The new Naturopathy Act, 2007, is the result of many years of effort by the naturopathic profession to achieve a strong new foundation in Ontario. The Naturopathy Act, which is currently being implemented, moves the regulation of the profession from an antiquated framework in place since the 1920s.
The OAND continues with efforts to help NDs be more successful in practice, and improve access to naturopathic care for Ontarians wanting a more natural approach.
This new foundation for the profession comes at a time when Ontario’s health care system is facing major challenges, and Ontario’s NDs offer important solutions. The OAND works to build awareness that NDs are clinically trained to play a larger role in the delivery of primary care, and to help save precious healthcare dollars through unique expertise in addressing preventable risk factors, managing or even reversing chronic disease, and helping patients to reduce use of expensive pharmaceuticals.
The Naturopathy Act holds the potential for Ontarians to get better access to safe and effective naturopathic care. Achieving this potential requires good regulations, and a regulatory college that understands that patients want their doctor to practice safely and ethically to the full extent of their training and capability. OAND efforts to move naturopathic doctors into the same regulatory framework as other healthcare professions remove barriers to collaboration, and create new opportunities for Ontarians to access naturopathic care.