Effective April 2019
A regulated member of ACSLPA, except in particular circumstances, abstains from providing a health service to a spouse, an adult interdependent partner or other person with whom the speech-language pathologist or audiologist is in an existing sexual relationship.
To demonstrate this standard, the regulated member:
a) will only provide a health service to a spouse, an adult interdependent partner or other person with whom the speech-language pathologist or audiologist is in an existing
………sexual relationship, if:
- the member provided the health service to the individual in emergency circumstances or in circumstances where the service is minor 2 in nature;
- there is no abuse of a power imbalance arising from the health service being provided, and
- if further care is required, the member takes reasonable steps as soon as possible to transfer care of the individual to another member or regulated health professional.
2 Regulated members seeking clarification of what constitutes “minor” care are requested to contact the ACSLPA office.
“patient”, for the purposes of s. 1(1)(x.1) of the Health Professions Act, means any individual to whom a regulated member provides a health service in their capacity as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, but does not include:
- a patient’s substitute decision-maker, legal guardian, or parent, or
- the regulated member’s spouse, adult interdependent partner or other person with whom the regulated member is in an existing sexual relationship if the health service is provided in accordance with these standards.
“health service” means a service provided to people:
- to protect, promote or maintain their health,
- to prevent illness,
- to diagnose, treat or rehabilitate, or
- to take care of the health needs of the ill, disabled, injured or dying.
“former patient” means a person to whom one of the following apply:
- for episodic care, no health service has been provided for at least 7 days and there is no expectation of an ongoing professional relationship between the regulated member and the patient,
- the patient and/or regulated member has terminated the professional relationship, the termination has been acknowledged by both parties, and at least 30 days has passed since the termination, or
- if neither of the above apply, there has been no health service provided by the regulated member to the patient for one year (365 days).
“episodic care” means an isolated, short-duration, and minor health service provided to a patient where there is no expectation of continuing care by the regulated member. 1
“regulated member” refers to “an individual who is registered with ACSLPA in any of the regulated categories of membership prescribed by ACSLPA Bylaws, the Health Professions Act and our Regulations.”
“sexual relationship” means a relationship involving sexual intimacy, including communications of a sexual nature, and engaging in conduct of a sexual nature, including masturbation, genital to genital, genital to anal, oral to genital, or oral to anal contact and sexual intercourse.
“sexual nature” does not include any conduct, behaviour or remarks that are appropriate to the professional service being provided.
1 Regulated members seeking clarification as to what constitutes “minor” care are requested to contact the ACSLPA office.