9th International Clinical Ethics Conference - 30 Sep & 1 Oct 2019

This conference – Recent legal developments and their implications for healthcare practice – aims to provide a learning and networking opportunity for healthcare professionals, clinical ethics committee (CEC) members, and CEC administrators interested in clinical ethics skills and responsibilities. The focus for this 9th annual conference is on recent developments in health law and their implications for professional obligations and practice. Participants can expect to hear from local and international experts and discuss key issues in clinical ethics with colleagues from across Singapore.

The themes for the conference sessions are as follows:

  • Data security and the duty of care: challenges associated with electronic health records
  • Informed consent and the duty to advise: what matters most?
  • Institutional and professional liability: systemic challenges to good patient care
  • Family contributions to care: questions of confidentiality

The conference format consists of a series of short primers, roundtable analyses, and panel discussions. Invited international and local experts will present concise primers to introduce the conference themes. The primers or panel discussions will be followed by roundtable case analyses where participants will have the opportunity to share their perspectives. At the end of each roundtable discussion, participants will reconvene and share their thoughts and insights, including suggesting policy and practice recommendations moving forward.

Day 1 (30 Sep 2019, Monday)

Time Programme Speakers
0830 to 0840

Welcome address

Prof Vikki Entwistle
Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore
Session 1 – Data security and duty of care: challenges associated with electronic health records
0840 to 0910

Primer 1

Exploring the challenges of electronic patient records: implications for patient care

Dr Claudia Pagliari
Senior Lecturer
University of Edinburgh
0910 to 0940

Primer 2

Privacy and oversight: how should electronic health records be regulated?

Ms Rebecca Chew
Deputy Managing Partner
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLPMr Steve Tan
Deputy Head
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
0940 to 1010


1010 to 1210

Roundtable 1

Case discussions

Various facilitators from CBmE
1210 to 1240

Primer 3

Ethics when going digital

A/Prof Low Cheng Ooi
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Ministry of Health
1240 to 1340


Session 2 – Informed consent and duty to advise: What matters most?
1340 to 1410

Primer 1

How much information is enough?

Prof A Kumaralingam
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
1410 to 1510

Panel discussion

Listening to patients and shared decision-making

Prof Vikki Entwistle
Prof A KumaralingamMs Siti Mariam Bte Mohamad Salim
Senior Medical Social Worker
Sengkang General Hospital

Ms Pham Thi Ngoc Anh
Advanced Practice Nurse
KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Dr Tan Choon Chieh
Senior Consultant
Sengkang General Hospital

1510 to 1540


1540 to 1710

Roundtable 2

Case discussions

Various facilitators from CBmE
1710 to 1720

Wrap up and end of Day 1

Day 2 (1 Oct 2019, Tuesday)

Time Programme Speakers
Session 3 – Institutional and professional liability: systemic challenges to good patient care
0900 to 0930

Primer 1

Institutional responsibility

Ms Vanessa Lim
Senior Partner
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
0930 to 1000

Primer 2

Doctors’ Ethical Code and Guidelines in the Real World of Clinical Practice

Dr Tan Chi Chiu
Gastroenterologist, Medical Director and Senior Consultant
Gastroenterology & Medicine International
1000 to 1030

Primer 3

Overcoming system issues to provide optimal patient care

Dr Jeremy Lim
Oliver Wyman
1030 to 1100


1100 to 1215

Panel discussion

Case discussions

Dr Jeremy Lim
Ms Vanessa Lim
Dr Tan Chi Chiu
1215 to 1330


Session 4 – Family contributions to care: questions of confidentiality
1330 to 1400

Primer 1

The right to privacy and confidentiality

Mr Edmund Kronenburg
Managing Partner
Braddell Brothers
1400 to 1430

Primer 2

When can I breach confidentiality?

Dr Neo Han Yee
Deputy Head & Senior Consultant
Department of Palliative Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
1430 to 1500


1500 to 1615

Panel discussion

Big picture wrap up

1615 to 1630

Wrap up and end of Day 2


Prof Amirthalingam Kumaralingam

Kumaralingam Amirthalingam is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He has previously served as Vice-Dean and Director of the Asian Law Institute, and is the past-Chair of the NUS Teaching Academy. He is also on the Teaching Faculty of the Singapore Medical Association Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism. Kumar spent two years on secondment to the Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Director (Research & Policy). He teaches Criminal Law and Tort law, and researches on public prosecution and medical negligence.

Ms Rebecca Chew

Rebecca Chew is a Deputy Managing Partner in Rajah and Tann. Her expertise includes disciplinary proceedings for medical professionals and medical malpractice. She actively advises medical institutions and healthcare boards as well as medical practitioners in the area of medical ethics, malpractice and management. She is a Domain B member of the National Healthcare Group DSRB and has been actively involved in the ethical review of clinical trial protocols. Rebecca has represented a number of statutory boards in disciplinary proceedings and in advising them on various issues involving administration of complaints.

Prof Vikki Entwistle

Vikki Entwistle joined the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in July 2018 as Director and Professor of Bioethics. She was previously Professor of Health Services Research and Ethics at the University of Aberdeen. Vikki is particularly interested in the ethical tensions that arise in the pursuit of healthcare that is good in multiple senses at once (e.g. safe and effective and person-centred and fair). Currently, Vikki also serves as the Co-Director for WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics, and is an editorial board member for several publications. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Honorary Professor at the University of Aberdeen.

Mr Edmund Kronenburg

Edmund is the Managing Partner of Braddell Brothers LLP (founded 1883). He appears as counsel in the Singapore courts and in international arbitrations. He also sits as an Arbitrator in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Hong Kong. His practice includes Commercial Litigation & Arbitration, Injunctions and Medical Negligence & Misconduct. He represents the SMC in disciplinary hearings, and patients in medical negligence lawsuits before the Singapore courts. These include four landmark cases before the Singapore Court of Appeal and Court of Three Judges. Edmund has guest lectured on medical negligence at DUKE-NUS since 2009 and is also an AMS Honorary Legal Advisor and teaching-faculty member of the SMA CMEP.

Dr Jeremy Lim

Dr. Jeremy Lim (MD, MPH) is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Singapore office. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, he trained in surgery and public health. Jeremy is also active in academia, holding appointments at several universities, and in 2013 authored Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System, a book that draws lessons from the Singapore health system for health reform efforts in other countries. He currently chairs the steering committee of NIHA (NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia), and sits on several advisory boards. He is also a volunteer physician with HealthServe, a Singapore NGO catering to the health needs of migrant workers.

Ms Vanessa Lim

Vanessa Lim is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. Vanessa has a particular interest in professional negligence, and focuses on medical malpractice. She has advised and acted for hospitals and doctors in medical negligence suits in the Supreme Court of Singapore. She also represents medical practitioners in professional disciplinary proceedings commenced by the Singapore Medical Council and advises them on regulatory investigations. Vanessa was awarded a LL.M. in Medical Law (Distinction) from King's College London and was also the prize-winner for best student in the LL.M. in Medical Law course in 2011.

A/Prof Low Cheng Ooi

A/Prof Low Cheng Ooi is an orthopaedic surgeon by training. He was appointed Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Changi General Hospital, from 2002-2007 and as Chairman, Medical Board, Changi General Hospital, from 2007-2012. During his tenure as Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Singhealth (2008-2012), he was responsible for rolling out the EMR in the cluster. A/Prof Low currently is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) of Ministry of Health (MOH), Singapore. As the CMIO of MOH, his work involves policy development and overseeing the operations of the National Electronic Health Record (NEHR) system in Singapore and other national Health IT programmes.

Ms Siti Mariam Bte Mohamad Salim

Siti is a Principal Medical Social Worker at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH). Having had many years of experience supporting patients and families in both crisis/trauma-related, and end-of-life issues, she currently supports the hospital’s Emergency Department and ICU. Siti set up the Advance Care Planning (ACP) service in SKH and has been part of the AIC ACP Training & Curriculum Workgroup for many years. She also conducts training on communications and counselling skills, with special interest in trauma and grief. Siti currently sits on the hospital’s Clinical Ethics Committee.

Dr Neo Han Yee

Dr Neo is currently the Deputy Head and Senior Consultant with the Department of Palliative Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He completed his specialisation in Geriatrics Medicine and Palliative Medicine in 2012 and 2014 respectively. In 2015, he was awarded a HMDP to further his interest in Clinical Ethics. He is currently the deputy co-chairperson of TTSH’s Clinical Ethics Committee. Additionally, he holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. Dr Neo’s research interests include prognostication and palliative treatment of breathlessness in non-malignant lung diseases.

Ms Pham Thi Ngoc Anh

Ahn is an Advanced Practice Nurse in Paediatric Oncology. She provides daily inpatient assessments, care plans and evaluation for children with various paediatric oncological conditions (including those undergoing haematopoeitic stem cell transplant). Part of her clinical role also includes running the General Haematology Oncology Clinic, for which she provides continuation of care and management for stable oncology/ haematology patients. She also works closely with a team of oncology physicians to transit long-term survivor cases to appropriate settings for post-acute oncology treatment, and provide care for palliative oncology patients. She obtained her Master of Nursing (APN) from NUS in 2017.

Dr Claudia Pagliari

Dr Pagliari is a senior scientist within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh, where she directs the eHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group and the MSc in Global eHealth. Her research involves the study and evaluation of emerging digital innovations, large-scale health IT programmes, new forms of data for science, ICT for global health system strengthening and ethical research and innovation. Dr Pagliari has a PhD in Psychology and was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2010. She is also a founding member of the NHS Digital Academy and has held advisory roles in various international organisations.

Mr Steve Tan

Steve is a Partner and Deputy Head in Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice group. In Legal 500 2019, Steve is cited as being “one of the gurus in the field of data protection”. He was picked as a top 30 individual practitioner worldwide for Privacy and Data Protection in Best of the Best Global Expert Guide 2019 and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in various ranking lists, including The International Who’s Who of Data. Steve has also been appointed Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law (NUS) to teach Privacy & Data Protection law.

Dr Tan Chi Chiu

Dr. Tan Chi Chiu is a Gastroenterologist in Gleneagles Medical Centre. Dr Tan is Chairman of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University, sits on multiple boards, and is a member of the National Telemedicine Guidelines Review Committee. He was also previously executive director of the Singapore International Foundation. He is alumnus of Harvard Business School through the Advanced Management Program (where he was elected Valedictorian) and he is a Columbia certified professional Executive and Organisational Coach. He has just retired from the Singapore Medical Council after 18 years as an elected member, but remains Chairman of the SMC’s Medical Ethics Committee.

Dr Tan Choon Chieh

Dr Tan Choon Chieh finished his general surgical training in 2010 and went on to complete a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at National Cancer Centre Singapore. This was followed by a HMDP fellowship at Seoul National University Hospital where he obtained further training in endoscopic and robotic thyroidectomy. Besides managing common general surgical conditions and gastrointestinal endoscopy, Dr Tan has a special interest in thyroid, parathyroid and salivary gland surgery. He is also active in medical education and is one of the curriculum planners for the General Surgery Department's training program for junior doctors.

The Conference will be held at the NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House, National University of Singapore. The Guild House is managed by the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS), and is part of the Alumni Complex.

Address: 9 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119241 (Google Maps)
Tel: (65) 6779 1811


How to Get Here

(A) By Public Transport

Nearest MRT Station: Kent Ridge

Public bus services: 10, 30, 51, 95, 96, 143, 151, 176, 183, 188 and 200

NUS Internal Shuttle Bus: Bus A1 from Kent Ridge MRT or or B1 from Kent Ridge Bus Terminal. Alight at AS7, Computing Drive.

(B) By car

From Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), take the Clementi Road exit. Turn left into NUS Entrance B and keep right. Turn right into Kent Ridge Drive. NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House is on the left.

Carpark 15 is available for parking just across the road from NUSS KRGH. Purchase a car park coupon from the reception counter at $3.60 for all-day parking at Carpark 15.

Registration is closed!

Registration Fees
There will be a nominal fee of $80.25 for each participant. The fee is the same whether you attend one or both days.

Registration Deadline
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and will close on 18 September 2019 or when all seats are filled, whichever is earlier.

Group Bookings
Please email us for more information before registering.

Please only register if you are sure you will be able to attend. If your schedule has changed, please notify us straightaway so we can release your seat to others. Refunds are on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the Conference Organizers.

If you have any queries about the conference, please contact the Conference Secretariat:

Ms Cheryl Lee

Ms Nurul Izzati

Disclaimer: NUS will use your personal data for administration purposes only pertaining to this and future events that we may organize. NUS will not provide third parties with any of your personal data or use it for any other purpose unless we are required to by law. By registering for this event, you consent to the collection and storage of your data. If you wish to amend your personal data kept by NUS or withdraw your consent, please contact centres@nus.edu.sg and we will respond to you within 3 working days.