Healthcare professionals are in a position of trust and of power with a patient, by virtue of having professional knowledge and skills that a patient must rely on for their well-being. In addition, they have access to patients’ personal health information.
Regulated members must always maintain professional boundaries with their patients. They are prohibited from engaging in any form of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct with a patient. All elements of what constitutes sexual abuse, sexual misconduct; as well as who is a patient can be found in the Standard of Practice: 8.0 Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Involving a Patient.
Complaints of a sexual nature may involve:
- Privacy and respect
- Inappropriate comments or gestures
- Unnecessary or improper physical examinations
- Sexual contact or assault
Coming forward about a sexually inappropriate encounter you’ve experienced with a paramedic can be incredibly difficult; however, there are very good reasons for reporting, including:
- Public protection: Incidents of sexual abuse or misconduct are often not isolated. By coming forward, you could help us act to ensure that what happened to you does not happen to someone else.
- Awareness: The College won’t know otherwise. We rely on individuals to make us aware when things aren’t right. We can only learn about sexual abuse or misconduct from people who make complaints.
- Your own sense of closure: If you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse or misconduct by a Dental Assistant, knowing that there is an investigation and potential consequences may play a role in your healing process.
We recognize that coming forward with a complaint about sexual abuse or misconduct can be very difficult. If you think a paramedic has violated a boundary or otherwise engaged in sexual misconduct or abuse with a patient, contact our Complaints Director to discuss your concerns.
Therapy & Counselling Funding
There are a variety of situations in which you may be eligible for funding for counselling or therapy. Please call us for details.
Who to Contact
If you think you have experienced sexual abuse at the hands of an Alberta regulated health care professional, we urge you to contact the Complaints Director or complaint coordinator at the appropriate Alberta College or association.