Halyna Perun is counsel with the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In her seventeen years of practice with the Ministry’s Legal Services Branch, Halyna has had responsibility for a variety of portfolios including regulated health professions, public hospitals, mental health, freedom of information, and protection of privacy. She has been involved in health privacy issues at the Ministry since 1996. She was instrumental in developing the Ministry’s 1997 draft health information legislation, which became the model for health information legislation in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and ultimately, Ontario. In the mid-1990s, Halyna was instrumental in the creation of the Health Care Consent Act.