I’m Kate Dewhirst.

I’m a lawyer who writes about legal issues affecting healthcare in Canada

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Welcome to Kate Dewhirst Health Law and my inaugural blog post!

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Hi. Welcome.

I’m happy to announce that the website is live (finally!) – and this blog is live.

So join me as I journey through legal issues in health care. In this blog, I will comment on:

  • New legislation and legal cases affecting health care organizations in Ontario
  • Updates in the areas of:
    • Privacy
    • Physician privileges and professional staff management in hospitals
    • Physician leadership
    • Risk management
    • Conflict resolution strategies for health care organizations with patients/clients and their families
    • Patient engagement
  • My musings about health law – and what it is – and trends in our legal community
  • Innovators and people to watch in our sector
  • What I am reading
  • And maybe even what I’m eating – I keep kosher and that alone is a journey worth discussing. If you know of any good places with great kosher food – please let me know.

My clients operate in a highly-regulated industry. There are more than 70 laws that apply to health care organizations in Ontario alone. That’s a lot to navigate. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

One of my passions is bringing the law to life. Life is complex, real, emotional and full of opportunities. So is the law. I take legal theory and make it understandable, accessible, and relevant to clinicians and health care administrators. In this blog, I will tell stories so that you experience how interesting health law can be. I am looking forward to sharing my insights to help bring clarity to what can feel like chaos.

Stay tuned!

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Some of Kate’s recent and upcoming events

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

Part of Kate’s monthly webinar series.

Our January program will address an employment law update for health leaders.
Full details of the 2021 webinar series and registration here.

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 training
April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 2021

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...

Osgoode Privacy and Information Management Course
Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 16,

Advanced privacy learning opportunity for lawyers, privacy officers and health leaders

Learn more about Canadian health privacy and information management More Details...

Advanced Health Privacy Officer training
June 2021

For Privacy Officers within healthcare organizations - now totally online

This course focuses on taking theory into practice and we do real life scenarios to build your Privacy Officer skills.
Full details and registration here.

Team Privacy Training Events
January 7, 8, 13, 26, 27, 29

For Primary Care clinics, Hospitals, Community Agencies, Schools, Police departments

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

Part X CYFSA Privacy Designate Course

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.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law

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My mission is bringing the law to life. I make legal theory understandable, accessible and fun! I’m available and love to work for all organizations in the healthcare sector across Ontario and beyond.

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