Our Strategic Priorities
The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) champions the success of naturopathic doctors and the health of Ontarians. We focus on:
- Advancing the profession’s interests on behalf of the health of Ontarians, through advocacy with government around scope of practice that maximizes the use of registered naturopathic doctors’ knowledge, training and skills in the care of their patients, and through leading edge continuing education for naturopathic doctors (NDs).
NDs are highly credentialed, highly respected, primary healthcare generalists and a key pillar in Ontario’s healthcare system. More than 100,000 Ontarians visit NDs annually in almost 750,000 visits.
- Promoting the value of naturopathic medicine to the general public, government, other health professions and stakeholders
- Inspiring strong internal and external community and partnerships
Our vision is that 100% of Ontarians are choosing naturopathic doctors as an integral part of their primary health care team.
Advancing the Profession’s Interests On Behalf of the Health of Ontarians
Naturopathic medicine has been regulated in Ontario under the Drugless Practitioner’s Act, since 1925. We are about to transition into self-regulation in the province, under the umbrella Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 that now regulates 25 other health professions, including physicians, dentists and nurses. Our transition to self-regulation will occur with proclamation of the Naturopathy Act, 2007. The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) will regulate the practice of naturopathic medicine, in the same way that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario regulates the practice of conventional medicine in the province.
After the new Act comes into effect, NDs will be even better positioned to help relieve more of the pressure on other elements of the healthcare system in Ontario…patients report that naturopathic medicine helps them to be less reliant on expensive pharmaceuticals, make fewer unnecessary visits to emergency rooms and improve their health by making better lifestyle and dietary choices. Additionally NDs help fill gaps in Ontario’s healthcare system…in some communities; an ND is the only healthcare professional providing general primary healthcare. And, about 50% of naturopathic doctors provide house calls.
Continuing education is a regulatory requirement for registered NDs in the province of Ontario. The OAND is proud to sponsor leading edge continuing education offering clinical insights based on recent research findings and long term clinical practice, in a variety of learning methods, from webinars to live in-person training. Annually the OAND sponsors a 3 day clinical convention that is respected throughout the North American naturopathic community.
Promoting the Value of Naturopathic Medicine to the General Public:
Naturopathic Doctors are passionate about the contribution they make to the health of Ontarians now and looking forward to the extended opportunities for inter-professional collaboration that will be possible with the pending move to self-regulation.
Naturopathic doctors treat the whole person as an individual, focusing on helping to find out the root cause of what’s wrong, and leveraging the body’s natural ability to heal in their treatment programs. One of the important focuses of naturopathic medicine is the treatment and prevention of chronic disease, which affects 80% of Ontarians over 45 years of age, and accounts for over half of the direct and indirect costs of health care in the province.
We are pleased to be launching an ongoing education and outreach campaign to the general public starting Winter 2015, that will educate you on the extensive training ( 3 years pre-med plus 4 years of medical training in naturopathic medicine) and stringent, North-American wide examination standards that practicing NDs in Ontario have met. The campaign will also discuss how an ND might support you in your health goals and direct you to an on-line directory of registered NDs who are members of the OAND in a location convenient to you anywhere in the province. Information on the nature of each ND’s practice and contact details is provided.
Inspiring Strong Internal and External Community and Partnerships
The OAND community of NDs interacts with each other in several ways: through informal and formal networking, individually and through the regional networks established throughout the province, and through diverse in-person events. Our association and members are linked to the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and work closely with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, as well as the regulator – the (transitional) College of Naturopaths of Ontario. Ongoing inter-professional collaboration with other regulated health care providers in a patient’s circle of care is typical.