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NSHEN Annual Report 15-16

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2016 Conference Medical Aid in Dying: Ethical Reflections

OCTOBER 20, 2016

Weblink to watch October 20 broadcast: https://youtu.be/yhSPF14I5bs

Resources and conference presentations are available for download below:

NSHEN document on resources relevant to MAiD

Ethics and MAiD: Food for Thought


Andrea Frolic
Ethics as Culture Broker

Jeff Kirby
Four MAiD Principles Two Big Challenges

Anne Marie Kruger Naug
Assistance in Dying

Mona Gupta & Jacynthe Rivest
The Ethics of MAiD Under Loi 2 in Quebec

NSHEN MAiD Ethical Reflections
Medical Aid in Dying Ethical Reflections

2016 Living at Risk Workshop: Whose Choice Is It Anyway?

NSHEN is pleased to offer the following:
Living at Risk Workshop: Whose Choice Is It Anyway?
February 10, 2016, in Yarmouth, NS, 9:15am-3:30pm
March 10, 2016, in Sydney, NS, 9:15am-3:30pm

Individual choices to live “at risk” can test commitments to the principle of respect for choice. They often challenge us to re-examine the values that drive health policy and health care practice.
Drs Christy Simpson and Marika Warren from the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network present highlights from our sold-out 2015 conference “Whose Choice Is It? Ethics and Living at Risk”. This workshop will focus on key points from our conference sessions on the following topics; vulnerable populations, community care and home care, public health, and dignity of risk.
We will provide the opportunity for participants to reflect on living at risk and the important ethical questions that it raises about what it is to provide good care and what it is to live a good life.
Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe what “living at risk” looks like within your practice
  • Describe ethical concerns related to living at risk
  • Describe challenges raised by living at risk from a range of perspectives
  • Discuss why caring for individuals living at risk can be so challenging

Brochure available here
Registration will be open Tuesday December 8, 2015.
All registrations must be completed on-line:
Click LINK for Yarmouth
Click HERE for Sydney
Registrations must be received on or before Tuesday, February 2, 2016 for the Yarmouth workshop and Tuesday, March 2, 2016 for Sydney.
The cost of this workshop is $35.00
Space is limited so please register early.


OCTOBER 21-22, 2015

The conference presentations are available for download below:

Plenary Session: Patti Melanson and Dr. Christy Simpson
Caring for Populations Living at Risk: Collaboration, Creativity and Compassion

Breakout Session: Donna Sutton
Living at Risk, Working at Risk: Health Care in the Home and Community

Breakout Session: Christy Simpson
Not in a Vacuum: System-Level Perspectives on Choices to Live at Risk

Breakout Session: Gaynor Watson-Creed
Perception, Prevention, and Populations: Issues of Risk in a Public Health Context

Breakout Session: Kathryn Hominick & Catherine-Anne Murray
Dignity, Risk, and Choice in the Care of the Elderly

Breakout Session: Patricia Murray

If you were unable to attend our conference and would like copies of the booklets, please contact the NSHEN Administrator at 494-4038.

Advanced Consultation Workshop

Values in Conflict and Conflict about Values: An Advanced Ethics Consultation Workshop
Facilitated by Paul Hutchinson, Mediator, Therapist & Director, Imagined Spaces
This workshop is intended to provide the opportunity for participants to discuss complex ethical cases in which conflict plays a significant role and to reflect upon strategies that might be effective in managing these sorts of consults.


  • Attendance at at least one of our previous ethics consultation workshops
  • Currently or previously active in ethics consultation

The workshop is scheduled for Thursday October 29, 2015 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Holiday Inn & Conference Centre, located at 437 Prince Street, Truro NS.
Registration deadline for this workshop is Friday October 16, 2015.
Please click here for the registration form.

Registration CLOSED. NSHEN Conference October 21 & 22, 2015

The registration is now closed for our conference. Thank you for your interest.
The NSHEN Annual Conference is being held October 21 & 22, 2015 at the Best Western Burnside, Dartmouth NS.
The topic of discussion this year is “Whose Choice Is It? Ethics and Living at Risk”
Conference brochure available here

Annual Report 2014-15

The NSHEN Annual Report is now available for viewing.


NSHEN event for National Health Ethics Week – Bioethics Book Club

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015, 12-1PM

Particpate in National Health Ethics Week by joining us for an interactive discussion about the book Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and ethics issues at the end of life.

Cathy Simpson – Health Ethics Consultant
Marika Warren – Network Ethicist, Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network
National Health Ethics Week 2015 – Bioethics Book Club: Being Mortal poster

Duty to Care Workshop

NOVEMBER 26, 2014, 8:30AM – 4:00PM

While the “duty to provide care” is an oft-cited expectation of health care providers and health care organizations, many questions remain about what this duty entails, for whom and on what basis. Similarly, health care organizations are said to have a “duty to provide a safe work environment,” a duty which is reflected in legislation and relates to initiatives to improve workplace conditions. In a challenging and changing health care context, how, and in what ways, might these two duties come into conflict or be in tension? This workshop is designed to facilitate examination of these two duties, drawing from relevant experiences and cases.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the “duty to provide care” and the “duty to provide a safe work environment”, and where these two duties may be in tension or conflict.
  • Engage with a broader understanding of “safety” in terms of the “duty to provide a safe work environment” including psychological, emotional and cultural safety
  • Critically reflect on these concepts from both personal and professional perspectives, with an increased capacity to engage in discussion related to these duties using an ethics lens.

Registration deadline for workshop is November 21, 2014.
Please download registration form here and fax to Krista at 902-494-7388. (PDF>)