BRITISH COLUMBIA CHAPTER
By Dr. Dana Mah, Chapter President
Best Wishes to the CMAAC Head Office, All Board members, Chapter Presidents and members at large here and abroad. The year 2010 has been a year of stable and continuous progress for the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture profession here in British Columbia.
At the present time, the College of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists is in the process of electing six Board members, who will take office in January 2011. We send best wishes to those seeking election as a Board member and hope that they will continue in the vision to provide increased access of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a system of care in its entirety to society at large.
While we have achieved a good level of maturity with the system that has been set in place, there is still a good deal of learning and understanding of the necessities of ethics in practice to ensure equitable access for all stakeholders (which includes the public, regulatory bodies and practitioners) involved in the field. An example of this was reflected in media reports of some practitioners seeking claims for services that were never delivered.
We are heartened with the steady progress of the Transitional Council of the College of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario and hope to see that the Ontario body will continue to see continued success and prosperity as 2011 progresses. It is a heartwarming feeling to bear witness to the vision that was set by the CMAAC, a vision that is continuing in all of the good works done by leaders in all provinces and at Head Office.
It is hoped that there is a great deal of continued progress in other provinces on their individual initiatives to bring about greater access to the services and good works offered by members of our profession. The establishment of the TCM Profession throughout Canada is a hearty goal to strive for.
On this note, we in British Columbia wish everyone best wishes in 2011, Good Health and a prosperous life in your practices and
HONG KONG CHAPTER
By Dr. Philip Chau Ping Lee, Chapter Presidnet
The CMAAC Chapter President of Hong Kong, Dr. Philip Lee, received his reward from the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 13th November 2010. This reward is presented to individuals who continuously participated in the studies at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and has reached the age of 65.
On behalf of the CMAAC, the Hong Kong Chapter has participated in 3 health talks for the Catholic Church in different districts and 1 health talk for the Rotary Club. So far, no Chinese Medicine practitioner in Hong Kong is interested in joining CMAAC, as there is not much benefit that one will gain from it.
由 12月 3日起《中醫藥條例》第 119條有關中成藥必須註冊的條文正式生效，任何人不得銷售、進口或管有任何未註冊的中成藥。衞生署中藥組至 10月共接獲約 1.67萬宗中成藥註冊申請，有約 9,150宗獲「確認中成藥過渡性註冊通知書」（編號為 HKP-XXXXX），另有 2,130宗獲「確認中成藥註冊（非過渡性）申請通知書」（編號為 HKNT-XXXXX）。至今沒有中成藥獲最終的「中成藥註冊證明書」。
申請中約 5,300宗即約 32%，因未能提交足夠資料被拒註冊，包括未能提交重金屬、農藥殘留及微生物報告等，意味有關中成藥將要撤出市場。
《中醫藥條例》第 143及 144條有關中成藥必須附有標籤及說明書的條文，於 2011年 12月 1日才生效；即本周五起已註冊的中成藥，沒有在包裝上列明註冊編號亦不違法。市民要知道中成藥是否獲註冊，可到香港中醫藥管理委員會的網頁。
By Dr. Lin Liu, Chapter President
This year has been productive for the CMAAC in Manitoba. We have taken some concrete steps toward improving access to acupuncture in Manitoba.
In May, we met with Jon Gerrard, MLA, MD, and the leader of the provincial Liberal party along with Milton Sussman, Deputy Minister of Health in Manitoba and the former Chief Operating Officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA). They helped us to understand how to begin the process of regulation. They advised us that the first step is to survey all CMAAC members to determine if regulation is desired. Once we have determined this, the next step was to open a formal regulation application at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
We have enlisted a skilled researcher to create the survey which will be deployed to CMAAC members in early 2011. We are also in the process of gathering information from other newly formed health practitioner associations in Manitoba in order to learn from their experience in achieving regulation. In addition, we are in contact with the province regarding the newly passed Regulated Profession Act in order to better understand the specific requirements for achieving regulation in Manitoba.
In June, David Faurschou, MLA, introduced a Private Members’ Resolution to the legislature asking the government of Manitoba to consider granting tax deductible status for health care services provided by recognized physicians trained in alternative medical practices. Traditional Chinese Medicine was one of the modalities named in the resolution. In addition, a petition signed by more than 600 persons calling for the necessary change in legislation was submitted in support of the resolution. The resolution remains on the order paper awaiting further debate.
Thank you to the following CMAAC members that worked hard to collect patient signatures and support for the resolution:
Dr. Guojian Huang, Dr. Priscilla Kerr Hatae, Dr. Lin Li, Dr. Jing Liu, Dr. Shaoli Shi, Dr. Xiuyin Wang, etc. Special thanks to Dr. Priscilla Kerr Hatae who arranged and attended our meeting with Jon Gerrard and Milton Sussman.
We are continuing to work on this project and hope to make more headway in 2011.
今年五月，我们与蒙尼托巴省自由党主席Jon Gerrard, MLA, MD，蒙尼托巴省卫生局副局长兼温尼伯地区卫生机构前首席执行官Milton Sussman博士会面，他们对我们学会如何开始中医立法的法律程序提出了指导意见。他们建议我们，推行中医立法的第一步，是对现有会员进行民意调查，以确定他们对立法的愿望。第一步调查工作完成以后，就可以进行下一步的工作，即向温尼伯卫生机构提出申请。
今年六月，蒙尼托巴省立法委员 David Faursch向蒙尼托巴省立法会提出了关于申请省政府考虑对包含中医师在内的有组织的替代疗法医师进行减税的提案。另外，600多人签名支持中医立法的提案书已经提交到有关部门，正在等待下一期的立法辩论（总签名1000余人，400余人因不能取得联系未计）。
黄国健医师，Dr.Priscilla Kerr Hatae, 李林医师 ，刘晶医师 ，史少丽医师， 王秀银医师等。 在此，特别感谢Dr. Priscilla Kerr Hatae为安排我们与Jon Gerrard及 Milton Sussman会面做出的贡献。
2011 年， 我们将在此基础上， 更加努力地工作,以期取得更大的成绩
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR CHAPTER,
By Dr. Ethne Munden, Chapter President
2010 has been a most successful year for our professional association. We witnessed Royal Assent to our legislation on June 24th. “Bill 17”. We have since been diligently working on our regulations under that Bill and anticipate this to be completed very early in 2011. Our legislation in NL is different from any other province. Bill 17 is a canopy legislation that will govern several professions. There will be an overarching health professionals’ council which will have two representatives from each of the professions involved. Each profession will however have its own professional College and its own regulations. Items such as disciplinary actions will be dealt with at the Council level. Items such as education, ethics etc. will be under the confines of the College. Our first set of regulations will cover TCM Acupuncture including its modalities such as Tui-na, Cupping, Moxabustion, Nutrition, Exercise, the use of items such as laser. We are simultaneously working on our regulations for TCM Herbology, which will follow over the 2011 year and thus regulations will ultimately cover the full spectrum of the TCM profession.
Our membership will continue to increase over the 2011 year, with a new graduating class of ten pending for the month of May. We have networked with Alberta to continue with their provincial examination. We are benefitted greatly from their preparation and validation through their exam for our “old” and “new” graduates. Our membership will be well prepared for mobility within the Labor force of Canada.
We are pleased to have many hands, skills and spirits working together for the benefit of the profession here in NL. We seem to have a unified heart for what is unfolding and a common spirit to uphold things for the future.
We graciously thank all the other regulated provinces of Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario for the full and generous support that was given to our province in its final efforts towards legislation and regulation. We could not have managed without them.
We continue to respect CMAAC and value our connection. We respect CMAAC as having a strong voice in the outcomes for our profession in Canada.
We see a wonderful unity of the provinces that can only bring forward a great future.
Health, happiness & prosperity to all in 2011!