Fall Conference 2012

Affirming an Ethic of Care:
Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Persons
October 12, 2012

Fall Conference 2012 Brochure


8:00 a.m.Registration and Refreshments
8:45 a.m.Morning Prayer with Catholic Health Association of Ontario
9:00 a.m.Welcoming Remarks
9:10 a.m.Opening Address
Dr. Daniel P. Sulmasy
Dignity, Vulnerability, and the Care of the Patient
10:10 a.m.Question and Answer Period
10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m.Presentation
Len M. Wood
Nothing About Us, Without Us – Recovery
11:45 a.m.Question and Answer Period
12:00 p.m.Lunch with Musical Interlude
1:00 p.m.Presentation
Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
From Bedside to Policy: Addressing Challenges in Inner City Health
2:00 p.m.Question and Answer Period
2:15 p.m.Refreshment Break
2:30 p.m.Closing Address
Prof. Margaret Somerville
Human like me? Vulnerable Persons as “Non-Persons”
3:30 p.m.Question and Answer Period
3:50 p.m.Closing Comments


Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD, FACP
Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School and Associate Director, the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, the University of Chicago
Dignity, Vulnerability, and the Care of the Patient
The talk will explore the notions of dignity and vulnerability and the relationship between these two concepts, connecting them to a spirituality and ethic of Christian health care. The vulnerability of the health care professional will also be addressed.

Len M. Wood
Consumer/Survivor (Mental Health & Addictions), President of MDAO (Mood Disorders Association of Ontario)
Nothing About Us, Without Us – Recovery
This presentation will explain the recovery concept, the need for inclusiveness, the need to develop listening skills and the difference between helping and serving.

Vicky Stergiopoulos, MSc, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Clinician Scientist and Psychiatrist-In-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
From Bedside to Policy: Addressing Challenges in Inner City Health
What are the challenges to care at the individual, program and system levels for socially and economically disadvantaged populations?

What have we learned from research, clinical experience, and the voices of people with lived experience and their families? How can we redesign our system of care for some of the most vulnerable people in our community? How can we most effectively advocate at the individual and system levels? These are some of the questions that Dr. Stergiopoulos will address, drawing from her clinical, research and administrative roles and national and provincial health policy frameworks.

Margaret Somerville, AM, FRSC, DCL
Professorships in the Faculty of Law (Samuel Gale Chair) and the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal and Founding Director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law
Human like me? Vulnerable Persons as “Non-Persons”
Is the marginalization and killing of others possible, palpable, and justifiable because these others are no longer considered human? Does the human tendency to “dis-identify” from and “depersonalize” others provide us with justification for abdicating responsibility in face of the other? Is legalizing physician assisted suicide another expression of this dis-identification?

These questions will provide the backdrop to Prof. Somerville’s presentation. Drawing on the report entitled “Dying with Dignity”, a document tabled by an all-party select committee on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Quebec, Prof. Somerville will unpack the meaning of the document in relation to meeting the needs of vulnerable persons.

Registration Information

Registration Fee:
(Includes Lunch and Refreshment Breaks)
Regular Rate: $150.00
Reduced Rate: $75.00
Seniors, Full-Time Students, CHAO Conference Registrants, & CCE Affiliates
(Centre for Clinical Ethics Affiliates include: Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, Pembroke Regional Hospital, Rouge Valley Health System, Runnymede Healthcare Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Sudbury, St. Joseph’s Health System Hamilton, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, and West Park Healthcare Centre)

Please make cheque(s) payable to:
Centre for Clinical Ethics

For more information please contact:
Lynda Sullivan, Centre for Clinical Ethics
Telephone: (416) 530-6750
Fax: (416) 530-6621
E-mail: lsullivan@stjoestoronto.ca

For hotel reservations please call:
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto
475 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario
(416) 924-0611

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