BRITISH COLUMBIA CHAPTER – By Dr. Dana Mah
The past year has been one of continuing progression and maturation for our profession in British Columbia. Recently, the College of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC adopted the Entry Level Occupational Competencies for Canadian TCM Practice. This document is of great value for three reasons: firstly, providing a concise guideline from a practice standpoint for those just starting out their practice, secondly, the reinforcement of educational standards reflective of present day professional and legal requirements and, most notably, the document demonstrates the will and commitment towards improvement and strengthening of our profession by those directly involved in the field. Our branch has also been following the developments in the processes involved with the regulation of Natural Health Products. There had been an on-going concern regarding impacts on product accessibility affected by the backlong involved with the registration of product applications. This has been suitably and satisfactorily addressed by the Natural Health Products Directorate through their streamlining of the application process with the use of technological and procedural solutions to expedite the procedure. The Directorate has noted progress in dealing with the applications backlog and aims to have this resolved by next year. The upcoming year will be an exciting as well as a challenging one. Exciting as Vancouver is ready to stage the 2010 Winter Games and will be host to the world. Challenging as there are still overlying concerns (economic, ecological and ethical) that face not only our profession, but by society at large. It is through the existence and example of a strong community that demonstrates experienced and envisioned leadership. The CMAAC is a very good example of this and, with the on-going efforts from our Presidents (past and present), Board of Directors, Chapter Presidents and all members at large, will continue to do so for many years to come. Seasons Greetings to all and may 2010 be a year of peace, continued growth and prosperity for everyone.
MANITOBA CHAPTER By Dr. Lin Liu
In 2009 our professional membership once again grew larger, with the graduation of a new group of practitioners from the Compu College training program. Our membership is full of spirit, support and readiness to work for the benefit of the profession and the public. 2009 was a difficult year for our Provincial Government Dept. of Health. We had a turn over of three Health Ministers and the promised date for our legislation moved further away with each of these changes. In November however, we had a very lengthy meeting with the government officials who have developed the statutory framework and procedures for our long awaited legislation. Our final consultations are underway. In Newfoundland our profession will come under an “Umbrella Legislation”. This will assist a number of health professions that do not have sufficiently high numbers to effectively maintain a regulatory structure, both in terms of cost and providing the personnel necessary to serve on the disciplinary committees. While each of the professions under the Umbrella Legislation will have its own independent college, representatives from each profession along with public representatives, will be linked to form an interdisciplinary council. It is envisioned that the role of the council will be to handle registration and licensure, form a complaints authorization committee, handle all disciplinary matters, employ staff, set fees and prepare an annual report. Each professional group will establish a college to prescribe scopes of practice, entry-to-practice requirements, standards of practice and codes of ethics. The composition of the colleges will include professional members elected from the membership and public members chosen by college members. The Umbrella Legislation has the firm commitment of our Government to proceed through the legislature in the spring of 2010. We still have much to be thankful for from our Alberta mentors, who continue to conduct our provincial examinations. This has done much to elevate the profession and allow us to give positive feedback to the school on program development. We now have our own examiners in training to conduct the exam and will transition to our own provincial delivery of the exam when this training is completed. We continue to share in the initiative to establish National standards for Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture in Canada along with British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. We are proud to be assisting in the development of excellent standards for our profession in this country and in the transparent mobility of our professional workforce. We continue to see CMAAC as integral to our progress and must extend our gratitude for the financial support given to us in 2009 which helped in our participation at the national standards meetings. As always, we extend sincere thanks to Professor Cheung for the years of guidance he has given and even with his busy schedule on the Transitional Council, continues to give to Newfoundland. Health, happiness & prosperity to all in 2010。
就紐芬蘭省政府衛生部有關中醫立法管理事宜，2009年是艱難的一年。 我們換了三次衛生部長； 每次的更換使得衛生部所承諾的立法管理中醫專業一次又一次地延長。不過，在十一月份，我們與省政府衛生部官方人員舉行了一個時間很長的會議；在會議期間，設定了我們期待已久的專業管理的法律框架和程序。我們最後的磋商仍在進行中。在紐芬蘭省，中醫針灸專業立法將歸納到所稱“雨傘保護立法”；一些不具備足夠高的人數的健康衛生專業，無論是在成本方面，或提供必要的人員擔任管理委員會方面，這將幫助這些專業切實維護和建立監管立法管理體系。在“雨傘保護立法”的管理下，每個立法管理的專業將有自己的獨立管理院，各自管理院的代表，以及民眾代表，將組成一個各科統一管理委員會。設立管理委員會將辦理登記和執照，授權成立一個投訴委員會，處理一切違法事項，聘請工作人員，設置費用和編寫一份年度報告。
我們很自豪能夠在全國內協助發展中醫專業隊伍， 推進專業的流動性。我們將與加拿大中醫藥針灸學會總部繼續密切聯係，并感謝總部在2009年所提供的財政支持；這有助於我們參與國家標準的會議。我們一如以往， 向張金達教授多年的領導表示衷心的感謝；張金達教授從他繁忙的安大略省中醫專業過渡管理委員的工作中，抽出時間繼續給予紐芬蘭省分會巨大的支持和鼓勵。祝願萬事如意，事業成功！
NOVA SCOTIA CHAPTER - By Dr. Diana Tong Li
Greetings to all from the Nova Scotia Chapter. Like all CMAAC chapters, the Nova Scotia Chapter of CMAC has worked very hard on the promotion and development of acupuncture and TCM over the past year. One of our major achievements is that we have the members continuing to upgrade their skills and knowledge through continuing education. Our chapter invited Professor Li Chun Huang, a well-known Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture specialist, to lecture on the theory of Auricular Acupoints and treatment procedures. Professor Huang has been coming to Nova Scotia once to twice per year for the past six years. Some of our members have achieved the Master Level of the Auricular Medicine Certificates. Our member, Dr. Frankly Chen, has completed a research paper: A clinical study on Acupuncture and TCM in Treating Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). The research paper contained over eighteen hundred thousand (180,000.00) words. It is believed to be the first one in the world using TCM and Acupuncture treating this kind of disease. Dr. Chen started his research on this project in 1993. The clinical results show that the total effective rate was 91.56%. The abstract of this research paper was published in 2009 International Convention Traditional Medicine and Manual Techniques (Toronto) as well at the 7th World Acupuncture Congress of WFAS (France) in 2009. Dr. Chen's success story on treating environmental illness and MCS on a hospital nurse was also broadcast on the evening news television program. Over the past eighteen years, Dr. Diana Li, our Nova Scotia Chapter’s President’s, research has been on Acupuncture and TCM Treating Infertility. Her research was published in 2009 International Convention Traditional Medicine and Manual Techniques (Toronto) and she was also invited to give a lecture on Acupuncture Treating Infertility at the National Women's Conference in Toronto October 24th, 2009. Many of our Nova Scotia members also finished different research papers and submitted their papers at Chapter Education Meetings. We are very proud of their great achievements. We have been continuing to lobby the Nova Scotia government on regulating acupuncture in Nova Scotia. It is very important to set up a standard on education before this goal can be reached. With the support from the CMAC head office, Oshio college of Acupuncture and Herbology, and the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we are pursuing to set up a new, private career college using the British Columbia curriculum, which will meet and exceed the requirements of all regulating provinces. With the strong support of our members, we hope to regulate the practice of acupuncture in Nova Scotia in the near future. We want to send a special thanks to Director General Lin Hsi Ping and Professor Wei Ling Qin for all of their support this year and hope that that the members in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec will share the experience with us and will provide informational support. We thank you again for all of your support over the past year, and we wish our fellow colleagues a healthy, happy new year!
代表諾省分會首先向大家問新年好。和所有其它加拿大中醫藥針灸學會分會一樣，諾省在過去的一年中努力地推廣和發展傳統中醫針灸。 其中一個重大的成果是我們的會員們繼續通過他們的再教育和繼續培訓，提高他們的專業技術技能和中醫知識。諾省分會邀請著名中醫針灸專家黃利春教授來講授耳穴穴位理論和治療程序。 黃教授在過去的六年中，每年來到諾省一到兩次。 有一些會員們已經到達耳針的碩士水平的醫學證明書。我們的會員， Franklin 陳醫師已經完成了一個研究論文 “多種化學物質靈敏度的臨床研究和中醫藥針灸治療法”。 這份研究報告包括了一千八百萬文字；它被認為是第一個在世界上使用傳統中醫藥和針灸治療這種疾病的。陳醫師於1993年開始了這個研究項目；臨床結果表明治療總有效率為91。 56％。這項研究論文的摘要在2009年多倫多國際傳統醫學手法大會上發表；同時，在法國2009年世界針灸學會聯合會第七屆世界針灸學術大會上宣讀。在治療一所醫院的護士有關環境疾病及多種化學物質靈敏度的症狀，陳醫師的成功業績和故事在當地晚間新聞的電視節目中播放. 在過去的18年裡，我們諾省的分會會長Diana Tong Li醫師，一直在研究中醫針灸治療不孕症。她的研究成果在2009年多倫多國際傳統醫學手法大會上發表；2009年10月24日，她還被應邀到多倫多全國婦女大會上就針灸治療不孕症發表了教育演講。我們的許多成員在諾省完成了不同的研究論文，并向教育會議部門提交了論文。我們為我們分會所作出偉大成就感到非常自豪。在去年11月11日，加拿大廣播電視台為他們的新聞節目來到L-C 針灸診所訪問Diana Tong Li醫師；新聞報道在感冒和流感季節，Diana Tong Li醫師應用傳統中醫藥針灸，刺激人體免疫功能，幫助市民預防疾病。 這個療法對于今年特別有用，尤其豬瘟是一個嚴重的影響健康問題。我們還在繼續於諾省省政府就有關傳統中藥藥針灸立法管理事宜交談。在實現中藥立法之前，建立統一的教育培訓標準這是非常重要的。依靠加拿大中醫藥針灸學會總部，OSHIO 針灸草藥學院，和安大略省傳統中藥藥針灸學院的支持，使用哥倫比亞省的課程，我們正在建立一個新的，私立中藥針灸專業學院；這將達到並超過所有立法省份的要求和標準。隨著我們的成員們的大力支持，我們希望在不久的將來，諾省將實現中藥針灸立法管理。我們在此對林希平主任和邱瑋玲會長不斷的關心和支持表示衷心的感謝；同時希望哥倫比亞省，亞省和魁北克省的會員們於我們共同協作，分享經驗，提供信息。我們再次感謝大家在過去的一年的支持，我們祝願各位同事身體健康，新年快樂！
Quebec Chapter – By Dr Gasan Askerow
Here in Québec, we continue promoting Traditional Chinese medicine, and looking very much forward to the conclusion of the work on the implementation of our transitional TCM college.
Best regards, and Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Year to all,