OPMA's Submission to HPRAC
With the support of the OPMA, the College of Chiropodists asked the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to initiate a review by the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) on the proposal to convert to a podiatry model, analogous to the models operating in British Columbia and Alberta, not to mention all US states and an increasing number of foreign jurisdictions. The OPMA made two submissions to HPRAC regarding the Chiropody and Podiatry review.
On August 28, 2015, HPRAC transmitted its reports on Ontario's footcare model and the chiropody and podiatry professions to the Minister and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In September, the Minister determined that he wants the Ministry to do additional work relating to HPRAC's recommendations pertaining to the podiatric scope of practice. At this time we have not been given the timeframe for the work to be completed and the report to be released.
INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Canadian Podiatrist Receives Fellowship from RCPSG
On October 27, 2016, Robert Chelin, DPM was conferred a fellowship at the University of Glasgow at a elaborate ceremony from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG). The ceremony was attended by over 500 practitioners of various specialties in the prestigious "Butte Hall", a very historic building at the university.
After the induction ceremony, a special dinner was held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, honoring all the inductees. This historic building has seen the likes of Dr. Joseph Lister the father of "antisepsis" and Dr. David Livingstone.
OPMA Participates in Women's Liberal Caucus Golf Tournament at Rattlesnake Point, August 25, 2016
Dr. Kel Sherkin represented the OPMA at the annual Women's Liberal Caucus Golf Tournament in August and was gratified by the opportunity to be able to speak to both the Premier and Deputy Premier about the podiatry profession and the opportunities to more fully use podiatrists to the benefit of Ontario's healthcare delivery system.
From left to right: Debbie Humphreys, Acting CEO, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors; Don Gracey, The CG Group; Premier Kathleen Wynne; Dr. Kel Sherkin, OPMA President; Dr. Frances Flint, Board Member, Ontario Athletic Therapist Association.
From left to right: Debbie Humphreys, Acting CEO, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors; Kel Sherkin, President, OPMA; the Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government; Dr. Frances Flint, Board Member, Ontario Athletic Therapist Association; and Don Gracey, The CG Group.
2016 Foot Health Month Theme is CANCER
Podiatrists from around the world are coming to Canada, May 26th - 28th 2016 in Montreal. Ontario Podiatrists will be among the foot health experts exploring best practices in treatment advances.
**If you are a veteran, you no longer need a referral from a physician to receive coverage for podiatry services.**
Hartley Miltchin, DPM, on behalf of The Ontario Podiatric Medical Association appeared on TORONTO’S NUMBER ONE MORNING SHOW, BREAKFAST TELEVISION on CITY TV to promote FOOT HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH in May 2014.