BECOME A MEMBER
Membership Approval Process for new Members: In the initial application process, there is a non-refundable $100.00 + HST Administration Fee, following which an application approval will be pending upon approval by the Board. The successful Applicant will receive notification of approval in addition to a link for the processing of payment for the Membership Dues.
At this time, the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners only considers applicants who have graduated from a list of osteopathic educational institutions. For more information about education in osteopathy please click here. Educational Institutes
It is important that you download the membership guide and have all documents and information before beginning the membership application process. The server connection will time out if not completed in a timely manner.
Click here to download the guide that lists of requirements to complete the Active (practicing in Ontario) Membership application.
Click here to download the guide that lists of requirements to complete the Affiliate (practicing in Canada but outside Ontario) Membership application.
Click here to download the guide that lists of requirements to complete the Student Membership application.
The OAO will not process your application if:
- Forms are incomplete
- Supporting documents are missing
- Supporting documents are illegible
- Fee is not provided
General Information on Membership Applications
Please ensure that you have all the documentation and information that is required prior to beginning the membership application process. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the Membership Committee.
In addition to a completed application form, membership dues, administration service and/or re-reinstatement fees, applicants for Active membership (practicing in Ontario) and Affiliate membership (practicing in another province or territory) are required to submit proof of provincial osteopathic professional liability insurance (a minimum of $5 million), a current Vulnerable Sector Check (must be dated within six months of application date), a current Standard First Aid Level C or higher with a CPR/AED and a copy of your diploma or certificate (as proof of successful completion of your educational program).
The OAO reserves the right to see the original diploma or certificate. We may ask also to see a detailed curriculum and course descriptions from the educational institution that you attended.
In addition, there may be specific requirements, depending on the educational institution that you graduated from, when you graduated, and if you are currently living or working in another province or country. If you graduated from an osteopathic program of study more than two years ago, we may ask for additional information, such as your work history and/or evidence of continuing professional development activities.
The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) is a voluntary not-for-profit organization promoting excellence in the practice of osteopathy.
The OAO membership approved a bylaw amendment at the May annual general meeting that will change how membership applications are reviewed and processed by the OAO.
Currently, membership applications are based on graduating from an institution listed on the board-approved list of schools on the OAO website. In keeping with OAO’s commitment to the professional development and advancement of osteopathy, we will be changing this system to reviewing membership applications from applicants who demonstrate meeting the required competencies by providing documentation, including transcripts and proof of the minimum required hours of supervised clinical practice, as outlined in the Board-approved guidelines for training in osteopathy. This will determine that the individual has demonstrated currency of knowledge, skill, judgement and ability sufficient for professional practice.
OAO’s Membership Application Task Force is currently developing the guidelines and the new membership application process. They will be shared with the OAO Membership for feedback. Once the new membership application process is approved, the system will change and move away from approving memberships based on the current system of the list of institutions.
The Membership Committee reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors as to whether an applicant should be approved for membership. Applicants are approved for membership at OAO Board Meetings, by the OAO Board of Directors. You will need to allow for up to 60 days for the OAO office to process your completed application form and documentation, and, for the Membership Committee to make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. All applications are reviewed for content, consistency and accuracy so please ensure all requirements are met and that your application is complete. Please remember to keep a copy of your completed application.
If you have questions about the application form or specific requirements, please contact the OAO Office.
Benefits of Active Membership
Be part of a growing association of like-minded colleagues that promote osteopathy and advocate on behalf of the profession! Support your profession and have a voice in the development of the profession. Be part of a thriving and innovative profession that is expanding across Canada and make a difference in improving patient care and access to quality care.
As an OAO Member you’ll be able to:
Receive current news on the profession
Receive information and invitations to events, courses, conferences and e-newsletters
Access the Members’ Only section of our website, containing OAO documents as well as documents and publications from other osteopathy organizations including international organizations
Utilize the OAO “link button” to create a direct link from their website to the OAO website
Stay up-to-date with what is happening in osteopathy and with your colleagues
Receive an invitation to, and have your voice heard at, the OAO Annual General Meeting
Vote in the elections
Join the Board of Directors (active or inactive members only) or Volunteer to be part of a committee and get to know other Osteopathic Manual Practitioners in Ontario (eligible) for Continuing Professional Development CEU’s
Receive a complimentary subscription (four issues per year) to the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, delivered to the address of your choice
Receive an official electronic OAO stamp (property of OAO) which contains the OAO trademarked logo, your name and OAO number to be used for your assessment and treatment receipts
Obtain a listing on OAO’s “Find a Practitioner” section of the website – your name, city/town, clinic(s) name(s), address(es) and phone number(s) are available to the public and to insurance companies representatives/third party administrators who can quickly and easily verify that you are a member and reimburse your client for their osteopathy claims
Be part of a postal code search capability helps people find your clinic, close to their home or business
Receive Member-only discounts on OAO-sponsored courses and events
Post an employment/office rental opportunity advertisements and course notices on the OAO website
Order member-only brochures, posters and stickers which you can use to promote your own practice
We represent you and communicate with external organizations, government, the media and other stakeholders so you don’t have to, advocating on your behalf and representing you to government, insurance companies, health regulatory colleges, associations, the Canada Revenue Agency and others.
We also help potential members understand the profession that they wish to join and ensure that they understand the importance of an osteopathic education. We provide information to members of the public who want to know more about what osteopathy is and what we do. We provide information to the media and assist our members to respond to media requests.