News Updates

This section will provide updates on new research findings and other interesting news from the TRAC-PG team. Please stay tuned for new monthly updates.

December 11, 2008

“Children gain voice in their health care: From pain management to refusing treatment”

By Susan Pigg

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December 01, 2008

Winners of the Interprofessional Practice Award in Paediatric Hospice Palliative Care!

The Palliative & Bereavement Care Service at SickKids Hospital is proud to announce the first annual Interprofessional Practice Award in Paediatric Hospice Palliative Care (IPPC).
This award was meant to recognize a team that embodies the principles of family centred care and interprofessional practice within their daily care of children and their families.

The award was presented to the Outpatient Metabolics Team on November 18th during Interprofessional Practice Symposium.

This award is made possible thanks to the generous donations of the Sasha Bella fund for Family Centred Care.

Congratulations to the award recipients!

November 22, 2008

“A break for parents of children with special needs”

By Andrea Gordon

Exhausted caregivers say Tourism Toronto’s respite plan is the answer to their prayers….

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November 20, 2008

2008 Winners of The Innovation Fund

We are exceptionally pleased to announce this year’s winners of The Innovation Fund gifted by families and individuals, including the Sasha Bella Fund for Family Centred Care, in support of pediatric palliative care research. 

This years winners are:
Susan Cadell PhD, MSW, Rose Steele RN, PhD, and Anita DeLongis PhD.“Better Understanding How Couples Cope with a Child’s Life-Threatening Illness”. Manulife Centre for Healthy Living, Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work.Wilfrid Laurier University. $1800.00

Kimberley Widger RN PhD(c), CHPCN(c) Ann Tourangeau, RN, PhD, Rose Steele RN, PhD, David Streiner, PhD. “Development and testing of an instrument to measure parents’ perspectives of the quality of children’s end-of-life care. Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. University of Toronto.$4,874.00

Thank you to all 4 candidates for their wonderful applications.

Congratulations to our winners!


November 15, 2008

Toronto Star Article: “Help falls short for home-based care”

By Helen Henderson

Kids with disabilities and their families continue to suffer needlessly from shortfalls in provincial programs and services that are supposed to help them cope at home….

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