Regulated Health Professionals and the Patient’s Pathway

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Ontarians have the benefit of many regulated health professions providing quality health services. Many of these professions offer overlapping services, allowing Ontarians the ability to choose which providers to include in their circle of care. However, with more choices comes added risks.

To protect Ontario’s health care consumers, the government regulates these professions in the public interest, through independent health regulatory authorities and mandates each one to consider shared standards and a regime of delegations, health orders and referrals to ensure that the patient is provided with safe, ethical and competent care.

In this session, we will explore with the Ministry of Health, the approach to a patient’s pathway among regulated health professions. We will discuss important topics such as how patients are protected when their chosen practitioner meets the limits of their professional authority.  As well as what the government’s expectations are on ensuring collaboration and cooperation to best serve the needs of patients, as set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.

Session Details

Date: Monday June 10, 2024
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
CEs: 1 Category A (Jurisprudence)
Format: Live Webinar
Cost:  Free
Advance Registration: Closed


Allison Henry

Allison Henry is the Director of the Health Workforce Regulatory Oversight Branch for the Ontario Ministry of Health and has worked in the Ontario Public Service for over twenty years.

Allison’s Branch in the ministry is responsible for overseeing the development of policies and regulations related to the regulated health professions governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and has worked extensively on federal/provincial/ territorial issues such as labour mobility, entry to practice credentials and the oversight of personal support workers.   Her team was also responsible for the development of the College Performance Measurement Framework the first of its kind in Canada.

Prior to her role as Director of her current Branch, Allison spent some time as the Director in the Ministry’s Nursing Policy and Innovation Branch.  In that role, her team developed and implemented policies, strategies, initiatives and programs that support nursing education, recruitment and retention for Ontario’s nursing workforce.

Allison holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree and Masters of Arts degree in Sociology from Western University and has completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Business. 

When not at work, Allison can often be found riding her Peleton and walking her Labrador Retriever.  She resides in Ajax Ontario with her husband and two children.

Andrew Parr, CEO

Andrew Parr is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, the regulatory authority governing naturopathic doctors in Ontario. He was first appointed to the College during its formative stages in August 2010 and, upon proclamation of the Naturopathy Act, 2007 in July 2015 was formally re-appointed by the new Council.

Prior to joining the College, Andrew had been working in the not-for-profit sector for 20 years including eight of which he served as the Executive Director and CEO of the association for registered massage therapists in Ontario.  Andrew has also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Association Executives-Trillium Chapter for ten years through a successful association management firm he had established.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in politics from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and has attained his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time at the lake with his husband of 30 years and his delightful pups, Chandler and Gunther.

About the Regulatory Education Program

The Regulatory Education Program provides Registrants as well as members of the public access to free virtual educational programming that is focused directly on key regulatory concepts and rules. It is intended to allow Registrants and the public to learn more about the regulatory framework which governs NDs in Ontario and to help NDs not only comply, but to avoid potential issues that present a risk of harm to the public.

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