Workshop: Women’s Rights in the Healthcare System

Many women do not know that we have rights in the health care system. As patients, we do have legal rights that are based on Canadian laws and court decisions. Exercising these rights can be a difficult process that involves gaining information, self-advocacy skills, and confidence. For a number of years, the VWHC has presented the Patient’s Rights Workshop in community settings throughout the Lower Mainland for women who face barriers to accessing quality health care, including immigrant and Aboriginal women. Through the Patient’s Rights Workshop, participants discuss the health services available to them, learn about their legal rights in the health care system, and practice techniques for self-advocacy.  I have worked to re-vamp and update this workshop to fit the needs of women in 2016 and continue to deliver it to a number of partner organizations including TradeWorks, Vancouver Status of Women, and Immigrant Services Society of BC.

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