Fraser Health’s 9th Annual Ethics Conference Co-hosted by Fraser Health’s Home Health, Medicine, Mental Health & Substance Use Residential Care Assisted Living & Specialized Populations and Ethics Services The conference This conference will create opportunities for self-reflection and discussion about what is at stake in complex “living at risk” contexts. It will provide space and time to engage with the perspectives of patients and families, bioethics, clinical and administrative leaders, and colleagues from across different professions and programs on the ethics dimensions of choices that involve risk to patients, residents and clients. What is it all about? Being a care provider can be very rewarding. Connecting with a person in need of care on a personal level and using our expertise to improve their life is a wonderful thing. When someone in our care acts or makes requests to do things that we think risk causing them harm, this gift becomes challenging. Differing values, beliefs, and judgments about what behaviours are appropriate, insufficient opportunity to think carefully about what is important to us, and the absence of time, training and tools to help people in our care to think about what is important to them and what living a good life means for them - all make the challenge greater. For more on what it is all about, see the how to find the conference registration webpage on the next page. Making Sense of Risky Decisions Coming together to provide person-centred care May 6, 2015 Coast Hotel Langley 20393 Fraser Highway, Langley Registration: 7:30 am | Conference Proceedings: 8:30 – 4:30 Morning refreshments, lunch, and coffee breaks will be provided. Parking is available at the hotel. The hotel is also wheelchair accessible. Conference theme To support thinking systematically about ethical challenges, moral distress, and how to work through the complex and challenging circumstances of providing care in these contexts. Topics •• •• •• •• T ensions in the values that guide individuals, care teams, systems A person’s journey through care and the narrative of their life Wisdom on the ground, a world cafe to develop guiding values Working through difficult issues using ethics tool Who should attend? The conference will be of particular interest to staff, physicians and leaders who work in or with the partner programs. Priority will be given to registrants from the partner programs but is open to all Fraser Health staff, physicians, etc. How much does it cost? •• FH Staff, Physicians, Students, and Volunteers | $0* •• Individuals from FH affiliated organizations | $75 •• Students not affiliated with FH | $75 •• Individuals from outside FH | $175 •• *There is no cost to FH Staff, Physicians, Students, and Volunteers but to ensure that the the opportunity is not wasted registrants will be expected to give notice if they are unable to attend or will be invoiced post-conference ($20). How do I register? Visit http://bit.ly/1wIbbkI to register. Accreditation MOC Section 1 credits - to be advised Mainpro-M1 credits - to be advised Co-Sponsors This conference is a partnership between the Fraser Health programs of Home Health, Medicine, Mental Health and Substance Use, Residential Care Assisted Living & Specialized Populations, and Ethics Services. Conference Faculty Christy Simpson is Department Head and Associate Professor of Bioethics at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine. She is also the coordinator for the ethics-based collaborations between the Department with Capital Health (the largest health region in Nova Scotia), the IWK Health Centre, and the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network. Her primary responsibilities in this role include ethics education and capacity building, policy development and review, and support for clinical and organizational ethics consultations. Christy completed her doctorate in philosophy, specializing in bioethics, at Dalhousie in 2001. Lynn Stevenson is Associate Deputy Minister of Health responsible for the health services portfolio in the British Columbia Ministry of Health. She is responsible for the divisions of health service policy, quality assurance, population and public health and medical beneficiary and pharmaceuticals. Lynn is a registered nurse by profession and has held senior leadership positions in Fraser Health, Island Health and the BC Cancer Agency. Lynn has a PhD with a research focus on organizational change, practice and leadership. She also holds Adjunct Professor positions in the Schools of Nursing at the Universities of British Columbia and Victoria. Tod Chambers is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities and of Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He presently serves as the director of Feinberg’s Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program. His areas of research include the rhetoric of bioethics and cross-cultural issues in clinical medicine. He was elected in 2010 to be a fellow at the Hastings Center. He is the author of the book, The Fiction of Bioethics (Routledge) and, with Carl Elliott, is co-editor of Prozac as a Way of Life (University of North Carolina Press). Kathryn Gretsinger (moderator) is an Instructor at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Kathryn is the lead national audio trainer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio. Her public service journalism often involves moderating, facilitating and mcing community and educational events.
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