An exploration of moral decision making as it relates to the health care professions, with attention to specific issues, including:
Care of Persons at the End of Life
Decision Making and the Dying Person
Attending to Differences and Distress in Decision Making
Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration
Advance Care Planning
Ordinary/Proportionate Care and Extraordinary/Disproportionate Care,
Refusal and Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Technologies
Euthanasia/Medical Assistance in Dying
Non-Beneficial Treatment/Medical Futility
The sessions aim to provide participants with an understanding of the basic principles undergirding Catholic ethical reflection, particularly with regard to end of life issues. Participants will be given a forum to discuss ethical issues that arise in a Catholic health care facility. Each participant will receive the Health Care Ethics Guide, the official teaching of the Canadian Catholic Bishops on Bioethics matters, an important document that serves to guide moral decision-making in Catholic facilities.
These sessions would benefit anyone interested in understanding the basics of Catholic healthcare ethics, both Catholic and non-Catholic alike. The sessions will be especially helpful for those working in a Catholic healthcare facility in we particularly welcome nursing, social work, clergy, spiritual care professionals as well as those who may serve on ethics committees or hospital boards.