Ontario Association of Osteopathic Practitioners (OAOP) is a voluntary, not for profit, professional association in Ontario. It is committed to establishing and maintaining standards for safe and effective osteopathic treatment, mandating accountability, ethical practice and continuing education among its members,promoting osteopathic health care to the public, and providing a list of practitioners to the public whose training and qualifications are of the highest standard.
The Association agrees with and meets the World Osteopathic Health Organization in the definitions of a non-physician Osteopath and the minimum education required for such a designation.
Osteopathy applies the knowledge of the structure and function of the body, to all diseases, disorders and dysfunctions, taking “manual” approach and being consistent with the osteopathic philosophy.
In Canada, osteopaths refer to the trained osteopathic manual practitioners, while in the United States of America, the osteopath is recognized as a branch of the medical profession called osteopathic physicians.
- to represent and advance the recognition of the osteopathic manual therapy in Ontario.
- to promote the effective delivery of osteopaths health care in Ontario.
- to secure the stability and recognition of the osteopathic manual therapy in Ontario.
- to develop and maintain a standard of education and standard of practice in Ontario.
- to ensure safe, effective and ethical osteopathic manual practice and protect the interest and rights of public.
- to provide continuing education and professional development to its members.
- to facilitate original research and investigation into the healing arts, with a special interest in the study and application of the principles and practice of osteopathic medicine.