Complaints Involving Sexual Abuse, Sexual Misconduct or Activities of a Sexual Nature
|In accordance with the Health Professions Act, the ACO has developed a Patient Relations Program to deal with sexual abuse and/or sexual misconduct of patients by optometrists.|
The ACO Patient Relations Program ensures:
The ACO also believes that:
The ACO also believes that if a patient initiates sexually inappropriate behavior or conversation, the optometrist should respectfully discourage it and make a notation in the patient chart. If the patient persists in this inappropriate behavior and/or conversation, the optometrist should terminate the optometrist-patient relationship by dismissing the patient.
The ACO has developed several documents to assist patients with complaints of a sexual nature. The Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Complaints Information Guide defines sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, lists various examples of activities that may constitute a sexual impropriety and details the complaint and Hearing Tribunal process.
The ACO Therapy and Counselling Funding Program offers an easily readable Q & A on how the ACO Funding Program operates. Should you require any additional information or clarification, we encourage you to call the ACO office and speak directly with one of our highly trained staff.
If you wish to access funding for therapy or counselling, you will be required to complete a Funding and Counselling Application Form. Following receipt of your application form and approval for funding, the ACO will guide you on completing any other required forms (from the following list)
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