Saturday, 1 March 2014

Osteopathy in Canada

Training in American style osteopathic medicine is not available in Canada. U.S.-trained Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine/osteopathic physicians are licensed as full physicians with the provincial Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons.

Manual (non-medical) osteopathy (also known as European style osteopathy, traditional osteopathy or osteopathic manual practice) is not a regulated profession in Canada yet. The practitioners are working to get manual osteopathy regulated. Manual osteopaths who pass exams administered by the CMOEB (Canadian Manual Osteopathy Examining Board) are permitted to join the International Osteopathic Association (IOA) and receive a certificate of registration.

The College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario (COMPO) has been founded in 2013. COMPO is a self-governing body, established by the osteopathic manual practitioners in Ontario.

The first self-identified college of manual (non-medical) osteopathy in Canada opened in 1981. There are currently 8 manual osteopathy schools in Canada that offer WHO compliant manual osteopathic education.

Manual osteopaths in the province of Ontario (Canada) have started a campaign to increase public awareness to manual osteopathy in order to get manual osteopathy regulated in the province.

The first step was setting up the College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario (COMPO) which has united the profession and currently over 500 manual osteopaths in Ontario (out of 700) have joined it.

COMPO has recently released the first manual osteopathy fee guidelines which is communicated to all extended health plan insurers and third party payers of manual osteopathy treatments in Ontario.

Next step was founding the OSTEOPATHY TV (sponsored by National Academy of Osteopathy and the National University of Medical Sciences) to increase the public awareness through this media.

Additionally the National Academy of Osteopathy was successful in becoming the first affiliate member of the Ontario Hospital Association, which has greatly elevated the profession of osteopathy and is helping the profession's drive towards becoming a regulated health profession.

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