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Integrating a Palliative Care Approach for Health Care Aides Training

Partner: FNIHB Home and Community Care- MB Region 2016

The Saint Elizabeth FNIM Program was pleased to partner with the First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) – Manitoba Region and First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNSSHM) to provide a second palliative care education/training for health care aides in the region. The first education session was held March 7-10, 2016 in Winnipeg, MB.
The goal of the Integrating a Palliative Approach to Care for Health Care Aides (HCAs) training is to enhance the palliative care knowledge, skills and confidence of HCAs working in Manitoba First Nation communities. The four (4)-day, in-person palliative care training was delivered May 30-June 2, 2016 in Winnipeg Manitoba to sixteen (16) health care aides. The participants learned how to provide care that is culturally relevant and honours the choices, traditions, and values of the dying person and their family. Participants who attended were from all regions of Manitoba.
Significant learning outcomes were achieved through investments in palliative care training for nineteen (19) Manitoba HCAs. The training sessions were respectful and culturally responsive, with the inclusion of Medicine Wheel Teachings throughout the training. Relationships and support systems were formed, knowledge was enhanced, and approaches were changed in relation to palliative care and on-line learning.
In order to ensure a lasting impact of this training and that this training will continue to be felt in the First Nation communities within Manitoba Region, the participants were provided with supplemental educational resources such as online learning, resources, and websites. Participants were also encouraged to pass on their learning within their community.
Participants’ thoughts:
“I truly enjoyed the lab work. Hands-on is a good way to learn how things are done.”
“I will do a presentation for the health staff of what I have learned.”
“Keep up the good work! You have done a very great job of recognizing that health care workers need to debrief as well! Meegwech.”