Health Ethics Week

National Health Ethics Week is coordinated by the Canadian Bioethics Society, in collaboration with participating organizations across Canada. It is a time set aside for health organizations, educational institutions, health care professionals, community organizations and members of the general public, to host and take part in educational events that explore health ethics issues. This is an annual initiative of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre.

Schedule & Telehealth Registration April 1 - 7, 2019

Date Title/Poster Presenter(s)
AHS iScheduler
April 2
Every Breath You Take: Ethical Considerations Regarding Health Care Metrics
Derek Truscott
Online registration Slideshow Handout Video
April 5 The Use of Deception in Dementia Care Jon Gilchrist Online registration Slideshow Handout N/A

Presentations April 2 - 8, 2018

Date Title/Poster Presenter(s)
Handout Video

April 4
Navigating the Zone of Parental Discretion when parents and health care professionals disagree Eleanor Stewart
Slideshow Handout Video
April 6
MAID, Conscience and Catholic Thought
Doris Kieser
N/A N/A Video

Presentations April 3 - 9, 2017

Date Session Title

April 3
The Ethics of Cultural Safety for Indigenous Patients
Helgi Eyford & Chelsea Crowshoe
April 4 Patient Identity, Social Disparities and Harm Reduction:
Towards an Intersectional Approach to Ethical Health Service Delivery
Ireh Iyioha
April 4
Caring for Patients with Substance Use Disorders Katherine Duthie & Victoria Seavilleklein
April 4 Where Are We At With MAID Today?
Colleen Torgunrud, Jim Bell, Stan Galbraith, Cari Richards,
& Jo Hegggerud. Moderator: Garry Engler

April 5
Annual Ethics Showdown Victoria Seavilleklein, Kyle Anstey, Gary Lepine, &
Brendan Leier. Moderator: Kimberley Stever
April 6
Reducing the Risk of Harm Associated with In-Patient Smoking Behaviours
Alongside Oxygen Supply
Kyle Anstey
April 7 Are We Due for an Overhaul of Ethics Reviews Performed by REBs?
Karine Morin
April 7
A Fresh Look at Moral Distress: Finding the Balance (And Even Joy!) in
Our Challenging Work
Colleen Torgunrud & Katherine Duthie
April 7 The Ethics Labyrinth YYC Host: ARECCI

Presentations April 4 - 10, 2016

Date Session Title

April 5

Ethics and Challenges of Collecting and Using Healthcare Data in Rehabilitation

Linda Woodhouse Video

Presentations March 2 - 8, 2015

Date Session Title

March 2

Introduction to Health Ethics

Gary Lepine Video
March 3 Assisted Suicide - A Panel Discussion Sturgeon Health Care Centre Ethics Committee Video
March 4 Seeking Common Ground - Protecting Vulnerable Children
Child and Family Services and Alberta Children's Hospital
March 6
First Do No Harm: Still relevant after all these years?
Eric Wasylenko & Naushin Walji

Presentations March 3 - 8, 2014

Date Session Title

March 3
When Should You (Or Your Loved One) Stop Driving Gary Goldsand, Clinical Ethicist Video

March 3 Ethics and Harm Reduction Lee Hackney, Psychologist Video

March 4
A Complicated Kindness: Ethics of Assisted Death Jon Gilchrist, Clinical Ethicist Video

March 4
What Medicine & UFOs Have in Common - the Ethical Management of
Unexplained Physical Symptoms
Chloe Atkins, Associate Professor & Keith Brownell, Neurologist Video

March 4 Pandemics & Justice: Obligations to the Global Community Kimberley Stever, Ethics Intern Video

March 5 Finding Common Ground - Ethical Issues in Caring for Patients from Diverse Backgrounds Helgi Eyford, Ethics Committee Member Video

March 5
Matters of Life and Death: Ethics, Definitions and DCD (Donation after Cardiocirculatory Death) Brendan Leier, Clinical Ethicist Video

March 5 Leadership Ethics for Wicked Problems in Turbulent Times Don Juzwishin, Health Technology Assessment & Innovation Leader Video

March 6 Let me buy you a coffee: Ethical Issues of Industry Involvement with Physicians/Nurses Wayne Rosen, Clinical Assistant Professor Video
March 6 Why Zebras don't get Ulcers: Understanding and Dealing With Moral Distress Gary Lepine, Clinical Ethicist Video
March 6 Conflicts of Conscience & Doing the Right Thing:
Challenges for Care Providers
Zoe Bernatsky, Nurse Ethicist Video
March 7 Queue-Jumping, Fairness and Advocacy:
An Ethical Analysis of Preferential Access
Lynette Reid, Associate Professor Video
March 7 Ethical Practice Through Health Professions Governance:
The Role of Accountability Measures
Ireh Iyioha, Assistant Adjunct Professor Video