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CONFERENCE ON ORGAN DONATION & TRANSPLANTATION – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for Key Policy Issues in Organ Donation & Transplantation, an online conference coming June 17–18. Spanning 10 panels over two days with speakers from medicine, law, policy, ethics, and patient partners. We hope to see you there!

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2021-04-09
HIRING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS FOR ORGAN DONATION/TRANSPLANTATION CONFERENCE

CHLPE is looking for two student research assistants with excellent legal research, writing and interpersonal skills to assist us with our annual conference, which will take place on June 17-18, 2021 (via zoom). This conference will involve nine panels on cutting edge topics in the law, ethics and policy of the Canadian organ donation and transplantation system.

Student responsibilities:

  • Attend the conference
  • Take detailed notes of the presentations and Q&A discussions at five of the panels
  • Prepare five “fast fact” documents (examples can be viewed here: https://cdtrp.ca/en/publications/fast-facts/).  These documents summarize and educate the public about the ethico-legal issues covered in the panels.

DEADLINE: April 30

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2021-03-11
TWO $15K LL.M. BURSARIES IN BIOMEDICAL LAW

Professor Jennifer Chandler is looking for two excellent researchers interested in doing their Masters in Law under her supervision at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. A research bursary of $15,000 is available for one student to participate in each of:

  • Legal Definition of Death in an Age of Techno-Scientific Change
  • Presumed Consent (Opt-Out) Systems for Organ Donation

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2021-03-11
MANDATORY CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMS: A ROLE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CONSCIENCE BELIEF EXEMPTIONS?

Mariette Brennan along with CHLPE members Kumanan Wilson and Vanessa Gruben are authors of this new paper, available freely on SSRN. Childhood immunization programs are vital for public health. This paper analyzes the constitutionality of religious and conscience belief exemptions in vaccination programs in terms of both routine childhood immunizations and in the case of a COVID-19 vaccine. The paper proposes ways to restructure religious and conscience belief exemptions and provides guidance on how to move childhood immunization programs forward in the COVID-19 era.

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2021-03-11
WHY SCHEDULING AND TRACKING ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE COVID VACCINE ROLLOUT

Dr. Kumanan Wilson appeared on the Hill Times Hot Room podcast to discuss how the technologies used to schedule and track the rollout are essential to ensuring that the largest healthcare intervention in human history runs smoothly.

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2021-03-11
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP MORE SUSTAINABLE HEALTH WORKFORCES

This commentary addresses the critically important role of health workers in their countries’ more immediate responses to COVID-19 outbreaks, and provides policy recommendations for more sustainable health workforces. Paradoxically, pandemic response plans in country after country often fail to explicitly address health workforce requirements and considerations...

Professor Ivy Bourgeault is first author on this new open-access publication in Human Resources for Health.

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2021-03-11
CANADA'S HEALTH WORKFORCE DIGITAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

Health workers are the foundation of all health systems. They account for more than 10% of all employed Canadians and over 2/3 of all health care spending, not including the personal and public cost to their training. That amounts to $175 billion in 2019, or nearly 8% of Canada’s GDP. Nonetheless, health workforce research secures less than 3% of health services and policy research funds, and investments in necessary data infrastructure from governments have not materialized. Canada lags behind comparable OECD countries including the U.K., Australia and the U.S. in terms of health workforce data and digital analytics. The gaps in our knowledge about the health workforce have especially been exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The consequences of poor health workforce data and science range from sub-optimal health workforce utilization to poor population health outcomes...

Professor Ivy Bourgeault writes in this white paper submitted to the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization.
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See also a related op-ed by Professor Bourgeault in the Hill Times.
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