Ontario’s Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are provincially regulated primary care providers trained in evidence-based natural and conventional therapies. OAND efforts are focused on contributing to the growing respect and understanding of the value of Naturopathic medicine, ensuring that NDs are able to make an increased contribution to addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the health care system, and ensuring that Ontario patients have access to high quality Naturopathic care.
The Naturopathy Act, 2007, is the result of many years of effort by the naturopathic profession to achieve a strong new foundation in Ontario. The Act, which was proclaimed on July 1, 2015, moved the regulation of the profession in line with other RHPA pratitioners, making NDs true partners in health care delivery in Ontario.
The OAND continues with efforts to help NDs be more successful in practice, and improve access to Naturopathic care for Ontarians.
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.
OAND’s success in moving Naturopathic Doctors into the same regulatory framework as other healthcare professions in Ontario removes barriers to collaboration, and creates new opportunities for Ontarians to access Naturopathic care.