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4rth Edition of the Intensive Course on Justice and Priority Setting in Health Care
Leuven, Belgium, 20-23 March 2018

In the spring of 2018, the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (KU Leuven) organizes the fourth edition of the successful intensive course ‘Justice and Priority Setting in Health Care’. This course is an excellent occasion to reflect on present and future ethical challenges regarding choices in health care.
Keynote Speakers of the 2018 edition will be Prof. Dr. Greg Bognar (Stockholm University), who will be talking about the ‘Ethics of Health Care Rationing’, and Prof. Dr. Em. Ruud Ter Meulen (University of Bristol), who will be guiding us throughout the issue of ‘Justice and Solidarity in Health Care’.
The background and starting point of this course is the fact that contemporary health care systems face many challenges, which essentially boil down to the following question: How can we reconcile (1) the principle of justice and equity for all, with (2) the assignment of providing good quality care, and (3) the principle of economic sustainability? The objective of this intensive course is to analyse the key issues at stake, both from a theoretical perspective and from the perspective of applied ethical questions.

This course works from an interdisciplinary perspective. During four days, an international group of philosophers, economists, theologians, physicians, pharmacologists, psychologists, lawyers, policy makers and health care managers, will focus on the issue of justice and priority setting in health care (micro, meso and macro level). There will be time for intensive discussions and exchange of ideas.
The course is of interest to participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as medicine, nursing, philosophy, economy, sociology and theology and is open to health care workers, health care ethicists, people from the healthcare administration, health care managers, board members, policy makers, as well as to PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas.

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Advanced European bioethics course “Suffering, Death and Palliative Care”
Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 20-23 March, 2018

The section of Healthcare Ethics, department IQ healthcare, (Radboudumc university medical centre) organizes the 20th edition of the advanced European bioethics course ‘Suffering, Death and Palliative Care’ from March 20-23, 2018.

Objective of this course is to educate the participants on two main aspects: ethical questions of palliative care and medically assisted death, and philosophical, theological and medical reflections on the concepts of death and suffering. Attitudes towards death and dying, and the ethical aspects of continuing or foregoing medical treatment, and of medically assisted death receive considerable attention in this course. In addition, the dimensions of spirituality, rituals and intercultural diversity are covered.

This course deals with a variety of topics in the domain of palliative care: autonomy and dependence; scientific research in palliative care; palliative sedation and euthanasia; death, suffering and palliative care; quality of life and a good death; spirituality and palliative care and cultural aspects of death and dying. There will be time for intensive discussions.

This course is designed for participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as nursing, medicine, health care administration, ethics, philosophy, theology and pastoral care, and PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas.

Location: Radboud university medical centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Language: English. Price: Euro (€) 690 for registration before February 1st, 2018, Euro (€) 790 for registration on or after this date.

For more information or registration, please follow the links or contact: Simone Naber: Tel: +31 (0) 24 - 3613359/ +31 (0) 24 - 3615320. For updates and the latest news follow us on twitter: @palcarecourse.

12th Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees
Dakar, Senegal from 22-24 March 2018

The Global Health Ethics Unit at WHO provides the permanent secretariat for the Global Summit. This is a biennial forum for national bioethics representatives to share information and experiences on ethical issues in health and public health. It is a platform for discussion and formulates consensus on a wide range of prominent ethical topics.

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