an Early Career member. This new board position, which was approved by the membership earlier this year, is to ensure our early career members have representation. The following position is open for nomination by individuals who hold an “Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professionals (ECPP)” membership type:

  1. One Early Career Director

Position Descriptions:

We recommend downloading the 2017 IPOS Nomination Information Package for a description of each position open for nomination as well as a breakdown of expectations.

To Submit a Nomination:

  1. Please download and complete the 2017 Nomination Acceptance form.
  2. Include one completed Nominator form from a fellow current IPOS member with an active membership.
  3. In a single document (Word file please) your Election Candidate Summary (to be used in the election packaged shared with voting members). This summary should include the following:
    • Name and suffix, current employment position, employer name, city, prov/state, country
    • Point form highlights of your experience with IPOS
    • Current picture
    • Current Biography – brief 100 to 200 words maximum.
    • Candidate Statement – outline of why you want to serve on the IPOS board and your election platform. 100 to 300 words maximum.
  4. Completed nominations are to be sent to IPOS by email to [email protected] by May 19, 2017.

Important Nomination and Election Timelines:

  • Release of call for nominations: March 29, 2017
  • Nomination Deadline – May 19, 2017
  • Ballots to be issued to all voting members – May 24, 2017
  • Voting Closes – June 30, 2017
  • Notification will be included in the 2017 IPOS AGM package emailed to all members by July 31, 2017.
  • Official term commences August 18, 2017.

Remember to make sure you have a current membership with IPOS for 2017 before submitting. Details are further down below on how to join/renew.


Join/Renew your IPOS membership for 2017

Have you already joined or renewed with IPOS for 2017? Just click the “Register Now” below to become a member for 2017.

Credit card payments are accepted online. If you would like to pay by cheque or prefer not able to pay online, please contact IPOS to request a hard copy dues invoice (for renewing members) or download and complete a membership application (for new members).

For a complete breakdown of the benefits of membership with IPOS, please go to http://ipos-society.org/member-benefits/.

2017 Membership Pricing:

Active membership:

Associate membership:

Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professionals (ECPP) membership:

  • $25 US for all Early Career professionals from all countries
  • ECPP membership requirement: practicing but within three years of final training (years 2014 to 2017 of last year of training. Individuals where last year of training was 2013 or before need to become Active or Associate members)

Members-in-Training membership:

  • $25 US for all Members-in-Training from all countries

Minister Dick message for Cancer Council Queensland – Professor Jeff Dunn AO – March 2017

IPOS Secretary, Professor Jeff Dunn AO retirement recognition as CEO of Cancer Council Queensland from Cameron Dick, PM, Minister of Health and Ambulance Services, Australia. Watch the video by going to https://vimeo.com/207233272/0b63778a8b

Congratulations Dr. Dunn!

IPOS Accepting Applications for the Honorary Position of Co-Editor

The International Psycho-oncology Society Newsletter was launched in 2015 as a quarterly online website publication.

Applications are invited for the Honorary Position of Co-Editor.

One vacancy is currently available in the first instance for an appointment period of two years from April 2017 to March 2019. The applicants must be able to commit to approximately 12 hours per month.

Enthusiasm, interest in the IPOS community, IT and online skills are the major requirements for applicants. Prior editing experience will be valuable but is not a requirement.

Early career psycho-oncologists are encouraged to apply.

The positions provide an opportunity for the two Co-Editors to reach out and become familiar with the IPOS community and our Federated Societies from around the world.

The Co-Editor will work, in the first instance alongside Dr Simone Cheli (Co-Editor), Dr Maggie Watson (IPOS Communications and Publications Committee) and Dr Mary-Jane Esplen (IPOS Website Committee).

Applications should include:

  1. A brief biosketch
  2. A summary of your vision for the development of the Newsletter (no more than 400 words)
  3. Confirmation that you are an IPOS member

Please send items 1 to 3 to Dr. Maggie Watson by email.

Application closing date is 31 March 2017

Position Statement: Protecting Human Rights and Travel Freedom for Cancer Patients and their Families, Researchers and Providers of Cancer Care

Authored by the IPOS Human Rights Task Force

Released: March 7, 2017

The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is committed to the wellbeing and quality of life of cancer patients and survivors and their families worldwide. Therefore, IPOS advocates for humane physical and emotional care for refugees and immigrants worldwide without discrimination, as provided for in the Geneva Convention, especially those with cancer.

Given our organization’s focus on the well-being of cancer patients everywhere, we recognize the necessity for pediatric and adult cancer patients to travel freely to access medical, psychosocial and supportive care and for caregivers to travel freely to provide support for ill patients and other family members. When treatment is no longer effective, we recognize the right of every individual to palliative care and dying with dignity and the right of the loved ones to gather to honor and mourn their losses.

IPOS also supports international efforts to train health care providers in clear communication with patients and family members, support for shared decision-making and consideration of cancer patients’ states of distress and psychosocial needs. Freedom for researchers and care providers to acquire appropriate training, to work collaboratively in advancing care of cancer patients and to share ideas at international conferences is crucial to the rapid dissemination of research findings and progress in cancer care. Hence, IPOS strongly condemns the emergence of unjust and discriminatory policies which erect barriers that unnecessarily disrupt and disrespect the lives of many innocent people, among them, refugees from states with civil unrest, migrants needing cancer care, caregivers, and researchers and educators working to find cancer cures and to improve human health and well-being. These policies undermine the sense of community and collaboration which drives progress internationally. We encourage others to join us in sharing the responsibility of civil societies to protect those whose lives are made vulnerable by illness of any sort, by social unrest, poverty, or war.

Founded in 1984, the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) was created to foster international multidisciplinary communication about clinical, educational and research issues that relate to the subspecialty of psycho-oncology and two primary psychosocial dimensions of cancer:

  1. Response of patients, families and staff to cancer and its treatment at all stages
  2. Psychological, social and behavioral factors that influence tumor progression and survival.

Early Career Professionals Conference Scholarships available!

Due to a grant from the KARL-HEINZ FRENZEN-STIFTUNG we are able to waive early bird conference fees for 12 Early Career Professionals in Psycho-Oncology (ECPP) from low and middle income countries (LMI) who actively participate at the IPOS 2017 Berlin conference (abstract submission). For a list of LMI countries, please visit: http://chartsbin.com/view/2438.

Who is an Early Career Professionals in Psycho-Oncology (ECPP)? Researchers who are up to 3 years post final qualification or training.

The application process: To apply, please submit an application form by 15th March 2017. If you are eligible, your application will be forwarded to the ECPP SIG and the Education committee for review. Successful applicants will be notified by email by before the 15th April.

Scholarship application form: Please complete the form and submit to [email protected] BEFORE 15th March 2017!

Preference will be given to current IPOS members that hold anEarly Career Professional Membership” type of membership. Membership is $25 US per year. Details on membership can be found by going to http://ipos-society.org/apply/.

WHO announces a renewal of IPOS’ status as an official non-state actor fostering our commitment to global standards for quality care for cancer patients

The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is pleased to report that the World Health Organization (WHO) has renewed our status as an official non-state actor. To achieve such status, IPOS is continuing to be recognized as a significant global health resource in advocating, promoting and protecting public health.

To become an official WHO non-stator actor, IPOS had to meet set criteria and principles. These were:

  • Geographical representation and equitable distribution/promotion
  • Technical expertise
  • Transparency
  • Effective governance
  • Public announcements/outreach

Information about WHO and official non-state actors can be view by going to http://who.int/about/collaborations/non-state-actors/en/

For WHO, IPOS has been listed as:

International Psycho-Oncology Society. Collaboration on psychosocial oncology for supportive care for cancer patients including palliative care to support capacity-building in low- and middle-income countries and areas through educational programmes. The primary focus is to improve standards of palliative and supportive care and assist in the development of skilled health care services with the capacity to deliver improved standards and develop in-country systems and training processes in palliative and supportive care for cancer patients.

IPOS would like to thank our WHO committee for all their work ensuring our relationship is renewed with WHO.

NEW IPOS MEMBER BENEFIT – Introducing the Sosido Network for IPOS members

We’re pleased to announce that IPOS is participating in the online knowledge sharing network Sosido (www.sosido.com). IPOS joins a growing network of associations and research groups on Sosido.

IPOS members will receive:

  • A weekly email digest summarizing all activity in the IPOS community. You don’t have to log in to participate, and anything that’s important will come to your inbox, including:
  • Updates on all publications authored by IPOS members that week. Sosido automatically delivers a current and complete snapshot of the work of our IPOS community.
  • A summary of new articles released that week from journals chosen by you.
  • Access to a secure IPOS members-only forum to ask and answer questions.
  • Members can unsubscribe from emails or remove yourself from the network at any time.

Watch a 2-minute video introduction to Sosido.

Note – you must maintain a current IPOS membership to take advantage of this new IPOS member benefit. If you have not already, please activate your IPOS membership for 2017 by going to http://www.karelo.com/register.php?BID=618&BT=10&Ev=16772