The Law and Interprofessional Collaboration in Canada

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Webinar # 2

TITLE: The Law and Interprofessional Collaboration in Canada

DATE: June 10 2014

TIME: 1:00pm-2:00pm (EDT)

DESCRIPTION: Interprofessional collaboration (IPC) involves health professionals from various disciplines working together with common aims and shared authority. IPC is premised on the notion of the right people with the right skills providing the right care in the right place at the right time. It is equally important to consider the ‘right law’; that is, what legal frameworks and principles enable IPC? This webinar will discuss the role of law as a macro-level determinant of IPC and present two key aspects of Canadian law that can act as enablers of or barriers to IPC: (1) legislation regulating health professionals and their scopes of practice; and (2) principles of negligence and legal liability. Law reform initiatives and court decisions from jurisdictions across Canada will be discussed and key findings about the impact of law on IPC will be summarized.


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Nola M. Ries

Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Autralia & Health Law Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta


Nola Ries is a Canadian lawyer with experience practicing in areas of constitutional, administrative and human rights law. She is a Senior Lecturer in health law at the University of Newcastle, Australia and is affiliated as a Research Associate with the Health Law Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. She previously taught with the Faculty of Law and School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria and held a Senior Research Fellowship with the Global Public Health Unit, University of Edinburgh.

Nola’s research and teaching activities focus on health law, privacy law, research ethics, regulation of new health technologies, and legal aspects of health system reform. She has authored over 60 articles, book chapters and major reports. Nola has provided consulting services to various organisations in Canada, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Conference Board of Canada, and the national Panel on Research Ethics.

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 Who should attend:

This series is targeted to those interested in topics related to Health Human Resources including:

¨ Health care providers,

¨ Researchers

¨ HHR policy and decision-makers

The webinars have been designed as a series, but each session can be viewed independently.


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Health Canadacihr logo1This initiative has been generously funded by grants from Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the funders.