February, 2016

OATA Report Winter 2016


Since our Annual General Meeting last April, representatives of the OATA and the College of Kinesiologists (CKO) have had meetings and other consultations too numerous to count. We are edging closer and closer to reaching an understanding sufficiently satisfactory to the OATA Board whereby the Board can recommend that its members apply for registration with the CKO.

In short, the CKO now has a "road map" for the creation of specialties, which is what the OATA has been requesting for some time. The CKO has also invited the OATA to make a submission in compliance with the roadmap to start the process to set up a specialty for Athletic Therapy. To enable OATA members to take advantage of the grand parenting period that ends on April 1, 2016, the OATA Board is recommending that its members apply for registration with the CKO.

With this simple release to the OATA membership, the Certified Athletic Therapists in Ontario will be entering into the Regulated Healthcare Profession community in Ontario after many years of trial and error, frustration, and now hope.

The OATA BOD wishes to thank the CATA for their new and improved desire and effort to support the OATA and all regional chapters in their quest for Regulation.

Rowan’s Law

The OATA has been supportive of this provincial member private bill named after an Ottawa district female rugby player Rowan Stringer who passed away after receiving a blow to her head during a rugby match. The athlete had consciously decided to suppress from her family and coaches that she had experienced at least two previous concussions that season.  Subsequently, there was a Coroner’s report that made 49 recommendations and those recommendations became the foundation of Rowan’s Law.

OATA members were invited to sit with the Stringer family in the Ontario legislature while the bill underwent a second reading and approval. It was hoped that it would go to a third and final approval that day but a government committee was struck to review the Law and its implications for schools and school boards. OATA BOD members have already had meetings with a number of the committee members and will be supplying a submission in support of the bill and the offer of any further support.

Clinic Regulation Proposal

As evidence of our growing recognition within the Regulated Healthcare Community in Ontario the OATA was the only non-regulated health group invited to attend and speak at the final round table discussion with all other Regulated Health Practitioners on this initiative to explore the creation of a new regulatory body that would regulate private practice clinics in Ontario. The clinics that would be targeted by this body would be ones that are not owned by regulated healthcare providers. Clinics owned by Regulated Healthcare providers would theoretically be exempt from this second level of oversight.

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