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Privacy Officer Training

Carrying out the duties of a Privacy Officer correctly is vital to ensure your organization is safe from the consequences of a big privacy breach. More than 100 people took this training with me last year and in total I've trained Privacy Officers from more than 200 healthcare organizations how to get beyond “overwhelmed” and be confident in the role.

Join me for my next Privacy Officer Training in Toronto and online.

I would highly recommend Kate's Privacy Officer Training. I completed this a year ago and the training itself is excellent - both content and cost. The ongoing access to her online forum and responses to requests are essential in my day-to-day running of a large medical practice. She knows her stuff and is happy to help by pointing you in the right direction or let you know that specific legal advice is best. One of the things I love about Kate is that the few times she doesn't know the answer in the moment, she is not shy about saying she will get back to you - which she does, every single time, always sooner than I expected. An exceptional resource in health privacy.

Frances Roesch, Queen Square Doctors 2018
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Privacy Training for Teams

When you deal with a privacy breach, one of the first questions Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner will ask is what training you provided your team. I have taught more than 8500 Ontario health professionals about privacy, and it's one of my favourite topics!

I couldn’t have imagined enjoying privacy training as much as I did. Fabulous presentation of a difficult topic.

Dr Kim Ferguson, Port Perry Medical

I would recommend this training without reservation. In this transformative and evolving realm of ‘privacy’, Kate is able to stay current and deliver relevant real world examples. Not only has she mastered this topic, but is able to engage and connect with her audience on an emotional level. Kate is able to deliver a seemingly mundane subject with candor and confidence. You won't be disappointed!

Cory Backer, Executive Director, Blue Sky FHT

Kate, Thank you for putting this all into the RIGHT perspective for us. You are doing good things in the world and we can tell you really understand and are passionate about this topic. Going forward, we have USEFUL knowledge for our day to day practice.

Caitlin Christie RN, PrimaCare Community FHT
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Legal Issues for Primary Care Practices and Family Health Teams – Monthly Webinar Series

In 2019 my monthy webinar series movies into its sixth year, and again I'm privileged and delighted to be working with Maria McDonald from McDonald HR Law.

There's still time to join the more than 50 teams whose executives participate in a monthly webinar on a legal topic of interest.

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Advanced Privacy Officer Training

You’re an experienced Privacy Officer. You’ve taken the basic training, you know the law, and you understand the theory. Now sharpen your skills and test your judgement by joining me on June 18, 2019 for this great day of interactive scenario-based training and learning.

I consider myself a relatively skilled and knowledgeable Privacy professional. Kate did an awesome job addressing the issues that come across my desk. Going through Kate’s scenarios made me realize how much I didn’t know. I would definitely recommend this training session to anyone that already has the foundations of health privacy. Worth every dollar.

Simeon I. Kanev, MI, CIPP/C, CCEP-IAssociation of Ontario Health Centres
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Kate Dewhirst Health Law

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Suite 400 East Tower
Toronto Ontario M5V 3H5


(416) 855 9557

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Some of Kate’s recent and upcoming events

Team Privacy Training Events

April 15, May 3, June 7, 13, 20 & 25

For Primary Care clinics and FHTs

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

Speaking event

April 10, 2019

At Osgoode Hall

Kate speaks at the Osgoode Health Law Certificate workshop on privacy for health care organizations. More details...

Primary care webinars: Contracts & Communications

April 11 and May 2, 2019, 12 noon

Part of Kate’s monthly webinar series.

Our April webinar is on employee contracts, and in May our title is communication faux pas.

Full details of the 2019 webinar series and registration here.

Privacy Officer training

April 30 through June 4, 2019

Kate’s specialist training course for Privacy Officers in health organizations.

Open to all health Privacy Officers, as well as those hoping to become Privacy Officers. Full details and registration for Privacy Officer training next spring here...

Advanced Privacy Officer training

June 18, 2019

For experienced Privacy Officers within healthcare organisations.

This one day training course focuses on how to handle difficult privacy situations using real-life (but anonymized) case studies and role-play. Full details and registration here...

Free healthcare privacy webinar - ask me anything!

April 3, 2019 12 noon - 1 pm and
May 1, 2019 9 - 10 am

Free webinar - advance registration needed

Whether you're an experience 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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