On March 7, 2017, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council's (HPRAC) Chiropody and Podiatry: Regulation of the Profession and the Model of Foot Care in Ontario

The Ministry held a 45-day public consultation on the report and recommendations.

The OPMA made a submission to the Ministry on April 21, 2017. Click the picture below to read the submission. 


 Taxation of Extended Health Benefits Plans Off the Table 

There has been a lot of speculation recently that the Trudeau government intends to tax employer or union-funded extended health benefits in the next Federal Budget. In the House of Commons on February 2, Conservative MP Denis Lebel asked if the government intends to tax dental and health care plans. The Prime Minister responded that "it was never in our plan to increase taxes as suggested by the Member". The Prime Minister said much the same in response to an earlier question from the Leader of the Opposition.

OPMA Past President Bruce Ramsden Meets Health Minister Eric Hoskins

Bruce Ramsden (OPMA Past President), right, and Eric Hoskins (Minister of Health and Long-Term Care), left.

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. 

See OPMA's final submission to HPRAC here 

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.

Representatives of the OPMA have met with Minister Hoskins himself several times, as well as with the members of his personal staff who are responsible for this file and with senior Ministry officials. The OPMA has also been very actively engaged with the College and with the OSC. The OSC has indicated that it is "100%" supportive of the College's recommendations to HPRAC and we are all working together to try to get the necessary legislation drafted, tabled in the Legislature and passed before the next election in June, 2018.


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.


Robert Chelin at the RCPS (Glasgow)

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 hosted the likes of Dr. Joseph Lister the father of "antisepsis" and Dr. David Livingstone.

OPMA Participates in the Annual 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.


The average moderately active person take around 7,500 step/day. If you maintain that daily average and live until 80 years of age, you'll have walked about 216,262,500 steps in your lifetime. Doing the math; the average person with the average stride living until 80 will walk a distance of around 110,000 miles.

Healthy Feet  |   Healthy Life

Ontario Podiatrists Participate in the Walk to Conquer Cancer

Congrats to OPMA members on the September 12th, 2015 walkathon!

Drs. Neil Naftolin (far right),  Steve Haber (far left and front row), Sam Ber, Bob Chelin (left back row) Kel Sherkin, and Danny Rosenthal.
Source: PM News [9/17/15]

Members of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA) offered their services at the various stops along the route. They provided foot care ranging form blister care to applying strapping for the multiple foot and ankle strains. 

Under the lead of Dr. Neil Naftolin, the other podiatrists who offered their assistance were Drs. Steve Haber, Sam Ber, Bob Chelin  Kel Sherkin, and Danny Rosenthal.

Hope to see your feet at the 2016 Walk to Conquer Cancer on September 10. 

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