McGuinty Government Announces Registrar Of The College Of Traditional Chinese Medicine



    Appointment of Registrar a Major Step in the Development of the College

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is moving forward with
the development of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners
and Acupuncturists of Ontario by appointing Emily Cheung as the Registrar to
provide guidance and support to the Transitional Council of the College,
Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.
    "I would like to congratulate Emily Cheung as the new Registrar for the
college," said Smitherman. "This is a big step forward towards making Ontario
a leader in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and I am thrilled that Ms. Cheung
will guide the new college towards achieving that goal."
    "This is an important step for promoting the recognition of Traditional
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Ontario," said Michael Chan, Minister of
Revenue. "I have tremendous confidence that Ms Cheung's appointment will lead
to a new college that will enhance Ontario's international reputation as an
innovative leader in health care."
    The Registrar plays an important role in administering the affairs of the
college, including its financial operations and governance policies.
    "The Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario welcomes the
regulation of traditional Chinese medicine and the public protection that this
extends to people in Ontario. We offer our support to the College and its
first Registrar, Emily Cheung," said Mary Lou Gignac, President, Federation of
Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario.
    Ms. Cheung has been Registrar of the College of Dental Technologists of
Ontario for the past 14 years, since its inception in 1993. Ms. Cheung has a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Management from the
University of Hong Kong.
    "I want to thank the government for this wonderful opportunity to provide
guidance and support to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario," said Ms. Cheung. "The College
must regulate the practice of traditional Chinese medicine in the public
interest."
    "I support the government's vision to make Ontario a world class centre
for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Moving forward with the Transitional
Registrar who has the experience to make this College successful is a very
positive move. It shows the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and
Acupuncture will become a reality in Ontario," said Professor Cedric Cheung,
President of the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada.
    The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and
Acupuncturists of Ontario was established by the Traditional Chinese Medicine
Act, 2006. This college sets and enforces the standards that regulate the
practice of traditional Chinese medicine in Ontario. The Act requires
individuals who wish to practice TCM, practice a specialty of TCM, or call
themselves TCM practitioners or acupuncturists to register and be accountable
with the new regulatory college.

    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.
    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section.
    For more information on achievements in health care, visit:
www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca.

    Disponible en français.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jeff Rohrer, Minister's Office,
(416) 326-8016; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416)
314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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