It's Health Ethics Week in Manitoba

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Tangled Webs event

Ethics Week in Manitoba

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Monday, February 28, 2011

Everyone is encouraged to think about how they interact with others during Health Ethics Week, celebrated in Manitoba from March 7 to 13.

Health Ethics Week is a time to explore ethical issues related to your health and well-being. Everyone has their own set of ethics, which are shaped by their experiences in life. When you interact with other people, their set of ethics will be different from yours.

“We all want to be ethical beings,” says Sheila Toews, the Director of Ethics Services with the Winnipeg Health Region. “Ethics is concerned with the value dynamics in human relationships. The relationship you enter into when you encounter the health care system involves ethics, and that’s something we’d like everyone to think about this week.”

Health Ethics Week events are happening all around Manitoba, including in hospitals, personal care homes and community health services agencies. This is the second year for the week in Manitoba, during which the Manitoba Provincial Health Ethics Network is working with the Alberta Provincial Health Network. The organizers of the week are encouraging everyone to focus on ethics, be it a question posed at a book club, or while a family is watching a favourite TV show.

Tonight, the Winnipeg Health Region’s Ethics Services is presenting a panel discussion called “Tangled Webs – the Sticky, Silken Threads of Truth Telling”. This discussion will focus on truth telling in everyday life and in health-care encounters.

The panel features:

  • Moderator Sheila Toews, Director of Ethics Services,
  • Dr. Aviva Goldberg, Ethics Medical Advisor
  • Nancy Brown and Jennifer Dunsford, coordinators with the Manitoba Provincial Health Ethics Network
  • Dr. Merril Pauls, Director of Ethics and Humanities, with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.

“The panelists will bring their perspective as experienced clinicians and their knowledge of ethics to the discussion,” says Toews. “They will speak to both the everyday and the extraordinary in the health-care encounter.”

Tangled Webs takes place at 7 p.m. tonight in the atrium at McNally Robinson Booksellers at Grant Park Shopping Centre.

For more information please visit the Manitoba Provincial Ethics Network.

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