Pre Conference Workshop


Pre Conference Workshop 1: Paediatric Ethics

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2019
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Venue: Spier Conference Centre
International Delegate Rate: R400
South African Delegates and LMIC rate **: R200
Refer to website for list of low-middle income countries:




Dr Agnihotri BISWAS, MRCPCH (UK), MD (Paed)
Senior Consultant, Department of Neonatology, Khoo Teck Puat –National University Children’s Medical Institute, National University Hospital, Singapore Dr Biswas is a Neonatal intensivist and member of the hospital’s Pediatric Ethics and Advocacy Center (PEACe). He is involved in education and training of undergraduates and postgraduates in the areas of medical ethics and professionalism.


A/ Prof Calvin HO, JSD, MSc, LLM.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong Dr Calvin Ho is an Advocate & Solicitor and was Assistant Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Co-Head of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Bioethics in Singapore.


A/ Prof Roy JOSEPH, MMed (Paed), FRCPCH.
Associate Professor, Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore . Dr Joseph is a neonatal paediatrician and a clinical ethicist at the Khoo Teck Puat –National University Children’s Medical Institute, National University Hospital. He teaches Ethics, Professionalism and Communications to medical undergraduates, residents and hospital staff and chairs the hospital’s Paediatric Ethics and Advocacy Center and the National Medical Ethics Committee.


A/Prof Sharon KLING, MMed, FCPaed, MPhil (Applied Ethics)
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics and part-time lecturer Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Stellenbosch University. Sharon Kling is an associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Stellenbosch University. She has an MPhil in Applied Ethics and is currently enrolled for a PhD on Clinical Ethics Consultation. She is a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.


Dr Aishworiya RAMKUMAR, MRCPCH, MMed (Paed), MCI
Assistant Professor and Consultant, Department of Paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat –National University Children’s Medical Institute, National University Hospital, Singapore. Dr Aishworiya is a Developmental Paediatrician and member of the hospital’s Paediatric Ethics and Advocacy Center, with a special interest in end of life care and ethics of complementary and alternative medicine. Dr Aishworiya also does clinical research in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders.


Prof Daniel SIDLER, MD, MPhil (Applied Ethics), FCS(SA)
Professor Sidler was a consultant paediatric surgeon at the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital for over 19 years having worked previously at the Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital in Cape Town. He has been a professor in the Department of Surgery and is a part-time lecturer at the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at Stellenbosch University. Dr Sidler is currently a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at the Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt Hospital, Cape Town.


Pre Conference Workshop 2: Ethics in Patient Care

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2019
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Venue: Spier Conference Centre
International Delegate rate: R400
South African Delegates and LMIC rate: ** R200
Refer to website for list of low-middle income countries:

This workshop will explore the development of clinical ethics services globally including common problems and challenges facing the field. It will distinguish clinical ethics work from the better-known work of research ethics committees and discuss the evolution of the field. The workshop will be interactive. Each presentation will be followed by small group discussion of local clinical challenges that create ethical dilemmas. Presenters will offer examples of how a clinical ethics committee or ethics consultation service can help address these uncertainties. Groups will also brainstorm strategies for developing clinical ethics resources within individual participants’ institutional, cultural, social, and legal settings. Topics to be discussed include the typical functions of clinical ethics work (policy development and implementation, clinical ethics case consultation, and education of health professionals within the health care institution) as well as the educational and skill prerequisites for doing clinical ethics

  1. How to establish and nurture an ethics committee within the health care institution Gaining administrative and professional staff support and “buy-in” Overview of typical ethics committee structures and operations – operating guidelines, locus within the health care institution administrative structure Strategies to develop the competence of ethics committee members in clinical ethics
  2. How to develop institutional policies in the area of ethics and strategies for successfully implementing ethics policies
  3. How clinical ethics services can effectively help health care professionals, patients, and their families to address Values conflicts arising in the course of patient care Common clinical ethics issues (informed consent/informed refusal; end of life care; substituted judgment, etc.) Complex decisions that arise in the course of patient care (when to withhold or withdraw medical treatment, clinical uncertainty regarding goals of care, etc.)
  4. Important Skills and minimum competence for ethics consultation




Prof George J. AGICH, PhD
George J. Agich, Ph.D. is an emeritus professor of philosophy. He was a pioneer in medical ethics education and clinical ethics consultation beginning in the late 1970s at Southern Illinois Medical School and the Cleveland Clinic. He worked to promote bioethics and clinical ethics internationally. He served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Bioethics Consultation, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the International Association of Bioethics as well as Chair of the 9th World Congress of Bioethics Program Committee. He held visiting professorships at the University of Basel, National Taiwan University, National University of Singapore, Radboud University, and the University of Padova. He consults on clinical ethics and research ethics and has served on National Institutes of Health review committees. His publications cover a wide range of topics including autonomy and aging, brain death, clinical ethics, ethics consultation, health policy, organ transplantation, and research ethics.


Dr Cynthia COLEMAN, DBe, RN, HEC-C
Dr. Cynthia Coleman is a senior clinical ethicist at the John J Lynch, MD Center for Ethics at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. She is also adjunct associate professor at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to earning her doctorate in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Coleman practiced as a Registered Nurse for 30+ years. Her areas of practice included Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care and Hospice. As a hospice nurse who worked with pediatric patients and their families, she assisted families of neonates with terminal diagnoses in the labor and delivery rooms as well as home hospice settings. As a full time ethicist at Medstar, a high risk obstetric center, she responds to ethics consults on actively laboring women, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and outpatient consults.


Dr Kurt MAART, MBChB, LLB, PG Dip (Health Management), Executive MBA
Dr Kurt Maart is a medical manager at Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town. He serves as Chair of the Tygerberg Clinical Ethics Committee. He has extensive global experience in hospital management, having previously worked at hospitals in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. After his law degree, he was admitted as an advocate in the High Court in 2003. Dr Maart serves on the Management Committee of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law and is the Chair of the Governing Board of the Centre.


Prof Anne-Marie SLOWTHER, MD, PhD
Prof Anne-Marie Slowther qualified in medicine in 1980 and her clinical area is general practice (family medicine). She has a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London and a DPhil in medical ethics from the University of Oxford. She was a founder member of the UK Clinical Ethics Network and has a part time post as clinical ethicist at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. She has run training workshops for members of clinical ethics committees throughout the UK for the past ten years. Her main areas of research interest are ethical decision making in clinical practice, provision of clinical ethics support, and research with vulnerable populations. She has also published on ethics in medical education. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of Clinical Ethics, the Governing Body of the UK Institute of Medical Ethics and the British Transplant Society Ethics Committee.