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Clearing the Haze: Addressing Health Ethics Questions Raised by Legalization of Cannabis

October 24, 2018
10am-2pm

LIVE Conference Broadcast 

Live ​broadcast ​of ​conference ​onsite ​at ​Alt ​Hotel ​or ​streaming ​link ​available ​- ​No ​Charge

This conference will address ethical concerns for health care providers and health organizations that stem from the legalization of cannabis for non-medical purposes.


2018 NSHEN Conference Program and Presentations


Objectives:

At the end of the broadcast, participants will be able to:

  • Describe ethical concerns and values related to legal cannabis
  • Identify parallels between the ethics issues raised by legal cannabis and other health ethics discussions
  • Explain the role of stigma in shaping the discussion about cannabis

This ​event ​will ​then ​be ​followed ​up ​by ​a ​workshop ​in ​one ​of ​the ​four ​NSHA ​Zones (information on registration below).


Agenda

10:00-10:25

Introduction and framing of discussion

-Marika Warren, NSHEN

10:30-11:10

Background information – legislation and evidence

-Mary Ellen Gurnham, NSHA

11:15-11:35

Simulated conversations – concerns about a colleague

Simulated clinician + Dan Steeves, NSHA 

11:40-12:00

Simulated conversations – patient needing assistance

Simulated patient + Linda Verlinden, Northwood Inc.

12:00-12:30

Lunch

12:30-1:10

Panel – Ethical concerns about non-medical cannabis and how to address them

-Julija Kelecevic, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre

-Barbara Whynot,  IWK Health Centre

-Sherry Ryan, Director, Shannex Inc.

Marian Casey, Senior Director, Shannex Inc.

1:15-1:55

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Stigma and Drug Policy in Canada

-Daniel Buchman, University Health Network

1:55-2:00

Wrap-up

-Marika Warren, NSHEN 


Guest Speaker Information

Julija Kelecevic, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton ON

Julija Kelecevic, is a Regional Ethicist working for Hamilton Health Sciences. In her role, she supports Brant Community Healthcare System,  HNHB CCAC, Joseph Brant Hospital,  Norfolk General Hospital and West Haldimand General Hospital. Prior joining HHS, Julija worked as a clinical ethicist for Alberta Health Services and as a bioethicist in Thunder Bay and the Northwest Ontario. Julija holds a medical degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and is finishing her PhD at the University of Alberta. Her primary research interests include cross-cultural ethics, interprofessional ethics, evaluation of clinical ethics consultations, innovations in education and medical humanities.

Daniel Buchman, University Health Network, Toronto ON

Daniel Buchman is a Bioethicist at the University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario, a Clinician Investigator in the Krembil Brain Institute, an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and a member of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. In his research on the ethical dimensions of chronic pain, substance use, and mental illness, Daniel draws upon an interdisciplinary methodological toolkit including conceptual bioethics, theory-driven qualitative interviews and focus groups, surveys, and knowledge syntheses.

Barbara Whynot, IWK Health Centre, Halifax NS

Barbara Whynot has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years with work experience in Obstetrics, Women’s Health, EHS Lifeflight and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). For the past 5years she has worked in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS.

 

Linda Verlinden, Northwoodcare Inc., Halifax NS

Linda Verlinden works as Client Relations Coordinator & Navigator for Northwoodcare Inc. in Halifax. A graduate from Cleveland State University with Certification in Patient Advocacy, Linda works closely with the clients, families and departments to ensure the clients’ voice is heard. She assists individuals in the community to navigate through the Nova Scotia Health system when folks are struggling with where to begin. As the only Nova Scotia Department of Health recognized LTC Advocate in the East, Linda brings a broad knowledge base to this growing field.

Marian Casey, Shannex Inc., Halifax NS

Marian Casey is the Senior Director Health Services, Policy and Practice and Ethics Coordinator at Shannex. As Ethics coordinator for Shannex, Marian chairs the Corporate Ethics Team which consists of Regional Ethics Chairs and other trusted partners including a pharmacist, physician and a family member. Marian served as the Director of Clinical Services for the enhanced care division at Shannex for the past seven years. Previous to this role she spent 10 years at the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and also worked approximately six years in long term care at Arborstone as a charge nurse and Director of Resident Care Services. Marian has also worked in various acute healthcare settings in the UK, Canada and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Services Management and completed the Excelling in Leadership program at Dalhousie University.

Sherry Ryan, Shannex Inc., Halifax NS

Sherry Ryan, CPHR is the Director, Employee and Labour Relations for Shannex Inc. She has deep HR experience with many sectors from Healthcare, Financial, Manufacturing and Not for Profit.  In addition to her role with Shannex, she is proud to be an Executive Board Member of reachability Association.

 

Dan Steeves, NSHA, Halifax NS

Dan is the Health Promotion Team Leader for the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Community Mental Health and Addictions Program, and he is also Co-Chair of Injury Free Nova Scotia. His career has included teaching children, adolescents and adults in a wide variety of settings including public schools, alternative schools and University. He has been an adolescent addictions counsellor as well as a substance abuse researcher.  More recently, Dan has been exploring the culture of substance use in Nova Scotia and how it is impacting health, learning and communities.


Follow-up ​Workshop

If ​you watched/attended the ​live ​broadcast ​(October 24) ​and ​would ​like ​to ​attend ​this event, ​please ​choose ​your ​appropriate ​Zone ​location ​(listed ​below) ​to ​register ​for ​the this in-person only ​workshop. ​

There is a $40 fee for the follow-up workshop. Refreshment break will be provided.

At the end of the workshop sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize various positions regarding ethics and legal cannabis
  • Identify ways to facilitate discussion related to legal cannabis, recognizing that stigma can affect the conversation
  • Apply ethics tools and frameworks to ethics cases regarding legal cannabis

Central ​Zone ​4 ​- ​​Follow-up ​Workshop ​- ​November ​6 ​at ​Best ​Western ​Burnside, 9:30am-12:30pm
Register ​here: ​Central Zone Registration Follow-up Workshop

Eastern ​Zone 3 ​- ​Follow-up ​Workshop ​- ​November ​9 ​at Maritime Inn Antigonish, 9:30am-12:30pm
Register ​here: ​Eastern Zone Registration Follow-up Workshop

Western ​Zone 1 ​- ​Follow-up ​Workshop ​- ​November ​14 ​at Chipman Building, Kentville, 9:30am-12:30pm
Register ​here: ​Western Zone Follow-up Workshop

Northern ​Zone 2 ​- ​Follow-up ​Workshop ​- ​November 16 ​at Best Western Glengarry Truro, 9:30am-12:30pm
Register ​here: ​Northern Zone Follow-up Workshop