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Mailing Address
Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council
56 Wellesley St W.,
12th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 2S3

Telephone and Facsimile
Toll-Free: 1-888-377-7746
Telephone: 416-326-1550.
Fax: 416-327-8897


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Chiropody/Podiatry

The Minister's Question

On June 28, 2007, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care directed the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) to "review issues relating to the regulation of chiropody and podiatry and provide advice as to whether and how there should be changes to existing legislation regarding these related professions". The Minister asked that the Council include "an analysis of the current model of foot care in Ontario, issues regarding restricted titles, and whether the existing limitations on the podiatrist class of members should continue." 

Update

The Minister asked that HPRAC's work on this project commence no later than January 1, 2014.

HPRAC's Approach

When a referral is received from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, HPRAC determines relevant public interest concerns and questions. HPRAC attempts to understand all perspectives on an issue including those of key health care practitioners, other affected health care professionals, clients and patients, advocates and regulators.  Each issue proceeds through a multi-stage process where information and responses are requested from and shared with stakeholders. HPRAC will conduct literature, jurisdictional and jurisprudence reviews, and engage in key informant interviews.  Its analysis of the issues will lead to a determination of additional information required, and the appropriate process to be used. 

An initial consultation session will be held on the current model of foot care in Ontario.

A second consultation session will be held to address the other aspects of the Minister’s referral.  

Timelines

The following table includes the anticipated timeline for this referral:

Activity

Timeline

Status

Preliminary Research and Analysis by HPRAC

January 2014 – June 2014

In progress

Initial Consultation – Model of Foot Care in Ontario

April 2014 – July 2014

In progress

Completion of Proposal by Applicant

June 2014 – July 2014

Pending

Second Consultation – Other Aspects of the Minister’s Referral

August 2014 – October 2014

Pending

Data Analysis/Validation, Recommendation Development & Submission of Report to the Minister

July 2014 – March 2015

Pending

 Please note that these are tentative timelines. The timelines may be changed without prior notice.

Invitation to Comment on the Model of Foot Care in Ontario 

The Minister’s referral question is multi-pronged and will be addressed in stages.

At this time, and to provide context for an upcoming analysis of the chiropody and podiatry professions, HPRAC is seeking input on the current model of foot care in Ontario.

Many organizations and individuals have extensive experience and interest in health care, health professions regulation, and the public interest. HPRAC wants to ensure that this experience and interest are fully reflected in its recommendation-making process.

The consultation period is from April 4, 2014 to July 4, 2014.

How to Submit Your Feedback

There are two (2) ways to provide your feedback to HPRAC:

Option 1: Online  

You can provide your feedback online by completing an online questionnaire. It includes one open-ended question. We encourage you to respond online. If you have additional comments, you can submit them directly to the HPRAC office at one of the addresses noted below.

To submit your feedback online, please click on the link below:
 
https://chiropody2014.questionpro.com 

**If you experience difficulty submitting your survey online, please contact HPRAC at 1-888-377-7746**

Option 2: Email, Mail or Fax

You can provide your feedback by emailing, mailing, or faxing a Feedback Form to the HPRAC office. The Feedback Form asks the same question as the online survey. You can obtain a Feedback Form here

(The Feedback Form is in fillable Portable Document Format (PDF); you can type your answers directly into the form. Your computer requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to use the Feedback Form. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download the Adobe Acrobat software by visiting http://get.adobe.com/reader/.)

Once the form is completed, save your input by clicking on File and then selecting Save As. Alternately you may wish to print out the form and complete it manually.

Send completed Feedback Forms by one of the following routes:

Email: HPRACSubmissions@ontario.ca

Subject: Initial Consultation – Chiropody and Podiatry Review

OR

Mail:

Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council

56 Wellsley St. W, 12th Floor

Toronto, ON. M5S 2S3

Attention: Initial Consultation – Chiropody and Podiatry Review

OR

Fax: 416-326-1549

Subject: Initial Consultation – Chiropody and Podiatry Review

Stakeholder Feedback

To ensure transparency, the stakeholder comments HPRAC receives are posted according to access to information guidelines (for guidelines, visit http://www.hprac.org/en/privacy.asp). Consultation submissions will be posted soon after the consultation period closes on July 4, 2014.

If you wish to comment on any of the stakeholder comments, you will have two weeks to do so. August 8, 2014 is the tentative deadline for submission. Please send any comments toHPRACSubmissions@ontario.ca

Next Steps

Upon conclusion of the initial stakeholder consultation, HPRAC will carefully consider all submissions.

A second consultation session will be held to address other aspects of the Minister’s referral. At that time, HPRAC will publicly post a literature review, jurisdictional review and a jurisprudence review related to the chiropody and podiatry professions. These documents will serve as information sources to understand current issues related to the regulation of chiropody and podiatry under the RHPA. A second consultation session will also provide an opportunity for the public to comment on an application, if any, made in relation to the referral.

Your feedback helps HPRAC assess the proposal and determine the issues the Advisory Council should consider throughout the review process, and informs recommendation development.

Following the conclusion of the second consultation session, HPRAC will submit its recommendations on the chiropody and podiatry professions in a confidential report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Please note that, as per the RHPA, HPRAC recommendations are advisory only. The minister is not bound to accept HPRAC’s advice. The release of an HPRAC report and any follow-up action are at the discretion of the Minister. Should the Minister choose to accept HPRAC’s advice, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is responsible for implementation of HPRAC recommendations.

 

Watch this site for updates and announcements. You may also get latest updates and consultation announcements by following HPRAC on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/HPRACOntario.