Complaints of a Sexual Nature
A Registered Dietitian or Registered Nutritionist is in a position of power over a patient, by virtue of having professional knowledge and skill that a patient must rely on for their well-being. In addition, they have access to patients’ personal health information.
Dietitians and Nutritionists must always maintain professional boundaries with their patients. They are prohibited from engaging in any form of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct, as defined by law in the Health Professions Act, of a patient.
We recognize that coming forward with a complaint of a sexual nature can be very difficult. If you feel you have experienced sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a Registered Dietitian or Registered Nutritionist, please contact the Complaints Director at 780-448-0059. Your concern will be handled in a supportive and respectful manner. The Complaints Director will assist you in exploring the complaint process.
If you then decide to make a formal complaint, it should be submitted using the Complaint Form, to the Complaints Director of the College.
1320-10123 99 Street
Edmonton AB T5J 3H1
The Complaints Director will review your written and signed statement. The Complaints Director will appoint an investigator to look into the allegations. You will receive correspondence from the Complaints Director to inform you of the decision concerning your complaint.
Resources and Support
The following resources are provided to help you access information and supports that may help you.
- MyHealth Alberta (information source, search “sexual assault” or “sexual abuse”)
- 211 Alberta – 24 Hour Information and Referral Service
- http://www.ab.211.ca/ (search “sexual assault” or “sexual abuse”)
- You can also reach the Alberta 211 call centres on the following toll-free numbers:
- Calgary (Central Alberta & Alberta South) 1-855-266-1605
- Edmonton (Alberta North) 1-888-482-4696
- Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS)
- Health Link Alberta (or dial 811)
Therapy & Counselling Funding
The College provides funding for treatment or counselling for patients who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a regulated member. Please contact the College’s Executive Director & Registrar for further information. Filing a formal complaint with the College alleging a regulated member has sexually abused you while you were a patient is one of the eligibility criteria for receiving funding.