I’m Kate Dewhirst.

I work for
Family Health Teams
and primary care clinics.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law - bringing the law to life. Meet Kate (in 13 seconds)

Services for primary care

These are just a few of the areas where I assist Family Health Teams and other primary care organizations.
I'd love to help you with them too.

Privacy

Privacy matters absorb a lot of management time and generate worry.

I am well-known for my sound and helpful privacy advice and training to family health teams.

Patient Relations

Have you ever been faced with a client who yells at your team?

Wondering what to do with a patient complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate care? I de-escalate these situations on a regular basis, so let me help you.

Risk and governance training for FHT Boards

A topic that every FHT Board needs to a discuss is risk and statutory compliance.

Sound BO-RING? It’s not. I promise. I will help your Board understand how to think and talk about risk and encourage a culture that supports quality and safety.

Policy Review

I write and update clinical or administrative policies for you.

I specialize in plain language policies that your team can actually understand and will be able to follow.

Court Preparation and Responding to a Summons to Witness

If you or a team member is served with a Summons to Witness or other court document, I will assist you.

We will discuss what documents can be shared with lawyers in advance and I will give your team everything they need to feel confident when appearing in court.

Police

Do you know what to do when police arrive and want to arrest a patient on your premises or get a copy of information about a patient?

I do. I will help you navigate these time sensitive and stressful situations.

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Contact me.

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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
September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 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...

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 September program will address toxic employees and in October we discuss collaboration agreements.
Full details of the 2021 webinar series and registration here.

Team Privacy Training Events
June 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30

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...

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.

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