APPHON/ROHPPA supports educational endeavours in the area of pediatric hematology/oncology for health professionals. 


Registration is now open for the APPHON/ROHPPA Conference 

The theme will be Supportive Care.

Thursday, November 16th will be a half day Hematology Workshop.

Friday, November 17th & Saturday, November18th will be the Annual Hematology/Oncology Conference. 

Registrations are due Friday, October 20th

Link to the 2017 APPHON/ROHPPA Registration Form


Link to the 2017 Agenda


APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - September 29, 2017

Dates:  Monday, October 30 & Tuesday, October 31 
Time:  0800-1600  
Location:  Research Board Room, IWK Health Centre
This 2 day course is appropriate for nurses who are new to pediatric and adolescent chemotherapy and biotherapy administration as well as those wanting a comprehensive review.
See registration form for more details.  


APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course


Dates:  Wednesday, August 2nd & Thursday, August 3rd  
Time:  0800-1600  
Location:  Research Board Room, IWK Health Centre
This 2 day course is appropriate for nurses who are new to pediatric and adolescent chemotherapy and biotherapy administration as well as those wanting a comprehensive review.
See registration form for more details.  


Dr. Jack Hand Education Fund


APPHON/ROHPPA supports educational endeavors for health care professionals who care for pediatric hematology/oncology patients in Atlantic Canada.  To provide that support, APPHON/ROHPPA is pleased to offer educational funding in honor of the memory of Dr. Jack Hand.  Dr. Hand practiced as a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Newfoundland and was the Vice Chair of APPHON/ROHPPA.  Jack was a driving force behind the development of APPHON/ROHPPA and contributed greatly to its growth and success.  Jack served as a positive role model for his colleagues and students by his love, compassion and humor.  He has had a tremendous impact on the lives of the children and families in his care.  We wish to continue that legacy by offering funding to promote and support ongoing education that will benefit all members of APPHON/ROHPPA as well as the children and families for whom we care.

Dr. Jack Hand Education Fund Guidelines:

  1. The applicant must be an APPHON/ROHPPA member.
  2. The course or conference must pertain to pediatric hematology/oncology.
  3. Information gathered/learned from the course/conference must be shared with APPHON/ROHPPA at the annual conference and/or newsletter.
  4. Applications will be approved by the APPHON/ROHPPA Executive Director and Levels of Care Coordinator.
  5. Funding will be awarded every year to a maximum of $1,500.00.
  6. Applicants will be notified of approval of education funds but funds will not be disbursed until all receipts are submitted upon completion of course or attendance of conference.
  7. Application forms will be available on the APPHON/ROHPPA website at or from Kristy MacDonnell by email at or by phone (902)470-3842.


  1. Complete attached application.
  2. Submit application by deadline date:  Deadline changed to June 30, 2017.  Please fax application to (902)470-6510 or mail completed form to:  Kristy MacDonnell, IWK Health Centre, APPHON/ROHPPA, 6th Floor Link, Room 610, 5850 University Ave., PO Box 9700, Halifax, NS   B3K 6R8.
  3. Attach a copy of program brochure or agenda showing date of program, deadline for registration, and registration fee.
  4. Once approved, submit a completed expense claim and original receipts to Kristy MacDonnell within 2 weeks of attending the program or completing the educational course.
  5. Sharing of knowledge with other APPHON/ROHPPA members is expected to be completed by next available conference and/or newsletter.

 Link to 2017 Dr. Jack Hand Education Fund Guidelines and Procedures


A full day of the 2 day APPHON/ROHPPA Annual Meeting held in the fall was devoted to educational presentations on topics relevant to pediatric hematology/ oncology.  The remainder of the meeting included workshops and networking opportunities.  It was open to health care professionals in the Atlantic provinces involved in the care of this patient population. 

 2015 APPHON/ROHPPA Conference Details:

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - "EPEC-P (Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care for Pediatrics)" - Education Day

0800-0830            Registration and coffee – PEI/New Brunswick Room (behind O.E. Smith Auditorium and then proceed to
                                O.E. Smith Auditorium for conference)
0830-0840            Welcome and Introduction to EPEC-P (Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care for Pediatrics) -
                                Agenda Overview - Mary Jean Howitt
0840-0915            Palliative care:  Why does it matter?  - Shauna Wilcox
Symptom management
0915-1000            An Overview of Pain - Lisa Goodyear
1000-1030            Break (coffee/tea) – PEI/New Brunswick Room
1030-1100            Breakout sessions
     1.      Opioid selection & rotation with dose calculations - Lisa Goodyear
     2.      Pain assessment - Stephanie Eason
     3.      Non-pharmacological pain treatment - (Facilitators:  TBA)
1100-1230            Respiratory distress - Stephanie Eason
                               GI management - Phyllis Branch
                               Refractory Distress and Preparing for imminent death - Shauna Wilcox
1230-1330           Lunch – Parker Reception Room
Psychosocial Care
1330-1400            Communicating the prognosis to patients and families - Lisa Goodyear
1400-1430            Grief and Bereavement - Marjorie McGibbon and Shauna Wilcox
1430-1515            Difficult Conversations - Shauna Wilcox
1515- 1545           What about you?
                                Self Care - Mary Jean Howitt
1545-1600            Evaluation - Mary Jean Howitt

Friday, November 13, 2015

0800               Registration
0830               Welcome and introduction – Dr. Bruce Crooks
0845               Dr. Rob Rutledge:  What you always wanted to know about Radiation Oncology but were scared to
0945               Dr. Lisa Goodyear:  Mucositis
1015               Break (coffee/tea) – Nurses/Auditorium; Pediatricians/Boardroom; Psycho/Social Group/NB/PEI Room -
                        Discipline specific working groups:  Supportive Care
1145               Dr. Tamara MacDonaldGuidelines Update
1200               AGM
1215               Lunch – Parker Reception Room
1300               Christa McGuirk:  Extravasation         
1315               Dr. Jason Berman - Update COG AML & ALL
1345               Patient Presentation:  TBA
1400              Phyllis Branch and Marjorie McGibbon:  Parents and Family Information Package
1430               Break (coffee/tea) – Pediatric Boardroom
1445               Dr. Chantal Pambrun:  Transfusion Up-dates
1515               Chantal Beaver and Shira Zipursky:  Coping
1545               Dr. Ketan Kulkarni:  Managing Clots
1615               Adjourn

Saturday, November 14, 2015

0830              Registration
0900               Dr. Karl Logan:  Management in Pediatric Bone Tumors
0945               Carolyn Jarock:  Assessment of Vincristine Neuropathy
1015               Break (coffee/tea) –– NS/NL - Auditorium; PEI - Boardroom; NB - NB/PEI Room – Provincial working groups: 
                        Supportive Care
1130               Dr. James Whitlock - Alphabet Soup: New Approaches to Childhood Cancer Therapy
1230               Lunch – Parker Reception Room
1315               Dr. Bruce Crooks and Carol Spicer: GVHD Assessment
1345               Dr. Conrad Fernandez: Neuroblastoma/Wilms COG Up-date
1400               Closing notes and Adjourn 


 Link to EPEC-P Agenda

 Link to APPHON/ROHPPA Conference Agenda


Management of Febrile Neutropenia in Children


Dr Tamara MacDonald, PharmD
Division of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology
IWK Health Centre

Link to Management of Febrile Neutropenia in Children presentation


TIMES:  08:00 am -16:00 pm