Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors

July 07, 2008 15:12 ET

First Atlantic Province to Recognize Naturopathic Doctors

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - A new bill passed unanimously by all three political parties makes Nova Scotia the first Atlantic province and the sixth province overall to legislate the practice of naturopathic medicine. Bill 177 will protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians from harm and will provide legal recognition to naturopathic doctors as a health profession, valuing naturopathic medicine and the professional skills required to deliver naturopathic treatment. The unopposed support in the legislature and the speed with which the bill passed, speaks to the strong desire for naturopathic doctors to be recognized in Nova Scotia.

The act also carries financial benefit for Nova Scotians. Federal law has long permitted Canadians to claim services of naturopathic doctors on their income tax in provinces where naturopathic medicine is regulated. Nova Scotians can now enjoy this benefit shared by fellow Canadians in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. With 63% of Atlantic Canadians expressing that they were likely to seek alternative medical care in the future (Fraser Institute - May 2007), this is good news.

Acclamation of the Bill is welcomed by the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND), the professional association of naturopathic doctors. "Prior to the government's support and the introduction of the Bill, naturopathic medicine was a 'Buyer Beware' market in Nova Scotia," said NSAND co-president Jyl Bishop Veale ND. "Nova Scotians had no way of knowing who was or was not a properly trained and educated ND. The new law will now protect against unqualified individuals practicing in the area of naturopathic medicine."

The new law requires naturopathic doctors practicing in Nova Scotia to:

- hold a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Degree/Diploma conferred upon him/her by an accredited or candidate school of naturopathic medicine legally chartered to grant a four year degree or diploma;

- have written and passed Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), the recognized, standardized North American board examination;

- maintain membership in NSAND and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND);

- and carry malpractice insurance.



An invitation:

What: A celebration of Bill 177 proclamation into law: an act respecting
naturopathic doctors

Where: The Halifax Club, 1682 Hollis Street

When: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 6-8 pm

The Hon. Michael Baker, Minister of Finance, who introduced Bill 177,
will be in attendance.


Story:

NSAND can provide patients interested in telling their experiences with naturopathic medicine.

Link to legislation: http://www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/HOUSE_BUSINESS/status.html#177

NSAND (Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors)

NSAND, first established in 1995, is the professional association representing licensed naturopathic doctors in Nova Scotia.

For an NSAND-registered ND in your area please contact NSAND at www.nsand.ca or 902.542.5560.

Contact Information

  • Wolfville Naturopathic Clinic, Wolfville
    Dr. Jyl Bishop Veale ND
    Co-President of NSAND
    (902) 542-5560
    or
    Balance Naturopathic Health Centre, Halifax
    Dr. Glenna Morris ND
    (902) 425-4848
    or
    Therapeutic Approach Health Centre, Halifax
    Dr. Sandra Murphy ND
    (902) 429-3303
    or
    East Hants Naturopathic Medical Clinic, Elmsdale
    Dr. Carolyn Sterchi ND
    (902) 883-3838
    Website: www.nsand.ca