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

IPOS is now accepting new members and renewals for 2017

IPOS is now accepting new members and renewals for 2017.

IPOS Membership is based on a calendar year — membership is only valid from the time of application through 31 December of the same year. Renewal invoices are distributed at the end of each calendar year for the next year’s dues.

For information on membership categories and pricing, please go to http://www.ipos-society.org/for-members/membership-classifications/

To apply for IPOS Membership:

    1. Review IPOS Member Benefits.
    2. Determine which Membership Classification suits your professional experience and location.
    3. Click here to join or renew your 2017 IPOS membership online.
    4. Click here and complete the 2017 Membership Application to apply via fax or mail.

Not sure if you have joined or renewed for 2017 yet? Please email the IPOS office and we will confirm.




Guest Editor: IPOS Board member Csaba Dégi PhD, MSW


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Update from the Psycho-Oncology Journal Editors: Plans for 2017




2017 is an exciting year for the Psycho-oncology journal. It is the 25th anniversary for the journal which has come of age. As Editors, we want to express our gratitude to the many authors, reviewers and readers who have made it happen. Your continued support for Wiley and us has been unwavering and an important component in our success. To mark this occasion we want to give an update and tell you about some innovations.


Beginning in 2017, invited Commentaries will be published to highlight new issues in oncology which have psychosocial and behavioral ramifications. Invited authors for each Commentary will include internationally known oncologists and psycho-oncologists. The first of the Series will be New Challenges in Precision Medicine in which communication is a major concern and delay in end of life discussions. Other New Challenges topics being considered are Challenges in Psycho-neuro-immunology Research in Cancer; in Survivorship; in Depression and Cancer Research. By introducing this series the aim is to make important links across the disciplines which emphasize the multi-disciplinary care concepts.


In 2016 we introduced a radical change to the editorial board structure. In order to engage junior and middle level investigators in the journal, earlier in their career, we established this Affiliate Board to bring in ideas from junior faculty. Affiliate Board Members and their countries of origin are:

Cris Decat Bergerot (Brazil), Pernille Envold Bidstrup (Denmark), Csaba Dégi (Romania), Jayita Deodhar (India), Wendy Lam (Hong Kong, China), Sokhna Ndiaye (Senegal), Ying Pang (China), Errol Philip (USA), Natalia Rivkina (Russia), Sigrun Vehling (Germany), Claire Wakefield (Australia), Katriina Whitaker (UK).


The senior Board has been reviewed and efforts made to diversify the international representation further with additional psycho-oncology professionals from Lower and Middle Income countries. More manuscripts are coming from these countries and we try to nurture scholarship there by encouraging and supporting young investigators. The growing strength of psycho-oncology in Asia is impressive and the number of board members from this area has been increased. For full details please see journal website [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-1611/homepage/EditorialBoard.html].


Wiley has partnered with Publons to give you official recognition for your contribution to peer review. Publons helps you to record, verify, and showcase your peer review contributions for use in promotion and funding applications. When you review for Psycho-Oncology, you can opt in to get credit on Publons. For further information on Wiley’s partnership with Publons, please visit https://publons.com/in/Wiley/


We welcome suggestions of topics for a Special Issue—an emerging topic that should be covered in more detail. A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER to both Boards is under consideration as a possible vehicle for greater and more rapid sharing of ideas and implementation of them.

The Editors welcome your thoughts about 2017 and gratefully thank you for your participation and support for the journal.

For further information and comments please contact the Editors by email.

[email protected]

[email protected]