I’m Kate Dewhirst.

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Kate Dewhirst Health Law - bringing the law to life.

I’m a health lawyer in Toronto

I'm a strong and passionate advocate for improving our healthcare system by making things simpler for those who work in it.

These are my clients

Hospitals, family health teams, mental health centres, nurse practitioner-led clinics, community health centres, birth centres and all sorts of healthcare organizations.

You and I will fix it together

Disputes in health care are messy and complicated, and worries about the law will eat your time and sap your energy. Whatever the problem is, my nineteen years in healthcare law will help us fix it together.

Access a teacher, motivator and speaker

A disengaged and uninterested team leads to poor outcomes. Let me re-sparkle your people with my group and individual teaching and training.

I know health privacy

Privacy breaches can destroy clinical relationships and risk the loss of your reputation, court action, and claims for damages. You can't roll back the clock, but I will help you move forward.

I have awesome free stuff

Tour my brain at no charge by reading my award-winning blog and take away as much as you can carry. Then raid this page for more freebies.

My clients are located all across the province.

I work in small communities, not just the big towns. (OK, that was seven things.)

Now, you tell me something
and you could win a free hat.

Every so often I write a newsletter with information about healthcare privacy, changes in legislation and other things you want to know. Tell me your email address and I'll send it to you. For each newsletter I write, I'll send one person on my mailing list a free Kate Dewhirst Health Law “it depends” wooly hat (no purchase necessary). It might as well be you!

Everybody, meet the team.

Megan Ferrier is Senior Legal Advisor focused on research and product development.

Sarah Virani is Senior Counsel focused on privacy, risk management and physician privileges cases.

Melissa Martin is our Office Magician in charge of operations, client relations and finance.

Contact me.

Every website needs a contact form - here’s mine. If you think you might need legal advice, or training, if you want to know more or if you’re just having a bad day and want to tell someone about it, please get in touch.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law

Bringing the law to life.


P.O. Box 97010
Toronto Ontario M6R 3B3


(416) 855 9557

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Some of Kate’s recent and upcoming events

Free healthcare privacy webinar - ask me anything!
the first Wednesday of every month

Free webinars - advance registration needed

Whether you're an experienced privacy officer or new in the field, pick Kate’s brain for free for an hour, in this live webinar. No charge, but you’ll need to register in advance.

Health Privacy Officer Foundations training
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 2022

For Privacy Officers within healthcare organizations.

This course focuses on how to become a more confident privacy officer and gives you the tools to document your privacy program. Full details and registration here...

Join the Shush: a collective of health privacy officers
Annual membership 2021

For Privacy Officers within healthcare organizations

This is an annual membership program that takes theory into practice and tackles real life scenarios to build Privacy Officer skills.
Full details and registration here.

Primary care webinars: Employment Law Update & Legal Issues for EDs and Board members

Part of Kate’s monthly webinar series.

Our November program will address harassment and in December we discuss privacy.
Full details of the 2022 webinar series and registration here.

Team Privacy Training Events
November 1, 4, 10, 11, 12, 22, 24 December 3, 13

For Primary Care clinics, Hospitals, Community Agencies, Mental Health Teams, Public Health Units, School Boards, Police departments

Kate trains health professionals from many more health care organizations how being privacy-respectful can improve therapeutic relationships. More details...

NEW! Ontario Hospital Association Professional Staff Credentialing Toolkit

2nd Edition is now available for managing physicians, dentists, midwives and nurse practitioners in hospitals Read here...

Free summary of all PHIPA IPC decisions

Want to read privacy breach stories to learn how to improve your work? We have summarized all the Information and Privacy Commissioner's health privacy decisions for you Download here...

Part X CYFSA Privacy Designate Course - video course online

For Privacy Designates in the child welfare sector including children's aid societies and indigenous children's well-being centres

We focus on how to implement Part X of the Child Youth and Family Services Act in your organization.
Full details and registration here.

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contact details

P.O. Box 97010 Roncesvalles
Toronto Ontario M6R 3B3

(416) 855 9557