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You are not alone

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One of the most important things to remember when working in health care is that you are not alone.

When in doubt, ask for advice.

If you ever have cause to think to yourself:

Wow. This is the hardest situation I’ve ever had to manage.”

“In all my years of doing this, I am really scared about what’s happening and what I should do.

Huh. There is no good answer here. I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t.”

That is NOT the time to conclude with … “I think I will go it alone! I won’t ask anyone else’s opinion or check with someone what they would recommend I do.”

The road to coroners’ inquests and costly litigation is paved with stories of people who knew they were in a pickle – but didn’t ask for advice.

As a health leader or healthcare provider, you are not required to be omniscient. You will face difficult situations where there is no “perfect” way forward.

When that happens, seek advice.

You are not alone. Talk to an advisor, colleague, supervisor, regulatory body, or professional association. Of course there may be privacy considerations you have to manage. But there are ways to do that while you get the supports you need.


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Health Privacy Officer training
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For Privacy Officers within healthcare organizations - now totally online.

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...

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

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Our November program will address human rights issues with guest speaker Christine Hanson and scenarios.
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Advanced Health Privacy Officer training
November 3,2020

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

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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.

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For Primary Care clinics, Hospitals, Community Agencies and Children’s Aid

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Free Part X CYFSA privacy webinar - ask me anything!
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Part X CYFSA Privacy Designate training
November 10 and 17

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

This course focuses on how to implement Part X of the Child Youth and Family Services Act in your organization.
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