OAO Committees

Education Committee:

Purpose:

  • To review and update the Course Endorsement Application and related forms.
  • To assess and evaluate the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to be applied to courses, workshops, seminars, webinars and other events.
  • To annually review policies and procedures and ascertain the level of compliance of active and affiliate members with respect to CPD policy.
  • To recommend to the Board regarding the suspension and/or termination of members for mandatory CEU non-compliance within the three year cycle.
  • To review and update the Course Notice Form (website postings).
  • To determine and review the criteria for posting of international, national and local courses and events on the OAO website.
  • To plan and evaluate continuing education courses, workshops (including events surrounding the AGM), seminars, webinars and other events for members and non-members.
  • To identify potential sponsors.

Membership Committee

Purpose:

  • To identify, and recommends to the Board, potential membership markets, their needs and interests, and determine how to meet those needs and interests with programs, services and products.
  • To develop and maintain ways to recognize member contributions.
  • To review policies and procedures regarding admission, suspension and termination of members,
  • To maintain and annually update policies and procedures regarding membership requirements and qualifications.
  • To develop long-term and short-term strategies to retain current members.
  • To review new applications for membership and make recommendations to the Board regarding such applications.
  • To establish the continuing education units and other requirements to be met by Inactive Members and other applicants seeking to be Active Members and not actively engaged in treating clients osteopathically for a period of more than two years (twenty-four) months prior to application.
  • To recommend to the Board any membership fee-related policies and practices, including one-time fees for individual members in special circumstances.
  • To review and update membership-related documentation such as member benefit marketing information, new member packages, suspension, termination and thank you letters.
  • To maintain policy regarding membership stamps and related paraphernalia.

Membership Application Process Task Force

Purpose:

  • Create timelines for the integration of the new bylaw amendment.
  • Assist the Board with finalizing the draft ‘OAO Board-Approved Guidelines for training in Osteopathy’ to share with the membership, obtain feedback, and finalize for implementation of the new bylaw amendment.
  • Create a system for individuals to apply for membership and submit proper documentation to OAO to provide proof that they meet the criteria outlined in the OAO Board-Approved Guidelines for Training in Osteopathy.
  • Provide direction and recommendations to the OAO Board and Membership on how the new system will be implemented. The new system must provide the Membership Committee with the necessary information to make recommendations to the Board on membership applications.  
  • Monitor the new system once implemented and provide any necessary recommendations, to the Board and Membership, for further improvement or change.
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Professional Practice and Conduct Committee 

Purpose:

  • To establish, maintain and update policies and procedures to seek out and/or receive and process complaints of a non-criminal nature concerning members.
  • To initiate, receive and process complaints and report findings and recommendations to the Board.
  • To hire investigators and other subject-matter experts for the processing of complaints.
  • To ensure that complainants are advised to report their criminal complaints to the police and to notify the Association of the result, at which time appropriate action will be taken.
  • To advise the Board regarding educational courses or materials that would be of benefit to members based on findings.
  • To maintain a record of all complaints and their resolutions.

Public Relations Committee

Purpose:

  • To oversee the maintenance and enhancement of the Association's brand, image and trademark.
  • To raise the profile of the Association through general marketing activities and specifically marketing of the 'Find a Practitioner' feature of the website.
  • To ensure that members are kept informed of Association activities through the Newsflash and other publications.
  • To enhance and promote the exchange of information amongst members using social media and other communication and marketing tools.
  • To maintain, review and update website content.
  • To develop, review and update public relations materials for the Association and to support members' businesses.
  • To develop and maintain a media kit.
  • To promote the Association at events as an exhibitor.
  • To work with staff to promote the association through social media platforms & blogs.

Research Committee

 Purpose:

  • To participate in and support local, national and international efforts to build evidence-based research that promotes and supports osteopathy.
  • To advise and participate in fostering relationships between the OAO and external stakeholders, such as government, universities, and other organizations.
  • To maintain an awareness of current evidence-informed and evidence-based research on various topics in osteopathy and related to osteopathy.
  • To evaluate existing research literature with respect to establishing standards of practice, best practices and clinical practice guidelines.
  • To develop documents summarizing key osteopathic research for specific audiences/purposes (such as submissions for purposes of health regulation) and OAO publications.
  • To identify and evaluate journals most relevant to the practice of osteopathy.
  • To recommend journal subscriptions for the membership to the Board (ST)
  • To ensure the dissemination of research information on appropriate topics to the members.
  • To identify members' needs for continuing education in research.
  • To recommend and/or sponsors research seminars and other educational events to the Board.
  • To promote, encourage and facilitate research activities and the publication of evidence-based research studies on osteopathy.
  • To acknowledge and support excellence in research with bursaries, awards.

Standards Committee

 Purpose:

  • To maintain an awareness of the evolving health regulatory requirements and emerge legislative issues related to education, training, professional practice and ethical issues.
  • To establish, maintain and update documents as required to ensure the development and enhancement of the knowledge and skill level for safe, effective and ethical practice of osteopathy for active and affiliate members.
  • To review and update specific OAO documents such as the Standards of Practice, the Code of Ethics, an integrated Competency Profile (when completed) and any other documentation, as required.

Appropriate Use of Titles Committee

 Purpose:

  • Create a list of current academic titles and use of titles within the health care community.
  • Provide direction and recommendations to the OAO Board and Membership on conventional (and respectfully) use of post-nominal titles (ST). For example, properly identifying the qualification being a diploma, e.g. DipOMP versus DOMP.
  • Educate the members and public on the use of titles and make it properly known that no educational institution in Canada currently has the right to grant an academic degree in osteopathy.
  • Assist in having the National Occupational Codes (NOC) properly recognize & classify the practice of manual osteopathy.
  • Assist in having the Private Career Colleges Act remove the exemption from the PCCA to allow private educational institutions that provide education and training in osteopathy to be required to qualify & register as private career colleges.