2019 College-Selected Activity: Ensure your Compliance with Bill 21 An Act to Protect Patients

  •   July 5, 2019

The Government of Alberta’s introduction of Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients changes how regulatory colleges handle matters of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by regulated health professionals. The Act requires each college to define who is a patient and the time period around how long the patient-provider relationship lasts. Both Bill 21 and Physiotherapy Alberta’s Standard of Practice on Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct came into effect on April 1, 2019.

As such, DO. LEARN. GROW. Continuing Competence Program’s 2019 College-Selected Activity focuses on Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct: What Members Need to Know. By renewal you are expected to fully understand:

  1. “Who is a patient” as defined by the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Standard of Practice.
  2. Why and how the Standard of Practice and guides for protecting patients from sexual abuse or misconduct are relevant to your practice.   

We don’t know how long you will need to learn about, let alone deeply understand, Bill 21 and Physiotherapy Alberta’s newest Standard of Practice. We do know that renewal is two months away and with summer holidays it is easy to let learning slide. Here are resources to help you learn and comply with the new legislation and Standard of Practice:

Need help with your College-Selected Activity? Contact Audrey Lowe Manager Continuing Competence Program competence@physiotherapyalberta.ca 780.438.0338/1.800.291.2782