TCMO Day at Queen’s Park

December 4, 2023

A few weeks ago, your TCMO Team, some awesome TCMO members and engaging representatives from schools descended on Queen’s Park to host a reception for MPP’s and their staff as well as conduct a few meetings and spend some time in the Legislature.

Yes! It was very very successful, and YES!! this event will become an annual one, stay tuned for the 2024 date!

Katrina Dollano (Vice President, TCMO) and Heather Kenny (President, TCMO), accompanied by Ralph Palumbo and Mark Holmes (of KWM Consulting) began the day as guests of MPP Laurie Scott with passes to the Member’s Gallery where we listened to the opening questions of Question Period. T

he middle hours of the day were consumed with meetings with MPP’s and their staff. We enjoyed a very informative meeting with MPP Michael Tibollo, Minister of Mental Health & Addictions. Minister Tibollo has first-hand knowledge of eastern medicines and is supportive of our efforts at TCMO.

MPP France Gelinas was also very knowledgeable and supportive. In her role as Health Critic, Official Opposition, she remembered the deregulation challenges that our profession encountered and ultimately altered the direction of the Government.

Likewise, during our meeting with MPP John Fraser, the Interim Leader of the Liberal Party, he also recalled the deregulation issue and how our profession and our patients spoke out so loudly. NDP Leader, Leader of the Official Opposition, MPP Marit Stiles was also very informed about our profession, supportive and offered some connections within her party to move our ideas forward.

The reception in the evening was very well attended by all parties, many pictures were taken, and connections were made.

We continue to follow-up to ensure that our profession continues to remain relevant and top-of-mind to members of Government.

TCMO Day at Queen’s Park

October 4, 2023

The TCMO is partnering with a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) to establish an annual TCM & Acupuncture Day in Ontario.  This Private Member’s Bill will be presented on the floor of the legislature during the upcoming Fall or Winter sessions.

Having an official and annual TCM & Acupuncture Day will bring more credibility and awareness to our profession not only with the government but also in the eyes of the public.  

TCMO Day  will consist of two main parts:

  1. Meetings with government officials to discuss key issues
  2. A reception for MPPs, TCMO members and TCM stakeholders

TCMO Day provides the profession an opportunity to outreach to MPP’s, their staff and the ministries pertinent to our profession in both formal and informal settings. The formal meetings held during the day with the Ministries of Health, Long Term Care, and Seniors & Accessibility will allow the association to build relationships with these key decision makers. And, at the end of the day, the celebration and reception will allow our TCMO members, TCM stakeholders as well as MPP’s and their staff a more informal setting to have conversations about TCM in Ontario.

As our Government Relations firm shared during our AGM in July, politicians are most concerned about how their actions will be viewed in their own ridings where they are elected.  What happens in local communities means a great deal not only to the municipal councilors, but provincial legislators and Federal parliamentarians. This underscores the need for grassroots lobbying as well as the outreach to higher political offices.

Represent Your Profession at Queen’s Park

We are looking for TCMO members who can attend the reception to speak with their local MPP. Don’t worry if you don’t know who your MPP is – we do! And we will ensure that introductions are made.  Spaces are limited and we are looking for the appropriate match up with MPPs so admission is not guaranteed.

Please note that due to security reasons, your legal name must be on the guestlist in order to attend our reception at Queen’s Park. Please do not show up unless your attendance is confirmed.

TCMO joins the Coalition of Regulated Health Professional Associations (CORPHA)

March 22, 2023

Friends & Colleagues, we did it!

TLDR; TCMO has been awarded the seat to represent TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists within CORPHA (Coalition of Regulated Health Professional Associations). The first meeting was eye-opening about the state of other RHPs and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

I’m elated to announce that the TCMO is the official member of CORPHA, representing the interests of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists in Ontario.

Thank you to TCMO President Heather Kenny for her tireless work, advocacy and networking to get us this seat.

CORPHA was formed to keep the member associations apprised about what is happening at the MOH and to be a support to one another as allied health professionals in terms of what the associations are doing to best assist their members.

I had the opportunity to attend the TCMO’s first CORPHA meeting. Below are some of the highlights:

  • Allison Henry, Director, Health Workforce Regulatory Oversight at the MOH attended and gave a short presentation on what they are focusing on at the MOH. They are intending to move forwards with a a more “team-based approach” to healthcare. She is the point of contact for all change of scope of practice applications. The midwives said that they have had a change before her for years without any feedback other than additional questions.
  • Some of the other RHPs shared what their strategies are regarding DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) within their respective professions
  • The ODA (Ontario Dental Association) is hosting a training for dental office staff on records management and some of the other RHPs will look for feedback on that event and how it went
  • Discussion about what some of the associations are recommending to their members to address the changing public health requirements for COVID

Many of our colleagues had no idea that of the 23 regulated health professions in Ontario, TCM & Acupuncture was the only one without a seat in CORPHA. Ensuring that Chinese medicine and acupuncture is being represented in CORPHA is critical for our profession and was one of the main goals of Project Newsletter.

Project Newsletter was a volunteer drive to add people to the TCMO’s newsletter mailing list so we can keep them updated about this and other critical issues impacting our profession.

Thank you to our volunteers who gave many hours of their time and hard work to contact our colleagues. We added hundreds of other practitioners to the TCMO mailing list with your efforts.

The newsletter launches soon and so does our new website. We’ll be able to share more easily what we’ve been working on at the TCMO, current events and issues that will have a direct impact on our profession and its stakeholders, and benefits to membership.

We are taking some of the great ideas shared during our first CORPHA meeting and bringing those to our members. So stay tuned!

We thank you for your patience and support, as we the board members, are all volunteers.

Looking forward to doing more great things for our profession. And just an FYI, we’re always looking for more help. If you’re interested in volunteering for the TCMO, please feel free to reach out. We’re stronger together.

Your TCMO VP,

Katrina

New Member Portal

March 13, 2023

TCMO is thrilled to announce our new member portal!

It has always been our goal to achieve a broader acceptance and understanding of the scope of practice of R.Acs and R.TCMPs and this updated structure will help all of us achieve that.

Our new platform provides our members with a heightened level of support, both from TCMO ourselves and the incredible partners we’ve teamed up with, including JaneApp, Jukebox Print, Healthy Seminars, and more.

Through these new partnerships, our community is given exclusive access to discounts on software designed to help streamline your practice, resources to elevate your business, and educational materials to expand your and your clients’ knowledge bases.

However, this isn’t the final iteration of this portal. A huge priority for us in this initiative is learning from feedback. We want to hear from our community about what is working, what isn’t and what ideas you have for an even more effective experience. Through this open dialogue, we hope to achieve a platform that provides a comprehensive arsenal of tools that empowers our members to do their best work.

If you are new to TCMO and want to access the portal, click here to become a member. From here you will be able to log in, pay dues and access the exclusive discounts.

If you are an existing member of TCMO, your account has already been set up! You should have received an email with a link to set up your password. If you have no received such an email, simply follow this link to create your new password, using the email address.

If you have paid dues already and it’s not reflected in the portal, or you unable to setup your password, reach out to webmaster@tcmo.ca and we can rectify the issue right away.

On behalf of everyone at TCMO, we welcome you to your new online hub! We hope these improvements create positive change and we look forward to hearing your feedback.