The Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has created a Task Force on the Sexual Abuse of Patients by Health Professionals.

The Task Force is reviewing the Regulated Health Professions Act (1991) . You can read more about it. This Act is a law that says what health professionals should and should not do and it includes rules about dealing with complaints from patients and disciplining health professionals.

The Task Force will make recommendations to improve the law so it works better to support and protect patients.
According to the Act, a “health professional” can be an: Audiologist, Chiropodist, Chiropractor, Doctor, Dentist, Dental hygienist/technologist, Denturist, Dietician, Homeopath (as of April 1, 2015), Kinesiologist, Massage Therapist, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Medical Radiation Technologist, Midwife, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Optician, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist (as of April 1, 2015), Respiratory Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist or Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Naturopaths are not covered under the definition of "health professional" under the Act, at the time this questionnaire was made available to the public on April 10, 2015. The profession is expected to become self-regulated around June 1, 2015. Once that takes place, Naturopathy will be included as a "health profession" under the Act.

About this Questionnaire

METRAC is an organization that prevents violence against women and youth and builds safety for everyone. The Task Force has asked METRAC to create a questionnaire to learn about the experiences of patients who have been sexually abused by Ontario regulated health professionals. This questionnaire will help us understand more about: patients' experiences of sexual abuse by health professionals; barriers for patients if they want to report what happened to them; and how to prevent abuse of patients and to make sure patients are protected and supported.

Your answers will give us important information to give to the Task Force so they can make the laws better. This is why we are asking you to do something that may be difficult and painful. Your voice is very important!

Your answers are confidential. Your name will not be made public.

You can skip any question you want to, and you can end the questionnaire at any time.

Answering this questionnaire might make you feel sad, upset, or bring up bad memories. You can find services and supports on METRAC's website.

If you prefer a private interview during the months of April or May 2015, call the Ministry of Health’s toll-free line, 1-844-821-6151. All calls are confidential and free.

At the end of the questionnaire, we give you our phone number and email. You can contact us to learn more about this work. We can also give you information about services where you can get help.

The questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.
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