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Standing Committee & Special Interest Group (SIG) Chairs

(last updated on February 23, 2017)

Awards Committee
Richard Fielding (Chair 2014 – 2017) – Hong Kong

The Awards Committee facilitates the recognition of significant contributions in the field and manages the selection process for award winners.

Communications/Publications Committee
Gil Goldzweig (Co-Chair 2016 – 2018) – Israel
Katriina Whitaker (Co-Chair 2016 – 2018) – United Kingdom

This Committee develops publishing opportunities, manages the written and web-based publications of the Society, and addresses all matters related to the IPOS Press.

Council of Past Presidents Committee
David Kissane (Chair 2015 – 2017) – Australia

The Council of Past Presidents serves as a valued resource to advance the development of the discipline through both IPOS and the IPOS Federation.

Early Career Professionals in Psycho-Oncology (ECPP) Committee
Kirsten Douma (Chair 2015 –2017) – Netherlands

This special interest group brings together and represent the interests of IPOS members who are early in their career and wants to provide a platform through which they can find and support each other.

Education Committee
Elisabeth Andritsch (Co-Chair 2016-2018) – Austria
Marie Die-Trill (Co-Chair 2015-2017) – Spain

The Education Committee facilitates the educational goals of the society through World Congress offerings, Annual and Special Academies, web-based training and any other educational opportunities as may arise.

Federation Committee
Luigi Grassi (Co-Chair) – Italy
Luzia Travado (Co-Chair) – Portugal
Barry Bultz (Co-Chair) – Canada

The Federation includes the President of each national or regional organization that has joined the IPOS Federation. The Federation meets at each World Congress to share information and programs that have been successful in the prior year.

Finance Committee
Executive Committee Function

The Finance Committee includes three officers of the Society, the Executive Director and one additional representative from the membership. The Committee prepares the budget and considers the financial impact of all decisions made by IPOS

Fundraising and Marketing Committee
Melissa Henry (Chair 2016 – 2018) – Canada

Fundraising and marketing the IPOS brand are critical to the financial success of IPOS. Volunteers are welcome to join this Committee to support IPOS efforts at soliciting adequate funds to support the mission, vision and strategic plan of the society.

Governance Committee
Brian Kelly (Co-Chair 2015 –2017) – Australia
Barry Bultz (Co-Chair 2015 –2017) – Canada

The members of the Governance Committee assist the Board and all Committees, SIGs and Task Forces to carry out their responsibilities by following appropriate governance models that are suitable to the IPOS NGO status.

Guidelines Committee
Jane Turner (Chair 2015-2017) – Australia

The Guidelines Committee promotes the use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to improve quality of psychosocial care internationally in accordance with the IPOS standard of care.

Health Promotion & Prevention Committee
Zeev Rosberger (Chair 2016 – 2018) – Canada

The mandate of the Cancer Prevention Committee (CPC) role is to promote and develop primary, secondary and tertiary preventive initiatives in cancer and cancer care, advocating the importance and appropriateness of developing and implementing prevention as opposed to remediation strategies wherever and whenever possible regarding cancer as part of the skills set of psych-oncology and facilitating prevention approaches in practice, research and collaboration.

Liaison Committee
Wendy Lam (Chair 2015 –2017) – Hong Kong

The mandate of the Liaison Committee (LC) role is to promote and develop collaborative linkages and exchanges with other professional, trans-national, NGO, and community-based organizations to promote appropriate, evidence-based psychosocial strategies that improve cancer care and facilitate prevention approaches in practice, research and collaboration.

Membership Committee
Daisuke Fujisawa (Chair 2015 –2017) – Japan

The Membership Committee fosters the growth, development and retention of engaged professionals from all psycho-oncology-related disciplines;

Nominating Committee
Barry Bultz (Chair 2014 – 2017) – Canada

This Committee is chaired by the immediate Past President and includes members of the society. The Committee develops a slate of candidates (appropriately representing our geographic, professional and gender diversity) to serve as elected officers and directors of the society, and also oversees the annual election process.

Research Committee
Nick Hulbert-Williams (Chair 2015 –2017) – United Kingdom

This Committee facilitates research activities of international scope and significance, addressing cross-cultural differences, with an emphasis on the challenges of developing countries. The Committee is developing and maintaining a clearinghouse of resources to support psycho-oncology researchers.

Website Committee
Mary Jane Esplen (Chair 2015 –2017) – Canada

The Committee has established procedures for maintaining accurate and current content on the website that will serve the professionals of the cancer care community. The Committee also oversees the process of website content updates.

World Congress Committee
Barry Bultz (Chair 2016-2017) – Canada

The members of this Committee are prior and the current World Congress Chairs. The mandate of this Committee is to identify and propose potential World Congress locations and to manage the process of site and co-sponsor selection.

WHO – World Health Organization Committee
Barry Bultz (Co-Chair 2015 – 2017) – Canada
Jane Turner (Co-Chair 2016 – 2018) – Australia

This Committee is responsible for managing our relationship with the World Health Organization and to collaborate in WHO programmes to further health-for-all goals.

Special Interest Groups (SIG) Chairs

IPOS also has Special Interest Groups in the following specialty areas. Membership in a SIG is open to anyone with an interest in the subject area – members are welcome to join one or more, or to propose any other area that the member feels would benefit the professional members of IPOS

Cancer and Aging: Reflection for Elders (CARE)
Afaf Girgis (Co-Chair 2017 – 2019) – Australia
Sylvie Lambert (Co-Chair 2017 – 2019) – Canada

In response to the rapid growth of the aging population diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, the mandate of the Cancer and Aging: Reflection for Elders (CARE) SIG is to promote global collaborations among researchers, clinicians, and decision makers to improve outcomes for these groups.

Early Career Professional
Kirsten Douma (Chair 2015 – 2017) – Netherlands
Michelle Peate (Duputy Chair 2015 – 2017) – Australia

Tania Estape (Chair 2015 – 2017) – Spain

This special interest groups is focused on exploring and advancing E-health activities that relate to psychosocial oncology.

Fear of Cancer Recurrence Special Interest Group (FORwards)
Belinda Thewes (Co-Chair 2016 – 2017) – Netherlands

This special interest group provides an interactive professional network for IPOS members with a special interest in Fear of Cancer Recurrence.

Low and Medium Income Countries (LMIC)
Chioma Asuzu (Chair 2015 –2017) – Nigeria

To identify problem areas of LMIC in psycho-oncology compared with the western world where psycho-oncology has become relatively well developed. To articulate broad strategies for overcoming these problems in these countries. To encourage the development of psych-oncology training and services in these countries as well as regional and national associations for the promotion of the practices in these countries. To develop other South-South and North-South linkages and affiliations and programmes for the furtherance of psycho-oncology in these regions and countries of the world. To encourage the participation of these young psycho-oncology practitioners from these LMIC countries in the activities of the IPOS.

Claire Wakefield (Chair 2016 – 2018) – Australia

This special interest group brings together and represent the interests of IPOS members who work with children and adolescents with cancer and their family members.

IPOS Psychosocial Onco-Policy Task Force
Paul Jacobsen (Chair 2016 – 2018) – United States

NGO Affiliation Task Forces

European CanCer Organization: L. Travado
European Partnership for Action Against Cancer: Luzia Travado
Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer: Paul Jacobsen
Union for International Cancer Control: J. Dunn
Human Rights
Andrea Patenaude (Chair 2016 – 2018) – United States
Gil Goldzweig (Deputy Chair 2016 – 2018) – Israel

Any member who supports the recognition of psychosocial cancer care as a human right, is invited to join other like-minded professionals to further this important mission.