Cultural Safety

Increasing Cultural Safety in Dental Hygiene Care

"As regulated health care professionals, dental hygienists follow a Code of Ethics which states that clients are to be treated with respect for their individual values and needs. Having dental hygienists join many other health care professionals in completing cultural safety training is part of fulfilling the College's mandate of ensuring the public's access to safe and competent dental hygiene care”.

    -  Jennifer Lawrence, Registrar and CEO of the College of Dental Hygienists of BC

All registered dental hygienists in BC, regardless of primary practice setting, are encouraged to complete the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) training delivered by the Provincial Health Services Authority. Completion of this training is worth up to 10 credits towards QAP requirements and helps ensure dental hygiene services are provided in compliance with the Code of Ethics. When dental hygienists increase their knowledge of cultural safety and humility, this in part helps to ensure that all British Columbians, including Indigenous peoples in BC, can access safe and ethical dental hygiene services free from bias and discrimination.

To learn more about the course and register as a participant, please click here.

Dental Hygienists Recognized as Service Providers by First Nations Health Authority

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.

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To read the official communique from FNHA please click here.