I’m Kate Dewhirst.

Here are six things you should know about my team...

...and here are my COVID-19 resources.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law - bringing the law to life.

We are health lawyers in Toronto


We are all strong and passionate advocates for improving our healthcare system by making things simpler for those who work in it.

These are our clients


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

We can 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 decades 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.

We 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 we will help you move forward.

We have 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.

Our clients are located all across the province.

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

Meet the rest of my team:

Sarah

Sarah Virani

Senior Legal Counsel sarah@katedewhirst.com (416) 855 9557 Ext 224

Sarah gives legal advice on privacy, risk management, credentialing and policy issues. Sarah makes clients feel comfortable and cared for with her warmth and depth of experience.

Sarah has worked in large law firms and was in-house counsel at Canada’s premier children’s hospital. She digs into details to get the right answer. Sarah is well as being an energetic and vivid teacher and an instructor in our sister business, Something Orange Training Inc.

Megan

Megan Ferrier

Senior Legal Advisor megan@katedewhirst.com

Megan provides legal advice on privacy, policy, health law interpretation and statutory compliance. Megan has a rich legal history and has worked in large Canadian law firms and in policy in New York City.

Megan leads with factual curiosity. She’s especially good at complex strategy, in-depth research, and assessing risk and possibilities. She also develops our client products and supports our membership programmes in our sister company, Something Orange Training Inc.

Melissa

Melissa Martin

Office Magician melissa@katedewhirst.com (416) 855 9557 Ext 222

Melissa is in charge of operations, client relations, and finance. She’ll speak to you frequently during our relationship.

When you start with us – you’ll meet Melissa who explains what you can expect from us.

Karen

Karen Varga

Office magician karen@katedewhirst.com (416) 855 9557 Ext 223

Karen is in charge of scheduling, event planning and team technology. When you book a meeting or training, you’ll be in touch with Karen.

Karen also works extensively in our sister company, Something Orange Training Inc.


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.

Address:

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

Telephone:

(416) 855 9557

Please do not send any urgent, sensitive or confidential information from this website. Contacting me, sending me an email or completing a request for me to contact you will not make me your lawyer. That's because there are rules I have to follow to determine whether I can advise you. There may be situations where I cannot act for you because of a conflict of interest or if I do not have the expertise you need. You are not a client unless and until I have agreed to act for you in which case I will write to you to explain how I work and my legal terms and conditions. By clicking “Send” you acknowledge that you have read and understood this disclaimer and that Kate Dewhirst is not yet retained to represent you.

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 Coming Soon: Fall 2022 Next Program

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 2022

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 May program will address progressive discipline and in June we discuss the key responsibilities Boards need to know in primary care.
Full details of the 2022 webinar series and registration here.

Team Privacy Training Events
May 2, 9, 26, 27

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...

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...

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contact details

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

(416) 855 9557