Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hospice Bulletin January 2009

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Salam Maal Hijrah 1430

To all muslims, salam maal hijrah.

Hope the past one year had made us wiser and enriched us in one way or another.

May the coming new year will be full of blessings, insyaAllah.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Workshop on Process-Focussed Groups

Date : 9 JANUARY 2009
Time : 8:30am-4.00pm
Venue: DISTED COLLEGE Jln Macalister, Pulau Pinang
Organised by Penang Association of Counselling & Psychology (PACP)
Tel: 013-4334375 (ask for Rita) Fax: 04-6562052

Registration fee:
RM250 for non-members of PACP
RM200 for PACP members

Facilitator: DR LOUIS DOWNS
After more than 17 years as a counselor and clinical administrator, Louis Downs, Ph.D. is presently an Associate Professor of counseling at California State University Sacramento. His clinical areas of specialization included survivors of trauma, dissociative disorders, personality disordered clients, anxiety and panic, and co-occurring disorders. In the summer of 2007, Dr. Downs traveled on a Fulbright Fellowship to Malaysia to consult with the Department of Guidance and Counseling Psychology of New Era College on counseling skills acquisition enhancement, to design and implement a disaster relief plan, and to provide continuing education for counselors in the federal district of Selangor. He has been appointed to a two year position as academic consultant to the New Era College Department of Guidance and Counseling Psychology and is presently serving as the clinical consultant to the Qing-jian Counseling Center in Shanghai, China.

Dr. Downs will present the theory, discuss issues with participants, and finally model the group process in action with volunteers from workshop attendees. Several styles of group will be presented so the audience can see how the process model is applied in various therapeutic group venues.

8.30 - 9.00 am Registration
9.00 - 10.30 am Session 1 : Introduction
10.30 - 10.45 am Tea break
10.45 - 1.00 pm Session 2 : Theories & Issues
1.00 - 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 - 4.00 pm Session 3: Application of Models

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Penang Counselling Course 2008

Congratulations to all who have passed the Counselling Course 2008.

Participants can get their certificates, results and collect their course work items from Rumah Hospis from 7 January onwards.

Please call Liza/Devi at 04-228 4140.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Invitation to Khazanah Penang Lecture

Khazanah Nasional Bhd will be organising its Khazanah Penang Lecture #4.

Date: 8th January 2009 (Thursday)

Time: 4:00pm – 5:45pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1, Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang, Jalan Utama, 10450 Penang

Speaker: Jakob von Uexkull

Topic: “The Global Economic Crisis: What Next?”

Synopsis: Jakob von Uexkull is the founder and chairperson for the World Future Council (WFC). He is also the founder of the Right Livelihood Award and co-founder of The Other Economic Summit (TOES), the former being commonly referred to as the Alternative Nobel Prize. Jakob’s rationale of creating the WFC is basically to add an ethical perspective to the mostly economical and political considerations that decide about the most important questions of our time. And so we ask, in this time of a global economic crisis… what next?


3.30pm – 4.00pm Arrival & Registration
4:00pm – 4:15pm Opening remarks by Dato’ Anwar Fazal
4.15pm – 5:15pm Presentation by Jakob von Uexkull “The Global Economic Crisis: What Next?”
5.15pm – 5:45pm Q&A Session
End Programme

If interested, please confirm your attendance by email to
Mr Aziz Kevin.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Have a joyful Christmas and a wonderful holiday everyone.

Note for Santa: bonus this year?:)

Relay For Life '09 Road Show

2nd International Health & Fitness Expo
29 & 30 Nov 2008
Venue: PISA, Penang

Saturday, 6 Dec 2008
Venue: New World Park
In conjunction with the Penang Food Hunt 2008.

Next road show @ Little Penang Street Market, Upper Penang Road, Sunday 28 Dec '08 from 10am - 5pm. Be there!:)

Pics courtesy of Dr KC Oo
For more details and photos, go here

18th Joint Clinical Meeting of Hospice Groups

Tuesday 21 October 2008.
3.00 - 5.30 pm
Hosted by Pure Lotus Hospice.

Seminar on Grief and Lost

Organised by NCSMPg, PACP and Penang Counselling Group
14 July 2008, 4 - 6 pm
Venue: Disted College
Speakers: Ms Liese Groot, Psychotherapist and Dr Sue Marsden, Palliative Medicine Consultant.

Thanks to Disted College and Josephine for arranging the event.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October 2008
As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, we had a public forum and a breast cancer talk on Sunday, 5 October 2008.

Breast Cancer from a Woman's Perspective
9 am - 12 pm
Speaker: Ms Dee Sidhu, Amanita
Venue: Rumah Hospis Pulau Pinang

Public Forum at Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH)
3 - 5 pm
Dr Bina Rai, KPP Epidemiologist, Penang State Health Dept.
Dr Ng Lai Fook, Oncologist, PAH
Venue: Penang Adventist Hospital
*Thanks to PAH team for organising the event.

Talks and seminars on cancer - November 2008

Talks for Caregivers
15 & 16 Nov 2008

Organised by Women's Centre for Change (WCC)
Venue: Tg Bungah Hotel

Attended by PCN Helen Cheah and Dr Oo Khaik Cheang

Seminar on Grief and Loss
8 Nov 2008, 2-5 pm
Organised by Wawasan Open University

Venue: Wawasan Auditorium, Northern Road
Speaker: Dr Lalithy Kanny, Palliative Care Physician

2008 Charity Events in aid of Hospice

Prem Joshua Charity Concert - 3 Dec 2008
Venue: Wawasan Open University

7th Harmony Grand Charity Food Fair - 7 Dec 2008
Organised by Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society
Macalister Road, Penang

Note: Pics courtesy of Dr KC Oo
For more details, go to here

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mammography Centre

Pusat Wanita Toh Puan Datin Khadijah

Charges: RM60
Monday - Friday, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm
Call Rebecca/Noriah at 04-2614 140

Mammogram - early breast cancer detection
  • Mammogram is a simple X-ray of breast tissue.
  • It is done by a trained female radiographer.
  • The films are read by a radiologist for any breast abnormality.
  • A baseline mammogram is advisable between the ages of 35 and 40.
  • A mammogram every 1 to 2 years till age 50 and then annually.
  • If you have a family history of breast cancer or you notice any breast changes, consult a medical professional regarding a need for mammogram and clinical breast examination.

Why do I need a Mammogram?
  • A mammogram makes it possible to see developing tumours long before they can be felt by you or your doctor.
  • It can detect other changes in breast tissue that could represent a sign of early breast cancer.
  • When breast cancer is detected early, chances of cure is much higher.

Signs to look for

  • A lump or thickening anywhere in the breast or changes in size of the breast.
  • Skin dimpling or puckering of the breast.
  • A nipple that is pulled in (inverted) which has not always been that way.
  • Discharge from the nipple or rash around nipple.
  • Any change in shape of the breast or colour of the skin over the breast.
  • Pain (uncommon)

Preparing for a Mammogram

  • For your convenience wear a two piece outfit, a top with a skirt or slacks.
  • Do not apply deodorant, perfume, lotion or powder under your armpit or breast as they may show on the film and interfere with the result.
  • Schedule your mammogram when your breasts are less sensitive, during or after menstruation not before it.
  • Bring along your previous mammogram. These are necessary to assist in the interpretation of the current mammogram.
Note: from NCSMPg's Mammography pamphlet

Breast Self Examination (BSE)

BSE helps you learn more about your breasts and how they look and normally feel.
  • Examine your breasts regularly: once a month is often enough.
  • The best time is just after a menstrual period, when your breasts are probably at their softest.
  • It is important to continue regular monthly checks after menses stop.
Why BSE?
  • It’s a way of checking your breast for any changes every month.
  • Even if you have an annual breast check up by a doctor or nurse or breast X-rays, BSE will help find any changes in between.
  • It’s normal to feel some firmness or lumpiness as a result of the breast’s structure. As a general rule if you feel something unusual, compare with the other breast to reassure yourself that you are feeling normal breast tissue.
  • Regular self examination means that with monthly practice, you’ll increase the chances of picking up any changes at an early stage.
Remember: Nine out of ten lumps are NOT cancer


The three steps of breast self examination

Step 1: Looking

Stand in front of a long mirror with your arms by your side. Look at your breast carefully, then raise your arms above your head and turn slowly from side to side, looking at your breasts as you move.
Important changes to look for are:
• Lumps in the breast or armpit.
• Abnormal skin changes e.g. change in colour, dimpling or puckering of the skin.
• Changes in the appearance or direction of the nipples e.g. nipples pulled in.
• Bleeding or unusual discharge from the nipples or rash around the nipple.

Step 2: Feeling your breast

The lying-down position
Lie in bed with a pillow under your right shoulder. Put your right arm under your head.

The standing position
To do BSE in the shower, using soap to help your fingers slide easily over your skin. Put your right hand behind your head and examine your right breast with your left hand.

Using your left hand, begin the first strip at your armpit.

Move your hand gradually towards the bra-line, move across about 2 cm to the left and start working upwards to your collarbone, making circles of light and firm pressure all the time. Work up and down your breast in strips until you reach the nipple.

Complete the nipple strip, paying particular attention to the area under the nipple, and continue the circles moving up and down in strips.

Remember the light and firm pressure in each spot. Examine the entire breast until you have completed the last strip between your breasts.

Step 3: Checking your armpit

Bring your right arm down by your side and feel your armpit firmly. Again, you’re looking for any unusual changes.


A change may not mean it is cancer but it is advisable to check with your doctor.

Note: from NCSMPg BSE pamphlet

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Old and new

New container - sponsored by the Colchester Centurion and Rotary.
Our heartfelt thanks!

Old container - used to keep our HHP items

NCSM 40th Anniversary Dinner 25 October 2008

Venue: Bayview Hotel Georgetown, Penang

Welcome speech by NCSMPg Chairman, Dato' William Ng

Donation by Rotary Club

Speech by the Hon. Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Mr Lim Guan Eng

Lucky Draw winner


Relay For Life launch 8 Oct 2008, Gurney Plaza Penang

The crowd at Gurney Plaza

Entertainment by PAKU

Cancer Messages

YB Phee Boon Poh