In November of 2018, Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients was passed. The bill introduced changes to the Health Professions Act regarding Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct, including strict definitions of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, mandatory minimum sanctions for findings of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, and requirements for hearing tribunals and college staff to have training in Trauma Informed Care. As of April 1st, 2019, all parts of the new legislation have come into effect.

Because it’s important for all health care providers to understand the legislation, and because we had to introduce new Standards of Practice to accommodate the legislation changes, the ACAO has put out this interactive learning module to help opticians understand how the rules may apply in different scenarios.

For each new Standard, we have created a series of scenarios to help you consider the relationships between health practitioner and patient more thoroughly. These scenarios are by no means exhaustive, but are meant to help you think about how your actions may be interpreted by your patients.

Moodle Course: Patient Boundaries: Standard 11 Scenarios                

Continuing Education Credits: 3 EC