Follow OPPQ’s president
Allow me to take a minute to update you on the progress Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ) has made in some key areas.
Integration of other groups into OPPQ
Office des professions du Québec (OPQ) will be moving ahead with the creation of a separate professional order for osteopaths. For OPQ, osteopathy is not a treatment, activity, or approach; it is a profession with its own distinct purpose and objectives.¹ Obviously OPQ will consult with the professional orders involved—OPPQ among them—as it proceeds with this initiative.
For kinesiologists, the status quo will continue. We have not received any requests for creation of a professional order for kinesiologists, and there are no plans to do so in the near future.
Massage therapists, represented by Martin Vallée of Association professionnelle des massothérapeutes spécialisés du Québec, confirmed that their group (comprising 6,200 members) does not want to join the professional system and will continue to oversee the massage therapy profession through the association. Mr. Vallée showed a great deal of respect for the scope of practice of physiotherapy. Furthermore, OPQ did not approach us about the possible creation of an order for massage therapists.
Finally, for sports therapists, a Regulation respecting certain professional activities that may be engaged in by an athletic therapist² is currently followed by the Collège des médecins. The regulation will remain in effect until May 2017. Since sports therapists are part of the professional system, OPQ has asked if we would like to integrate them into OPPQ. We are currently holding talks with OPQ and and sports therapists to decide on next steps and will keep you regularly informed of developments in this regard.
Review of application of Section 4, which provides a framework for interdisciplinary practice to encourage efficient use of our members
Section 4 of the regulation respecting the categories of permits issued by OPPQ was implemented to provide a framework for interdisciplinary practice between physiotherapists and physical rehabilitation therapists (PRTs). Now that a few years have passed, it is time to assess this model according to strict objective criteria in a practice context based on solid and conclusive data. We will also assess its effectiveness in the field and suggest improvements as necessary. The ultimate aim will be to optimize the use of physiotherapists and PRTs. The assessment got underway this fall.
In closing, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all Happy Holidays!
Denis Pelletier, pht., M. Sc.
1 Lettre de l’Office des professions du 17 avril 2013