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National Health Ethics Week 

Exploring Ethics from Coast to Coast to Coast
March 2 - 8, 2015

In collaboration with the Nova Scotia Heath Ethics Network (NSHEN), and participating organizations across Canada, the Canadian Bioethics Society is coordinating the 2nd annual National Health Ethics Week, taking place March 2- 8, 2015.

What is National Health Ethics Week?

National Health Ethics Week is a time set aside for health and educational institutions, ethics committees, health care professionals, community organizations, businesses and members of the general public, to host and take part in educational events that explore health ethics issues.

National Health Ethics Week was designed with the following goals in mind:

  • Encourage the organization of events to raise awareness of ethics issues related to health and health care across Canada
  • Provide greater visibility for Canadian ethics committees, services and supports 
  • Provide an opportunity for Canadians to engage in dialogue regarding current health ethics issues facing their communities

We invite you to join us in participating in Canada’s National Health Ethics Week!

How Do I Participate?

All organizations, groups, and individuals who are interested in health ethics issues are invited to participate. By participating in National Health Ethics Week, you will show a commitment to ethical discussion and decision-making and will open lines of communication with others in your community.

Involvement in Health Ethics Week is encouraged at a level relevant to and comfortable for you and your organization or group. For example, you may attend an event in your area and advertise the initiative by displaying a National Health Ethics Week poster in your workplace. Or you might host a presentation, facilitate a lunchtime discussion group, distribute print materials or organize a half-day workshop. You are best able to decide where to focus your energies for maximum benefit in your organization or community.

Your organization may choose to organize an event that explores any area of health ethics that is of interest or importance to your organization. The aim is to get Canadians thinking and talking about a variety of health ethics issues – be creative!


To participate, please download and complete the registration form found here, or contact us at

What Resources Are Available?

Upon registration, participating Organizations will receive:

  • Electronic poster templates that can be easily printed and customized in order to publicize National Health Ethics Week and your local events
  • Event publicity, including access to the National Health Ethics Week Event Listing on the Canadian Bioethics Society website, which will be referred to in national publicity campaigns prior to the event
  • An invitation to post their organization’s name as a participating organization on the Canadian Bioethics Society website 
  • Assistance with locating health ethics and event planning resources

To view some open source presentations, podcasts and case studies for use by participating organizations, please click here. 

Who Should Participate?

All Canadian organizations with an interest in health and health care are encouraged to participate by hosting an activity exploring a health ethics issue. Because of each group's unique association with the health system, everyone will have an important contribution to make and experience to share.

This includes:

  • Child and family service groups 
  • Churches and religious organizations 
  • Community based health organizations and groups 
  • Environmental organizations 
  • Health care institutions 
  • Health ethics committees  
  • Health professional associations 
  • Health-related businesses and corporations 
  • Members of the public 
  • Mental health agencies 
  • Post-secondary institutions and schools 
  • Regional health authorities and provincial boards 
  • Research ethics boards
  • Social justice groups


If you are participating in National Health Ethics Week 2015 and would like to publicize your event, please send the details to and we will share them here. 

To view National Health Ethics Week 2014 events that took place across the country, please click here.

Participating Organizations

This list will be updated as organizations register for National Health Ethics Week 2015. 

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 
  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University 
  • Provincial Health Ethics Network Newfoundland and Labrador 
  • Saskatchewan Cancer Agency 
  • Saskatoon Health Region  
  • St. Paul's Hospital (Saskatoon) 
  • University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics 
  • Yukon Continuing Care

For More Information

For more information about National Health Ethics Week, please contact us at

Duty to Care Workshop
November 26, 2014, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Summer Street Events Centre, 72 Park Street, New Glasgow, NS

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.






NSHEN presents our annual Fall conference!

October 22-23, 2014

Best Western, Liverpool, NS

How do our perceptions of risk affect our ethical judgment?
How do we deal with risk ethically in our everyday practice?
How do we communicate information about risk in the context of supporting informed choice?
How should we act in the face of risk and uncertainty?
How does system change generate risk (and opportunity​)​?

Click here for conference information booklet and paper registration form:


Click here for online registration:


Annual Report

13-14 NSHEN Annual Report