Council Committees - Statutory

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Executive Committee

Terms of Reference: Perform such functions as are assigned to it in the RHPA, the Code and ASLPA and the Regulations under those Acts, and the By-laws and policies of the College and co-ordinate the work of Council and assist in its decision-making by reviewing and providing comments to Council on all recommendations and proposals from Committees; Recommend the appointment of the Registrar of the College to Council and conduct regular performance and compensation reviews of the Registrar; Manage and direct the affairs of the Council of the College in accordance with the RHPA, the Code, ASLPA, and the Regulations under those Acts and the By-laws and policies of the College, with respect to any matter that has been delegated to it by the Council or which, in the Committee’s opinion, requires immediate attention other than the power to revoke, amend or pass by-laws and such other powers as are specifically reserved to the Council in the RHPA, this By-law or any other By-law of the College; Recommend to Council members of statutory and non-statutory Committees in accordance with Article 9.5.2 of this By-law; Recommend to Council proposals for changes to relevant legislation, including regulations, and the College’s By-laws; and submit an annual report to the Council in accordance with the Code.

Registration Committee

Terms of Reference: Perform such functions as are assigned to it in the RHPA, the Code, ASLPA, and the Regulations under those Acts, and the By-laws and policies of the College. These include advising Council and making recommendations on matters relating to entry to practice standards, registration regulations, and related matters and performing such other tasks and research as directed by Council to aid Council decision-making; Recommend to Council proposals for changes to relevant legislation, including regulations, and the College’s By-Laws as well as programs to support the registration process; and submit an annual report to the Council in accordance with the Code. The report will include information on adherence to policies and procedures, numbers of decisions successfully appealed, and timely provision of decisions and documentation.

Inquiries, Complaints And Reports Committee

Terms of Reference: Perform such functions as are assigned to it in the RHPA, the Code, ASLPA, and the Regulations under those Acts, and the By-laws and policies of the College. These include providing a fair review of all complaints and reports received in accordance with the Code, Recommend to Council proposals for changes to relevant legislation, including regulations, and the By-laws of the College, as well as programs to support the complaints and reports processes; and Submit an annual report to the Council in accordance with the Code. The report will include information on numbers of decisions successfully appealed, adherence to policies and procedures, and timely provision of decisions and documentation.

Discipline Committee

Terms of Reference: Perform such functions as are assigned to it in the RHPA, the Code, ASLPA, and the Regulations under those Acts, and the By-laws and policies of the College. These include providing a fair process for hearings in cases of alleged professional misconduct or incompetence in accordance with the Code; Recommend to Council proposals for changes to the legislation, including regulations to applicable statutes, and by-laws, as well as programs to support the discipline process; and submit an annual report to the Council in accordance with the Code. The report will include information on development of, and adherence to, policies and procedures, numbers of decisions successfully appealed and timely provision of decisions and documentation.

Fitness to Practise Committee

Terms of Reference: Perform such functions as are assigned to it in the RHPA, the Code, ASLPA, and the Regulations under those Acts, and the By-laws and policies of the College. These include providing a fair review of all matters regarding the alleged incapacity of members in accordance with the Code, and all; Recommend to Council proposals for changes to the legislation, including regulations, and the By-laws of the College, as well as programs to support the work of the Committee; and submit an annual report to the Council in accordance with the Code. The report will include information on the development of, and adherence to, policies and procedures, numbers of decisions successfully appealed, and timely provision of decisions and documentation.

Quality Assurance Committee

Terms of Reference: Perform such functions as are assigned to it in the RHPA, the Code, ASLPA, and the Regulations under those Acts, and the By-laws and policies of the College. These include identifying quality measures which promote continuing competence and continuing quality improvement among members; Recommend to Council proposals for changes to relevant legislation, including regulations, and the By-laws of the College, as well as programs to support the quality assurance process; and submit an annual report to the Council in accordance with the Code, including information on the development of standards regarding practice and ethics and related program proposals.

Patient Relations Committee

Terms of Reference: Perform such functions as are assigned to it in the RHPA, the Code, ASLPA, and the Regulations under those Acts, and the By-laws and policies of the College, which include developing a patient relations program, including measures for preventing and dealing with sexual abuse of patients/clients and the administration of funds for therapy and counseling of patients/clients who were sexually abused by members; Establish a Patient Relations Program to include the above statutory elements; Make recommendations to Council for any budgetary allocations for the above; Recommend to Council proposals for changes to relevant legislation, including regulations, and the By-laws of the College, as well as programs which may support the work of the committee; Submit an annual report to the Council in accordance with the Code. The report will include a description of the program, and any application of funds for abused clients; and The Committee shall recommend to Council any proposals for Public Awareness/Government Relations initiatives.

Council Committees – Non-Statutory

Finance Committee

Terms of Reference: Review and evaluate the critical risks and uncertainties as determined by management that may affect the College including but not limited to insurance protection, environmental risk, political factors, treasury/credit and other areas as determined from time-to-time; Maintain a relationship with the Auditor by: reviewing the engagement letter, the projected audit fee and the scope of the audit; and annually recommending the appointment of the Auditor; Review and make recommendations as appropriate on: the annual Business Plan and Budget for approval by Council; the financial implications of any significant changes to approved budgets and other major undertakings or projects; and the banking and other financing arrangements of the College; Review and consider any matters relating to the adequacy of internal controls and any other reports on significant control deviations or indications of fraud and the corrective action undertaken with regard thereto; Submit an annual report to the Council; and ensure there are adequate systems and practices in place to provide reasonable assurance of compliance with laws, regulations and standards of ethical conduct, with respect to the financial affairs of the College, and review and update such systems and practices as required.

Audiology Practice Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference: Provide advice to Council on matters affecting audiologists and the practice of audiology; At the request of Council and in a format approved by Council, monitor and develop recommendations for College regulations, bylaws, practice standards and guidelines and position statements that relate to audiologists with respect to: clinical matters; professional practice issues; ethical business practice issues; and interdisciplinary issues; Develop policies and positions for consideration of Council on external matters such as provincial legislation that may impact on the practice of audiology; As part of the strategic planning process, undertake an annual review of issues and matters affecting audiologists and the practice of audiology and report to Council on these issues and recommend policies and initiatives to address them as appropriate; Assess the information and support needs of audiologists and make recommendations to Council; Recommend communication and education strategies for the members, related to the objects of the College; Submit an annual report to the Council; and Provide advice and input on any other issues referred to the Committee by the Executive Committee or by Council.

Speech-Language Pathology Practice Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference: Provide advice to Council on matters affecting speech-language  pathologists and the practice of speech-language pathology; At the request of Council and in a format approved by Council, monitor and develop recommendations for College regulations, bylaws, practice standards and guidelines and position statements that relate to speech-language pathologists with respect to: clinical matters; professional practice issues; ethical business practice issues; and interdisciplinary issues; Develop policies and positions for consideration of Council on external matters such as provincial legislation that impact on the practice of speech-language pathology; As part of the strategic planning process, undertake an annual review of issues and matters affecting speech-language pathologists and the practice of speech-language pathology and report to Council on these issues and recommend policies and initiatives to address them as appropriate; Assess the information and support needs of speech-language pathologists and make recommendations to Council; Recommend communication and education strategies for the members, related to the objects of the College; Submit an annual report to the Council; and provide advice and input on any other issues referred to the Committee by the Executive Committee or by Council.

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