Are you facing a Health Ethics Dilemma?
If treatment options do not agree with my values - what choices do I
How do I make the right choices for my family members if they are no longer able to
make choices for themselves?
What can I do when I feel like I am compromising my professional judgment or moral
beliefs in caring for a patient or client?
The Ethics Committee is comprised of volunteers from Brandon RHA, Assiniboine RHA
and the community at large, who have a broad base of experience and training. The Committee
partners with others to provide education and consultation on ethics, for health care providers and
patients/clients/residents and their families; as well as to provide input into policies and
approval of research studies.
"Decision making guided by ethics principles."
Provide ethics-related education for committee members, patients/clients/residents and
families, health care providers and community members.
Assist patients/clients/residents, family and professional staff to identify relevant
factors in the decision-making process, and to recognize the distinction between ethical and
medical management issues. Encourage shared decision-making and facilitate understanding of
the relative benefits and burdens of alternate choices. Consultation/advice shall be in accordance
with established procedures developed by the Committee.
Examine cases on a prospective or retrospective basis. (Prospective – attempts to
determine if current treatment decisions are conducted within ethically sound practices,
Retrospective - provides a forum for discussing past decisions, suggesting preferable decisions,
and making recommendations on handling cases in the future.)
Review/Approval of Research Proposals:
To review and ensure all research involving participation of human subjects meets ethical
requirements and has been approved by a recognized university prior to RHA approval.
Review relevant policies to identify existing or potential issues that have implications
for ethical decision-making, and make recommendations accordingly.
What is the Ethics Committee?
The Ethics Committee is a group of health professionals and community members from
Brandon and Assiniboine Regions who can assist individuals in working through ethical
Who can access the Committee?
Any member of the public or health staff in the Brandon and Assiniboine regions can
receive assistance from the Committee upon request. A request for consultation to the Ethics
Committee is confidential.
How to access the Committee:
If you would like to access the Ethics Committee you may simply contact the number
below or complete the attached form and forward it to the address below. Upon receiving your
request you will be contacted by a Committee member to further discuss your request with
Chairperson, Brandon RHA Ethics Committee
c/o Corporate Office
150A - 7th Street
Brandon MB R7A 7M2
Phone (204) 578-2305 Fax (204) 578-2820
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Monday to Friday