18th CPSNL Medical Ethics Public Lecture: Leadership for Medical Assistance in Dying: A Relational Ethics Lens on Practice Challenges and Opportunities for Physicians and Other Health Care Providers

Location: Faculty of Medicine, St. John's

Date: 15 March 2019

Description

This Public Lecture will take place in the Main Auditorium, Faculty of Medicine, HSC.
No registration is necessary.

Friday March 15, 2019, Noon - 1 p.m.

18th College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Ethics Public Lecture

Leadership for Medical Assistance in Dying: A Relational Ethics Lens on Practice Challenges and Opportunities for Physicians and Other Health Care Providers
Presented by: Patricia (Paddy) Rodney, RN, MSN

BIO: Patricia (Paddy) Rodney, RN, MSN, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing; a Faculty Associate with the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia; and a Research Associate with Providence Health Care Ethics Services in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Rodney has a long-standing research focus on the ethics of end of life treatment and care as well as the moral well-being of health care providers. She was a member of a national Expert Panel convened by the Council of Canadian Academies to compile and assess information and evidence to inform ongoing policy and public discussions on issues related to advance requests for medical assistance in dying (2017-2018).

ABSTRACT:

Physicians and other health care providers in Canada are practicing at a crucial historical juncture for end of life treatment and care. In June 2016 the Canadian government passed federal legislation that allows eligible Canadian adults to request medical assistance in dying (MAID). Further, in December 2016 the Canadian Government engaged the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to conduct independent reviews of evidence related to three specific types of requests for MAID: requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where a mental disorder is the sole underlying condition (https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/medical-assistance-dying.html), (https://scienceadvice.ca/reports/medical-assistance-in-dying/). The three reports from the CCA were received by the Government of Canada in December 2018 and were released publicly in December 2018.

In this lecture Dr. Patricia Rodney will commence with a brief overview of the current legislative and regulatory contexts of medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Canada, as well as concomitant (and longstanding) challenges to equitable access to end of life care for Canadians. She will then engage the audience in relational ethical analyses of the ethical impact of access challenges, and MAID as an evolving access option. Further, she will highlight considerations of the possible moral impacts of MAID for health care providers and health care organizations. In closing, she will point to leadership initiatives that physicians and other health care providers can promote for relational ethical practice in end of life care overall.

The Office of Professional Development (OPD), Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows OPD to assign credits for educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.