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Legistlation to be introduced this fall according to Smitherman
Dr. Mary Xiumei, Wu. Bio
Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine Profile
Key Informants on Legislating Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture


For Immediate Release Legislation to be introduced this fall according to Smitherman

July 14, 2005

Legislation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is expected to be introduced this fall, Minister Smitherman indicated.

Toronto, Ontario. The Province of Ontario is close to introducing legislation that would see Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (TCMA) regulated under new Ministry of Health and Long Term Care legislation. A commitment made by the Ontario Liberals during the 2003 election campaign, the announcement is expected during the fall session of provincial parliament.

Health Minister George Smitherman's letter to Councilor Olivia Chow dated June 27, 2005 has indicated that: “The regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is an important priority for our government…… we have appointed Mr. Tony Wong and 3 other MPP's to hold consultations with the public to determine the best and safest way to regulate this important practice. Their report is expected to be presented to me in the next few weeks. This report will help inform legislation that is expected to be introduces this fall on the regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Passage of this legislation will fulfill an important commitment of this government made during the previous election.

Ontario will be following in the footsteps of some of its provincial counterparts. Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec took steps to regulate TCMA in the 1990's. These provinces require Chinese Medicine and/or Acupuncture practitioners meet specified licensing requirements in order to practice in their respective provinces. While some practitioners take it upon themselves to license outside the province, there is no such requirement for TCMA practitioners in Ontario thereby placing the public at potential risk.

This legislation is predicted to spark growth in the field of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture resulting in a higher demand for qualified TCMA practitioners. Some academic institutions which train doctors of TCM and acupuncture are preparing for an increased enrolment. "We are extremely pleased about the impending legislation." comments Dr. Mary X Wu of The Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM). "It will provide more career opportunities in TCM. But first and foremost it will address our ongoing concerns for the health and safety of the public".

Some schools across Ontario are already training practitioners in preparation of this legislation, with many graduates licensed through colleges in the United States. Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine has always been actively involved in promoting TCMA as an emerging profession for Canadians and providing leading educational programs in Canada.

To learn more about careers in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, visit www.tstcm.com. For general information on TCMA, visit www.naturalhealers.com

Contact:
Mary X Wu, President
The Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
2010 Eglinton Avenue. W., Suite 302,
Toronto, ON, M6E 2K3
Email: maryxwu@tstcm.com
tel:416-782-9682
fax:416-782-9681

Dr. Mary Xiumei Wu Bio

Dr. Mary Xiumei Wu is the Founder and President of the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She began her medical career as a barefoot doctor serving local villagers in China in 1975. She had always dreamed of becoming a professional medical doctor and, after five years of study at the Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she graduated in 1982 with top honours and fulfilled that dream. Subsequently, Mary worked at the University and its teaching hospital as a physician and instructor.

Mary came to Canada in 1986, studied English and received her Master of Science degree from the University of Waterloo. She continued to work in medical research in the fields of reproductive physiology, endocrinology and gene therapy, and published many research papers in high profile medical journals.

Mary established the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine offering in 1995 in her pursuit of a lifelong vision: to promote and develop access to high quality Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The school is a reflection of her dedication to the development of TCM through education and professional service. She is a caring and passionate TCM doctor, an enthusiastic and experienced mentor, and a highly regarded advocate and outstanding leader in the field of TCM in Canada.

Mary was appointed by the Minister of Health to three major Health Canada Advisory bodies: the Advisory Panel for Herbal Products, the Expert Advisory Committee of Complementary Medicine and the Expert Advisory Committee for the Natural Health Product Directorate. She is actively involved in the promotion, recognition and regulation of TCM/acupuncture as a medical science and primary health care profession in Canada.

In May 2002, Mary appeared before the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. In her presentation, she recommended the integration of TCM and acupuncture into the mainstream health care system, proclaiming that it would benefit all Canadians and reduce the cost of health care in Canada.

Mary has been actively involved in the regulation and recognition of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Ontario for over 10 years. She was appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care in 2003. She has made multi request and recommendations to the governments including the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council in 2001 and to the MPP Consultation Group on Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2005.

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Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine Profile

Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Education rooted in thousands of years of tradition

Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM) is an exceptional school with exceptional standards. Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, TSTCM offers a comprehensive and exciting selection of courses ranging from general interest to professional diploma programs and continuing education courses.

TSTCM is at the forefront of a powerful tradition. Founded in 1995 by Mary Xiumei Wu, one of Canada's foremost experts on Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, the school has garnered a solid reputation as a leader in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture education and service.

TSTCM offers classes with flexible schedules and modularized programs, catering to the individual needs of today's students. The TSTCM approach to teaching, both classroom and clinical, is innovative and effective delivered within a supportive and inspiring environment. It encompasses traditional as well as modern approaches to TCM that are continually updated.

The campus also includes an on-site teaching clinic, serving the local community with a variety of effective treatments including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina massage. Through this diverse teaching clinic, TSTCM achieves the required balance of theory and practical learning necessary for successful professional practice of the students and the promotion of optimum health of the general public.

The TSTCM curriculum is continually being updated to fulfill the requirements of legislation in various jurisdictions and to ensure that graduates can be qualified and licensed regardless of where they will practice in North America.

TSTCM has assembled a knowledgeable team of instructors, enthusiastic and committed to sharing their skills and experience to its students on their path to success. TSTCM lives up to the honoured standards of the past, while meeting the responsibilities of today and tomorrow.

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Key Informants on Legislating Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

The Profession of TCMA

Dr. Mary Xiumei Wu MD.(China, TCM), M.Sc., R.Ac.(Canada, BC), Dipl. Ac., C.H., OM.(USA, NCCAOM)
President
Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Co-Founder and Co-Director of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture School Council of Canada
2010 Eglinton Avenue. W., Suite 302,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6E 2K3
Phone: 416-782-9682
Fax: 416-782-9681
Email: maryxwu@tstcm.com

Government of Ontario

Members of Parliament

George Smitherman
Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care
Phone: 416-327-4300
Minister Smitherman announced that he is going to regulate TCMA in the fall this year in one of the parliamentary meetings during the summer.

Mike Colle
Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Phone: 416-327-2422 (Queens Park)
416-781-2395 (Constituency office)
Minister Mike Colle has introduced his private member's bill to parliament on regulation of TCMA in 2003

Tony Wong
MPP, Markham
Phone: (416) 325-6910 (Queens Park)
Parliamentary Assistant, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
Chair: MPP Consultation Group on Traditional Chinese Medicine

Marilyn Wang, Director
Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care
PROGRAM POLICY BRANCH
Hepburn Block, 8th Floor, 80 Grosvenor St
Toronto, ON M7A 1R3
Phone: 416-327-8636
Fax: 416-327-8879
E-mail: Marilyn.Wang@moh.gov.on.ca

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