8th International Clinical Ethics Conference - 30 & 31 Oct 2018

The 8th Clinical Ethics Conference — Mental Health: Challenges in Clinical Ethics is a collaboration between the mental health clinicians from various local institutions and CENTRES, and will be held on 30 & 31 October 2018 at Kent Ridge Guild House.

The aim of the Conference is to train clinical ethics committee (CEC) members, CEC administrators, and healthcare practitioners working with vulnerable populations on best practices and processes in clinical ethics. The Conference will be a platform where participants can discuss, share, and learn from one another on the challenges of caring for individuals with mental health issues, focusing on the following areas:

  • Mental capacity assessment and autonomy
  • Confidentiality and duty to report
  • Vulnerable populations and their rights

This conference will explore ways in which CEC members and administrators, healthcare practitioners, and other stakeholders could ensure adequate protections for vulnerable populations (the elderly, children and mental health), balancing their right to decide with duty of care.

The Primers will address the following:

  • Mental capacity assessments, informed consent and refusing treatment
  • The legal and ethical considerations in the duty to report
  • Duty of confidentiality
  • The ethics of treating vulnerable populations

The Roundtable discussions will consist of the following tracks:

  • Mental capacity assessment and refusing treatment
  • Minors and other vulnerable persons right to decide
  • Confidentiality and healthcare professionals duty of report
  • Informed consent and vulnerable populations

Day 1 (30 Oct 2018)

Time Programme Proposed Speakers
0830 to 0840

Welcome address

Prof Vikki Entwistle
Director
Centre for Biomedical Ethics, NUS
Session 1 – Mental Capacity Assessments, Informed Consent & Treatment Refusals
0840 to 0910

Primer 1

Mental capacity assessments for treatment

Dr Giles Tan Ming Yee
Senior Consultant
Dept of Developmental Psychiatry, IMH
0910 to 0940

Primer 2

Informed consent to treatment in psychiatry

A/P Michael Robertson
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Sydney
0940 to 1000

Primer 3

Refusal of treatment in medical/surgical patients

Dr Tan Sheng Neng
Consultant
Dept of Psychological Medicine, CGH
1000 to 1030

TEA BREAK

1030 to 1230

Roundtable 1

Case discussions

Various facilitators from CBmE
1230 to 1330

LUNCH

Session 2 – Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Duty to Report
1330 to 1400

Primer 1

Elder abuse and caregiver burnout

Dr Ng Wai Chong
Chief, Clinical Affairs
Tsao Foundation
1400 to 1430

Primer 2

Childhood sexual abuse

A/Prof John Wong Chee Meng
Head
Dept of Psychological Medicine, NUH
1430 to 1500

Primer 3

Duty of care & duty to report

Ms Kuah Boon Theng
Managing Director
Legal Clinic LLC
1500 to 1530

TEA BREAK

1530 to 1720

Roundtable 2

Case discussions

Various facilitators from CBmE
1720 to 1730

Wrap up and end of Day 1

Day 2 (31 Oct 2018)

Time Programme Proposed Speakers
Session 3 – Duty of Confidentiality
0840 to 0910

Primer 1

Duty of confidentiality

Ms Luo Ling Ling
Partner
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing
0910 to 0940

Primer 2

Adult caregivers and confidentiality

A/Prof Wong Kim Eng
Emeritus Consultant
National Addictions Management Service, IMH
0940 to 1000

Primer 3

Electronic Medical Records

Ms Sumytra Menon
Senior Assistant Director
Centre for Biomedical Ethics, NUS
1000 to 1030

TEA BREAK

1030 to 1230

Roundtable 3

Case discussions

Various facilitators from CBmE
1230 to 1330

LUNCH

Session 4 – Ethics of Treating Vulnerable Patients
1330 to 1400

Primer 1

Elderly – "I have lived long enough"

Adj A/Prof Aaron Ang
Senior Consultant
Dept of Psychological Medicine, TTSH
1400 to 1430

Primer 2

Eating disorder – "I do not like myself"

Dr Ng Kah Wee
Consultant & Director, Eating Disorders Programme
Dept of Psychiatry, SGH
1430 to 1500

Primer 3

Children – "I can decide for myself"

Dr Jared Ng
Consultant
Dept of Developmental Psychiatry, IMH
1500 to 1530

TEA BREAK

1530 to 1720

Roundtable 4

Case discussions

Various facilitators from CBmE
1720 to 1730

Closing remarks

Prof Vikki Entwistle
Director
Centre for Biomedical Ethics, NUS

Speakers

Dr Aaron Ang Lye Poh

Dr Ang is a Senior Consultant in the Department of Psychological Medicine. His specialty is in psychogeriatric and he works closely with other Geriatricians at TTSH. His interest lies in BPSD and issues related to mental capacity.


Ms Kuah Boon Theng

Ms Kuah Boon Theng is the Managing Director of Legal Clinic LLC. Appointed Senior Counsel in January 2018, she has more than 25 years’ experience in litigation and is a domain specialist in medical and healthcare law. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Medical Ethics and Law from the University of London (King’s College Centre for Medical Law and Ethics).

Boon Theng’s experience spans the full spectrum of legal work in the healthcare field, from serving on ethics committees to advising healthcare institutions, professional bodies and representing them in mediation and legal proceedings. She is an adjunct lecturer in medical law and ethics with various tertiary institutions in Singapore. She has been recognised for her volunteer work on the National Cancer Centre Hospital Medifund Committee and also as Honorary Legal Advisor to the Singapore Medical Association. She is currently also Honorary Legal Advisor to the Academy of Medicine.


Ms Luo Ling Ling

Ling Ling is a Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. She has 10 years of experience in the legal industry.

Early into her legal career, Ling Ling conducted trials and appeals on her own as lead counsel in court. Ling Ling was a litigator in a large law firm and a boutique construction law firm. In private practice, Ling Ling represented local and international clients in high value litigation cases.

During her engagement in the Singapore civil service, Ling Ling served in the Office of the Public Guardian, Ministry of Social and Family Development, as a Policy Advisor and later became Assistant Director, Legal. She was appointed as an Assisting Counsel on the Legal Aid Scheme for Capital Offences in February 2012. Notably, she was appointed Amicus Curiae by the High Court in the case of PP v Gunasilan (2017), to conduct cross-examination of the Prosecution’s witness in a capital offence.


Ms Sumytra Menon

Sumytra Menon is a Senior Assistant Director at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and Programme Director of Clinical Ethics Network + Research Ethics Support (CENTRES). Sumy is a lawyer by training with an interest in the law at the end of life, and clinical and research ethics. She was recently involved in developing the materials for MOH's consultation with healthcare professionals on the national electronic health record.


Dr Jared Ng

Dr Jared Ng is a consultant psychiatrist working at the Institute of Mental Health. He helps oversee the hospital’s emergency services and is also the program director of a community mental health program in Singapore. He had served as a military psychiatrist for the Singapore Armed Forces and was involved in various humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. He was deployed to Yogyakarta, Indonesia following the earthquake in 2006 and also to Afghanistan in 2009.

Dr Jared Ng obtained his Master of Public Health from Harvard University and is interested in mental health promotion and illness prevention.


Dr Ng Kah Wee

Dr Ng Kah Wee is a Consultant with the Singapore General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Eating Disorders Programme. Dr. Ng has been part of the organising committee for the annual Eating Disorder Public Forum for previous years, held in conjunction with the eating disorder awareness week. She is involved in the Support for Eating Disorders Singapore (SEDS) as a speaker and facilitator. Dr. Ng graduated from the National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2004. She subsequently completed the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) and acquired her Specialist Accreditation. Dr. Ng was awarded the SingHealth HMDP Fellowship in Eating Disorder in 2013 at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, United Kingdom.


Dr Ng Wai Chong

Dr. Ng Wai Chong is the Chief, Clinical Affairs of Tsao Foundation. His areas of practice and research interest include primary health care for the frail, elder mistreatment, end-of-life care, comprehensive geriatric assessment and community-based long term care. He is currently a member of MSF-Adult Protection Team. Dr Ng also volunteers on the Medical Advisory Board of Ren Ci Hospital and Nectar Care Services.


Dr Michael Robertson

Dr Robertson is a Clinical Associate Professor of Mental Health Ethics at Sydney Health Ethics and a visiting Professorial Fellow at the Sydney Jewish Museum. His clinical work is in Occupational Psychiatry and Civil Forensic Psychiatry. He had worked previously in acute adult and community psychiatry for 20 years and had been a previous Head of Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital a major teaching hospital in Sydney. He is the coordinator of the “Ethics and Mental Health” component of the Sydney Bioethics Program one of the few formal structured psychiatric teaching programs globally. From 2009-12 he led a grant funded research program examining involuntary psychiatric treatment in the community. He is co-author of the book Ethics and Mental Health- the patient, profession and community published in 2013 by CRC press.


Dr Giles Tan Ming Yee

Dr Giles Tan Ming Yee is a Neurodevelopmental Psychiatrist and Senior Consultant at the Department of Developmental Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health and Visiting Consultant at the Department of Psychological Medicine at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital. He holds teaching appointments with the three local medical schools and is Associate Programme Director of the National Psychiatry Residency Programme. He is also Treasurer of the College of Psychiatrist (Academy of Medicine Singapore), Vice-President of the Singapore Psychiatric Association and a Board Member of Mamre Oaks, a non-profit voluntary welfare organisation providing day activities for people with intellectual disabilities.


Dr Tan Sheng Neng

Dr Tan Sheng Neng is the Director of the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service, Department of Psychological Medicine, Changi General Hospital, Singapore. He is also an Assistant Director (Psych) to the Integrated Sleep Service, Changi General Hospital (SingHealth Duke-NUS Sleep Centre), and his work involves developing mental health programmes to enhance the mental well-being of patients.

Dr Tan is also passionate in the education of young doctors. He has received the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS) Dean’s Teaching Award (2015), Best Educator Award for Medical – Undergraduate Education (2015) and Best SingHealth Doctors Award (2008 & 2009).


A/Prof John Wong Chee Meng

A/Prof John Wong graduated from National University of Singapore in 1987, and completed his specialist training in psychiatry at the National University Hospital, Institute of Mental Health and Tan Tock Seng Hospital in 1998. He was awarded Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1992, and exited from Advanced Specialty (Psychiatry) training program in 1995. He is also a trained Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, having graduated with a Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Merit) from University of London in 2002. His clinical training assignment includes Child Guidance Clinic (Institute of Mental Health, Singapore), Bloomfield Center Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Clinic (Guy's Hospital, London) and the Department of Child Psychiatry (Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley, London). His clinical interests include Child & Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Prof Wong Kim Eng

Emeritus Consultant Wong Kim Eng is a pioneer in the field of psychiatry in Singapore. She has had an illustrious career at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), and has mentored psychiatrists and clinician scientists, many of whom have become outstanding clinicians. She was the Chairperson of the Mental Health Committee which produced Singapore’s first ever National Mental Health Blueprint. She has been chairing the IMH Hospital Ethics Committee for the past decade.

Venue

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 from Mondays to Fridays. There is all-day free parking on weekends and Public Holidays.

Registration is now closed!

Registration Fees
There will be no fee for participants. Because of this, seats are limited to 120 pax for each day.

Registration Deadline
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and will close on 7 September 2018 or when all seats are filled, whichever is earlier.

Group Bookings
Please email us for more information before registering.

Cancellations
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.

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

Miss Nurul Izzati
DID: +65-6601 1209
Email: mednimn@nus.edu.sg

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

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