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Access Newsletter

Posted Date: November 23, 2017

The latest issue of Access newsletter has been released. Included in this issue: Public Notification of a Discipline Hearing Decision; Renewal Reminder; QAP Assessment Tool Refresher; Root of the Matter: Part Two - Infection Prevention and Control; Part 2 of the Ethical Scenarios Survey; Board Nomination Reminder and an update on recent changes to the Health Professions Act (HPA).

Quality Assurance Program Online Learning Plan Webinar

Posted Date: July 12, 2017

The QAP Online Learning Plan (OLP) webinar that was presented on April 6th and June 14th, 2017 is now available on-demand.

Please click here  to view the webinar.


Act amended to allow Dental Hygienists to Administer Naloxone in ‎an Emergency

Posted Date: October 21, 2016

Amendments to the Health Professions Act (HPA) have come into effect that allow all health professionals regulated by the HPA, including Dental Hygienists, to administer naloxone in an emergency situation to a person they suspect is suffering from an opioid overdose. Naloxone can be administered by injection or intranasally.  As a professional, you are required to ensure that you are properly educated and/or trained before providing care.  We are continuing to work with all stakeholders on this important issue. More information related to how to obtain naloxone kits and educational resources will be distributed shortly.

What Qualifies for CC Credits?

Posted Date: August 12, 2016

With less than six months remaining in the year, some dental hygienists whose CC or QAP Cycle is ending on December 31, 2016 may be looking toward getting those last few activities to hit the 75 credit mark. Did you know that the College has published some excellent resources for dental hygienists to assess proposed activities?

The QAP Continuing Competency Program Reference Information document outlines the principles behind, and obligatory requirements to, lifelong continuing learning for healthcare professionals.

The Framework for Continuing Competency Activities (or CC Credit Framework) is a table demonstrating the broad variety of activities which registrants may participate in to obtain credits, as well as limits on credits earned and helpful forms which might be required for credits to be eligible for submission.  

First Nations Health Authority – Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Posted Date: July 01, 2016

Beginning July 1, 2016, independent dental hygienists in British Columbia have the option to be recognized as service providers by First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and will be able to direct bill through the Non-Insured Health Benefits program (NIHB).

In order to be a Service Provider under the NIHB program, independent dental hygienist practitioners in BC, in addition to completing the Independent Dental Hygiene Provider Enrollment form for NIHB, must enroll in and complete the San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training program delivered by the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Upon successful completion of the Core ICS Health Training program, the BC independent dental hygienist must input the completion of the Core ICS Health Training, including a reflection, within their individual Online Learning Plan (OLP). This not only serves to track those who have completed the course, but will also track the 8-10 continuing competency credits allowed for the completion of the training within one’s Quality Assurance Program Cycle.

FNHA will contact the College for confirmation that a dental hygienist is a registrant in good standing and has completed the Core ICS Health Training. FNHA will not accept any claims that cannot be verified through confirmation by the College, therefore it is important for dental hygienists to record completion of the program if they intend to become a NIHB Provider.

To read the official communique from FNHA please click here.

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