Alberta Government Moves to Regulate Massage Therapy Organizations Divided On How To Best Protect Public



    EDMONTON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Massage Therapy organizations in Alberta are
deeply divided on the question of the regulation of Massage Therapy in
Alberta.
    Alberta's Minister of Health and Wellness Ron Liepert has asked the
Health Professions Advisory Board (HPAB) to provide recommendations on whether
or not Massage Therapy should be regulated and, if so, under what model. The
HPAB will meet on October 15 & 16, 2008 to hear arguments and formulate their
recommendations.
    The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC), representing 72% of
massage therapists in Alberta, say that if regulation is required, it must
follow a Multi-Category Model for Massage (MCM).
    Other organizations in Alberta will argue that the regulation of Massage
Therapy must follow B.C., Ontario and Newfoundland & Labrador's lead and
regulate under a single-tier model of regulation.
    NHPC believes that single tier regulation could decimate the profession.
    The regulation of Massage Therapy has been in Canada for close to a
century, with the Province of Ontario regulating massage therapists under a
single-category model as far back as 1919.
    NHPC will provide information and interview opportunities on why it is in
the best interests of the province to step into the 21st century and regulate
under the MCM to serve Albertans safely and effectively.
    Demonstration massage treatments can also be arranged.

    Vist <a href="http://www.nhpcanada.org/pages/Advocacy/Provincial.aspx">http://www.nhpcanada.org/pages/Advocacy/Provincial.aspx</a> for visuals,
Backgrounder, Fast Facts, Q & A and additional information.





For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview or for more information
contact: Claire Ashton, NHPC Communications Manager, p. (780) 484-2010 toll
free 1-888-711-7701, c. (780) 716-4310, e. cashton@nhpcanada.org

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