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Please read Updates #1 and #2 which still apply. We have received feedback from our members, and as a result, are providing the following clarification.
Although Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists will not be directly involved in the administration of drug protocols for medical assistance in dying (MAiD), they might be asked to assist a physician or nurse practitioner in the process leading up to MAiD in the following areas:
Please continue to consult your place of work or contact us at the College to discuss issues.
Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists will not be directly involved in medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Physicians and Nurse practitioners are the two professions named in the amendment to the Criminal Code who are able to determine if someone is eligible for medical assistance in dying and if they have the capacity to provide informed consent (MAiD).
SLPs and audiologists might be asked to assist a physician or nurse practitioner to help a patient overcome a communication barrier in the process leading up to MAiD. Members are required at all times to practice within their scopes of practice as outlined in the Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Act, 1991 and to follow CASLPO’s Code of Ethics at all times.
If you have any questions or concerns, consult your place of work to see if a policy has been developed. Many hospitals and Long-Term Care homes are developing policies for MAiD and have a bioethicist or access to an ethicist who can act as a resource to health care professionals as they navigate this complex, sensitive process. You can also phone us here at the College to discuss issues you may have.
In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Carter vs Canada that parts of the Criminal Code would need to change to comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The parts that prohibited medical assistance in dying under certain conditions would no longer be valid. The federal government introduced legislation to amend the Criminal Code (Bill C-14) so as to allow eligible adults to request medical assistance in dying. Bill C-14 received Royal Assent on Friday, June 17, 2016.
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We are aware that this legislation may be raising concerns for some members. CASLPO is meeting with other regulated health colleges to develop guidelines that will assist those who may be, in some manner, involved in the process. Please monitor the website as we will be providing further information shortly.
The College has a new set of Officers and a new Executive Committee. In accordance with the By-Laws of the College, the Council holds elections for Officers and the other members of the Executive Committee at its June meeting each year. Any member of Council, whether an elected professional, an academic or a public member, may run for the Executive Committee. All terms are for one year and members may be re-elected.
CASLPO is seeking a dedicated Audiologist with a variety of clinical experiences to join our team. In this position you will help our members provide excellent hearing care and support the Council in developing policies that meet the demands of current clinical practice.
If you or someone you know has an interest in applying for the position, please click here for additional information.
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Deadline for review is April 25th 2016
Highlights of this new PSG:
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To complete the survey, click here
CASLPO will be hosting two webinars to introduce members to this new PSG; dates and links to the live webinar to follow.
As with the review of all CASLPO documents, you may collect Continuous Learning Activity Credits (CLACs) for evaluating this document and completing the survey.
To ensure transparency, all feedback will be posted in its original aggregate form on our website. CASLPO will make all attempts to anonymize feedback. CASLPO reserves the right to remove any content that is considered profane or malicious. Policy on Consultation and stakeholder Feedback.
Thank you, we appreciate your feedback.
On August 10th, the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) formally presented to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) their submissions for proposed legislative changes in the scopes of practice for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.
OSLA is proposing access to several controlled acts including "communicating a diagnosis", as well as the removal of limitations that prevent members from making direct referrals to specialty medicine, such as ENTs. OSLA has kept CASLPO advised of the development of their submissions. CASLPO looks forward to making formal comments on the submissions in the near future. These changes, if agreed to by the Ministry of Health and enacted by the government, would result in changes to the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991, as well as many CASLPO practice standards.
For more information please visit: www.osla.on.ca
The Records Regulation, 2015 has been approved by the provincial government and is now in effect. This new regulation replaces the previously posted Proposed Records Regulation, 2011.
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Under the RHPA and the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991, the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) is responsible for governing audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Ontario. Both these classes of members are self-governing.
Under these Acts, the CASLPO may make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including records regulation and setting out standards of practice for record keeping for the profession, subject to the prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Summary of the Records Regulation, 2015
The new records regulation requires each member to:
In addition, the CASLPO has amended its professional misconduct regulation to make failing to keep records in accordance with the new records regulation an act of professional misconduct.
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Support material will be developed over the coming weeks for you. Please don't hesitate to contact with any questions.
Contact CASLPO at:
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If you work in a multi-disciplinary team and are looking for a way to easily compare what is the same and what is different when it comes to record keeping, have a look at the online Inter-Professional Record Keeping Resource.
Get all the information you need in one place. This resource starts with the patient/client record and covers things like electronic records, using personal health information, financial records, record retention, leaving or closing a practice, record destruction and more.
Following months of media stories questioning whether regulatory Colleges, such as ours, are doing everything they can to be more transparent and effective concerning their complaint processes and outcomes, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care asked that Colleges share more information with the public and improve their approaches to transparency.
For CASLPO's response to the Minister, our transparency initiatives, and more information, click here.