Osteopathy in the Sea to Sky area
December 2, 2015
I am concerned by the increasing number of unqualified practitioners claiming to practice osteopathy in the Whistler and Sea to sky corridor.
Manual practice osteopathy is not regulated properly in BC which allows many to practice without proper qualifications or training. This includes students who are not fully qualified and those who have completed part time courses that are not up to the standard of the World Health Organizations Benchmarks for training in osteopathy. I fail to see any difference between a poorly qualified practitioner or a student who may have many years of training ahead of them and is not fully qualified. Would you seen any other unqualified healthcare practitioner working unsupervised?
Osteopathy in BC seems to be the only healthcare profession that allows ones like this to practice. I certainly miss the regulated profession of osteopathy in the UK where this situation would not occur.
If you are seeking manual practice osteopathy in this area please consult www.osteopathybc.ca prior to booking with a practitioner as this organization has the highest standards of membership criteria. Any practitioner who is not a member is probably not suitably qualified.
A new website has recently been developed in the UK to help practitioners find out about osteopathy worldwide. It includes a section on Canada and only two schools of osteopathy are currently recognised by this organisation
Canadian Academy of Osteopathy
Centre Osteopathique Quebec
Contact: Stephanie Cardinal
2210 Boul. Henri-Bourassa Est, Bureau 103
Montreal H2B 1TB
+1 514 384 1271
College d’Etudes Osteopathiques de Montreal
Contact: Philippe Druelle
7400, Boul. Saint Laurent
+1 514 342 2816
This would also include the Vancouver campus.
This information can be found at www.osteointernational.uk created by the Osteopathic Development Group
I have been involved with OsteopathyBC in creating our Codes of Ethics and Practice Standards so I am very keen for all to have the best osteopathic care.
When seeking osteopathy in BC there is good reason to keep the Latin phrase caveat emptor at the front of your thought process and exercise due diligence in finding a properly qualified ethical practitioner.