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Ethical Issues and Transitions in Care Planning

Event Date: 
April 30, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Transitions-in-care planning is a daily activity filled with many ethical challenges. These challenges extend from the bedside, to boardrooms and to legislative levels. Transitions-in-care planning has a significant and lasting impact on people in need of care, their families, practitioners and healthcare and raises serious ethical issues.
The aim of this symposium is to make recommendations for structural improvement to the system that will benefit both patients and health care workers, relieving moral distress.
  • Bob Parke, Transitions-in-care Planning and Moral Distress
  • Bridget Campion, Transitions-in-care Planning: Patient-centred?
  • Jane Meadus, The Elderly and Transitions-in-care Planning
  • Rory Fisher, Concluding Remarks
This symposium is free and all are cordially invited to attend. Please register by phone at 416-926-2335 or E-mail to
Bridget Campion, PhD, is a bioethicist and researcher with the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto. She also teaches at Sacred Heart College in Peterborough. For many years Dr. Campion worked as a clinical ethicist in hospitals in Toronto and continues to practise as a health care ethics consultant, researching, writing, and lecturing about issues in bioethics.
Dr. Rory Fisher, MB, FRCP(Ed)(C), is Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and a member of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He was Director of the Interdepartmental Division of Geriatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Director of the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto. A former member of the National Advisory Council on Aging, Dr Fisher has been President of both the Canadian Association on Gerontology and the Canadian Society of Geriatric Medicine, and a Council Member of the International Association on Gerontology. Dr. Fisher was formerly President of the St. Joseph Moscati Toronto Catholic Doctors Guild and is currently the Vice-President for the Toronto and SW Ontario Region of the Canadian Association of the Order of Malta. He is also a member of CCBI’s Advisory Council.
Dr. Moira McQueen, LLB, MDiv, PhD, graduated in law from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. After her Master of Divinity Degree from the Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael's College and the Toronto School of Theology, she earned a Ph. D in moral theology, also from St. Michael's. She has been teaching moral theology at the Faculty of Theology since 1994. Dr. McQueen was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute in July, 2004. 
Jane E. Meadus is a staff lawyer and the Institutional Advocate at Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE). She represents clients in long-term care homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities and care homes (retirement homes) with respect to related legal issues. Jane has a B.A. Anthropology from McMaster University, an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1993. Jane practiced in the private bar until joining the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly in 1995. Jane is the author of Chapter 9: Medical Issues, Housing Costs and Special Care Arrangements: Practical Considerations in the loose-leaf service Financial & Estate Planning for the Mature Client. She is a contributing author to Long-Term Care Facilities in Ontario: The Advocate's Manual published by the ACE. Jane is a regular speaker at educational seminars and before various groups. Jane is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies.
Bob Parke, BA, BSW, MSW, MHSc Bioethics, is the bioethicist at Humber River Regional Hospital where he provides ethics consultations for patients, families and staff. Bob has a keen interest in the day-to-day ethical issues related to transitions in care planning, integration and continuity of care across all points of care as well as advance care planning. He is active in the Research Ethics Board and involved in organizational ethics activities such as co-chairing Humber River Hospital’s Advance Care Planning Steering Committee. In addition, Bob is a board member of St. Clair West Services to Seniors, a position in keeping with Bob’s goal to bring bioethics support and engagement into the community and long-term care centres.
Carr Hall
Father Madden Auditorium
University of St Michael’s College
100 St. Joseph Street


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