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Member Feedback Requested!!
Substantive Changes to the Health Professions Act (HPA)

ACSLPA Consultation on Bill 21:  Definition of Patient and Draft Standard for
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct

On November 19, the Government of Alberta gave Royal Assent to Bill 21- An Act to Protect Patients. This legislation amended the Health Professions Act and speaks to sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by regulated health professionals towards patients. While parts of the bill have already come into effect, others will not come into effect until April 1, 2019. Either way, each health College is on a tight timeline to ensure that we are in compliance with all elements of the legislation and to ensure that members have had the opportunity to provide feedback and are aware of the significant changes that are underway. For more information regarding the Act, click here: www.alberta.ca/protecting-patients-against-sexual-abuse.aspx

One of the key features of the new legislation is that it introduces mandatory penalties for health professionals who have committed sexual abuse of or sexual misconduct towards a patient, including a mandatory lifetime suspension/ban from the practicing as a health professional in the case of sexual abuse. Broadly speaking, sexual abuse is defined as any sexual act with a patient, and sexual misconduct is defined as comments or behavior of a sexual nature directed towards a patient (the full definitions are available at the link that was given above).

As part of this new legislation, each College must develop a definition of “patient” as it relates to sexual abuse and sexual misconduct and must also develop or amend their Standards of Practice to address:

  • Who is considered to be a patient;
  • When a sexual relationship may occur between a regulated a member and a patient, or between a former patient and a regulated member; and
  • When a person who is a spouse, or in an adult interdependent relationship with a regulated member, may also be a patient.

ACSLPA is seeking input from members on these items. Timelines are very tight!!
Your feedback is requested by Monday, December 17

Follow the links below to the proposed definition and standard of practice. Once you have reviewed the documents, please return to his page and provide any feedback on the form below.

Proposed Definition of Patient    Proposed Standard of Practice

 

Feedback Request – Bylaw Amendments As part of ACSLPA’s work to serve our members and the public, efforts to streamline our bylaws are ongoing. As per Bylaw 17.2 (Amendment of Bylaws), ACSLPA Council is seeking member feedback on two proposed bylaw amendments. Council will consider member feedback, modify the bylaw changes as needed and then

ACSLPA Telepractice Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BC As part of ACSLPA’s work to serve our members and the public, since 2017 we have been in the process of developing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ourselves and the College of Speech, Hearing and Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC). The purpose of this MOU

Time to Renew! Your practice permit will expire and the online renewal system will shutdown at midnight on December 31!   Go directly to the Renewal Portal HERE! Need some help? Click here to access step-by-step instructions.  

Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Alberta Patients As you may be aware, the government has introduced changes to the Health Professions Act (HPA). This is the most significant change to the HPA since it came into force. Introduced as Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Alberta Patients, Royal Assent was given on

Website Changes are in Progress ACSLPA is working to update its website. This will provide a more streamlined look for both members and the public. This is a work in progress now and for the upcoming months. You may see small changes happening to some pages while other pages and their content will be under