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 Upcoming events

Team Privacy Training Events

April 19, May 17, June 13

For Primary Care clinics and FHTs

Kate trains health professionals from another three primary care organizations how being privacy-respectful can improve therapeutic relationships. more details...

Where immigration and health law issues collide

April 25, 2018

Presentation to invited Community Health Centre clients

In collaboration with immigration lawyer Jacqueline Swaisland.

2018 Privacy Officer Training

May 8 to June 12, 2018

16 hours live and online training

for Privacy Officers and Privacy Officers-to-be. Live sessions held in Toronto. details and booking...

De-escalation training

May 16, 2018

Training session for a Toronto Family Health Team

In conjunction with leadership coach Christine Burych.

Ask me anything (about health privacy)

12 noon, May 23, 2018

An hour webinar with Kate where you can ask Kate any privacy-related questions you have.

Open to all health Privacy Officers. Register here.

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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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