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Spreading the word about Ethics NSHA

By Margaret Angus, Senior Communications Advisor, NSHA 

It’s been my pleasure to provide communications support to Ethics Support, first within the former Capital Health and now within NSHA. As is the case with communicating any program or service, the challenge is successfully reaching those who need the information most – leaders and staff. Both groups are inundated with information daily, and must stay focused on the work at hand – caring either directly or indirectly for patients and clients. At the same time, they will inevitably face ethical issues. It’s important for them to know what supports are available to help them navigate ethical issues, and how to access these supports. Sharing messages about ethics support requires the use of both formal and informal communication channels.

Ethics NSHA offers “valuable insight, understanding and a helpful perspective to handle ethical issues.” But do NSHA employees, physicians, learners and volunteers know Ethics NSHA exists? How can local ethics committees let the NSHA community know what Ethics NSHA offers, and how to access these services?

  • Posters, customized for local use – Ethics NSHA has developed a series of five poster templates, one general and one for each of its service offerings:
    • Ethics Education
    • Policy Development and Review
    • Clinical Ethics Consultations
    • Organizational Ethics Support
Each poster has a space for local ethics committees to add local event details or information.
  • NSHA News – Produced every Tuesday (every two weeks during the summer) and distributed by email to all NSHA staff, NSHA News is a great place to share news of NSHA Ethics resources and events. With provincial news as well as news by zone, NSHA News can help you share ethics information provincially and/or locally. To submit, email Deadline: Monday at noon.
  • NSHA Intranet Events – Post your events to the NSHA Intranet by visiting: Events can be categorized by zone.
  • Time on local meeting agendas – Consider the existing meetings that occur in your local area. These could include manager or director meetings, staff or committee meetings. Where are there natural alignments with the work of Ethics NSHA? Inquire as to opportunities to speak or present at these meetings, even briefly. Consider leaving a card with your contact information behind so attendees can reach out to you later.

Ethics NSHA provides a valuable service to NSHA staff.

Let’s spread the word!


Ethics NSHA has developed a series of posters to help publicize the availability of ethics supports in NSHA, which can be customized with local information about ethics events and activities.  

If you're interested in using these, please contact the Acting Ethics NSHA Administrative Support Person, Krista Mleczko-Skerry, to obtain the PDF files.
Sample of panel Ethics NSHA poster
Sample of single Ethics NSHA poster

2017 NSHEN Annual Conference


Easier Said Than Done: Assessing Capacity for Informed Choice

October 31, 2017

10am-2pm (no fee)

Online Live Stream OR In-Person at Alt Hotel Halifax Airport

Followed up with workshops in each NSHA zone.

For more information, check our our conference page HERE


The objectives for the broadcast are:

  • Identify at least three factors that contribute to ethical challenges involving capacity that arise in health care practice
  • Describe best practice in assessing capacity
  • Describe the use and limitations of tools for assessing capacity
  • Analyze a case involving ethical challenges that arise alongside questions about capacity

Speakers are being finalized and will be announced soon!

New Book on Rural Health Ethics

In Rethinking Rural Health Ethics, the authors, Drs. Christy Simpson, Head, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University, and Fiona McDonald, Senior Lecturer, Australian Centre for Health Law Research Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, challenge readers to more deeply consider – and ultimately “rethink” – rural health ethics.

The book explores key values in the rural health context, including the values of community and place, and a need to “revalue” relationships.” This book is of interest to those working in health ethics, in rural health policy and governance, and to rural health providers.

Published by Springer as part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, Volume 72). The book is available as an E-book and in hardcover -
New Fireside Chat video now available!

Ethics Issues in Indigenous Health

Amy Bombay, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Department of Psychiatry
Dalhousie University

Ethics After Hours

New review available!

Our latest suggestion is the NPR Broadcast "Could You Kill A Robot?"

Could You Kill A Robot 

Will we one day create machines that are essentially just like us? People have been wrestling with that question since the advent of robotics. But maybe we’re missing another, even more   intriguing question: what can robots teach us about ourselves?

Could You Kill A Robot Discussion Questions

In ‘Ethics after Hours’ you will find suggestions for media entertainment including movies, short videos, and podcasts that raise ethical questions in relation to health, justice and society in general.

A discussion sheet is available with a short summary of the program and a list of questions to generate discussion. Go to the NSHEN 
‘Ethics after Hours’ page to see the latest suggestions for ethics related entertainment.

NSHEN has a small library of books, audiobooks and CD books available for reserving.

We have a variety of subjects and authors to choose from. 

1. Pick the book you want to reserve
2. Send an email with your mailing information
3. Book will be mailed out to you with a postage paid return envelope.


It's that simple! 


Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre

Upcoming Conference

Independent but Not Alone: Supported Decision Making and Adults with Difference Abilities

Two day conference, October 24-25, 2017.

Speakers include Dr MIchael Kendrick, Dr Marika Warren and Dr Christy Simpson. 

Please visit Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre for more information. 

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