OCA Roundup: Update on Opioid and Pain Reduction Collaborative + Asian Heritage Month 2022 + Upcoming webinar + In the news + Other updates
In this issue
Update on Opioid and Pain Reduction Collaborative and CMCC’s 'The Role of Chiropractic in Opioid Use Reduction' course
In January 2022, we announced a new online CE course titled 'The Role of Chiropractic in Opioid Use Reduction' to safeguard patients’ health and collaborate with medical professionals in managing opioid use. Developed with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), it’s part of our ongoing Opioid and Pain Reduction Collaborative’s work to help chiropractors address the opioid crisis.
To date, 88 people have enrolled in the course, from various provinces in Canada, the U.S., and even as far as Barbados. Feedback has been positive, with an average satisfaction rating of 4.2/5.
“It’s common knowledge that chiropractors can improve their patient’s level of functioning. This program also underscores the important role they can play in preventing the addictive spiral that can occur with opioid use and helps them to appreciate their role in the multidisciplinary care of patients,” explains Dr. Tony Tibbles, dean, clinic management and clinical education, CMCC.
By taking this course, participants will:

  • Receive structured hours credits for a research-based approach to helping patients using opioids better manage their pain.
  • Learn how to use collaborative care to help solve the opioid crisis.
  • Learn a skill set to establish a relationship with the prescriber to help manage the risks associated with patient use of opioids to manage pain.

“This course is a key component of our comprehensive resources within the OCA Opioid and Pain Reduction Collaborative,” says Caroline Brereton, our CEO. “We’re proud to work with CMCC to have a significant impact on many lives.”

The OCA’s Collaborative is comprised of four main components, which include the CE course:

  1. Centre for Effective Practice (CEP)’s Manual Therapy as an Evidence-Based Referral for Musculoskeletal Pain Clinical tool (launched in June 2020): Designed to inform medical doctors and nurse practitioners of the best available evidence. To date, it’s been downloaded over 5,000 times.
  2. A chiropractor’s concise treatment plan toolkit (released July 2020).
  3. The Role of Chiropractic in Opioid Use Reduction course (premiered January 2022). (Please note that OCA members receive a 30 per cent discount by applying coupon code 63776-NEj6HJIyIHOT-kkBPZM at checkout).
  4. Patient Resources: Currently being developed through member feedback.

Most recently, the OCA and CMCC issued a joint news release announcing the course. In addition, CMCC published an advertisement to promote the course in its latest Primary Contact issue.
Click here for the OCA Chiropractor's Pain Reduction Toolkit
Continuing to celebrate Chiropractic Diversity for Asian Heritage
Month 2022
This month, we continue to celebrate chiropractic diversity for the 20th anniversary of Asian Heritage Month (AHM) in Canada. Celebrated annually, it provides an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent to the growth and prosperity of Canada. 

We continue to experience great interest in our members' 
including Drs. Moez Rajwani (Toronto), Aksa Ahmed (Mississauga), Hera Khayyam (Newmarket), Adrian Chow (Markham), Ayla Azad (Thornhill), and Ailin Oishi-Stamatiou (Toronto)  feedback on what their heritage means to them personally and professionally on our Celebrating Chiropractic Diversity During Asian Heritage Month webpage. 
"My personal best decision was to pursue a career in chiropractic, helping people optimize their health. In 2004, I started a private clinic in Leaside with a focus on treating chronic pain and arthritis in the senior population, with a special interest in Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders ... In my practice, when delivering primary care as a clinician, I can better connect with my patients in a welcoming and safe space. I have the unique perspective of being able to understand where they may be coming from. The key is making your patients comfortable enough to lower their barriers and trust you with themselves." Dr. Oishi-Stamatiou, recently featured in Nikkei Voice
We’re proud to celebrate all our members’ contributions to patient care, communities, and the profession during this month and throughout the year.

We’ll be profiling our members in celebration of Asian Heritage Month throughout May on our website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn). We invite you to share this content on your channels to help raise awareness of the rich contributions chiropractors with diverse backgrounds make to the community and the chiropractic profession.
Click here to go to our Celebrating Chiropractic Diversity page
When you register for an upcoming webinar, please ensure you’re meeting the minimum system requirements so that you can attend from anywhere and anytime. To find out if your system is compatible, visit System Check for Webinars and System Requirements for Attendees.
Coordinating Care with Primary Care Providers
to Manage MSK Pain

Wednesday, May 25, 2022   
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 
Presenters: Dr. Amy Brown (chiropractor, Coronation Chiropractic, Massage, & Physiotherapy), and Kristy Naulls (nurse practitioner)

This webinar outlines a proven approach to help you effectively collaborate with primary care providers, like nurse practitioners (NP)s on managing patients with MSK conditions. You’ll learn how to build rapport with an NP or other primary care provider, and co-ordinate a plan of care to help a patient effectively manage their pain and, in some cases, reduce their reliance on opioids and other medications.
News updates as of May 19, 2022
Celebrating Chiropractic Diversity in Asian Heritage Month
Nikkei Voice
May 16, 2022

Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) member Dr. Ailin Oishi of Toronto’s Japanese Canadian community is actively involved in making heritage part of her health care delivery for potential and established patients with spine, muscle, joint, and related nervous system issues. OCA asked Dr. Oishi to represent the Japanese Canadian community as part of its inaugural Asian Heritage Month initiative. Dr. Oishi represents the core elements of OCA members from a diverse heritage hold, and offers unique insights for raising awareness of chiropractic care in Ontario.
*Dr. Ailin Oishi-Stamatiou is an OCA member

Opinion: Taking the pain out of one of the biggest challenges for patients – getting a diagnosis
Robert Bell, Anne Golden, Paul Alofs, and Lionel Robins
The Globe and Mail (Opinion)
May 14, 2022

Systematic care is also useful when treating a few conditions that are less risky. Back and joint pain is not life threatening but is a very common cause for referral to a specialist, since family doctors often require help diagnosing and treating these conditions ... Ontario and Saskatchewan have resourced successful expert-designed systems of care wherein patients with back, hip or knee pain are seen within weeks of referral by experienced physiotherapists, nurses or chiropractors ... Ontario and Saskatchewan’s rapid-access clinics are designed by orthopedists, neurosurgeons, rheumatologists, physiotherapists, nurses and chiropractors who are experts in health system delivery as well as clinical care. Along with providing faster and better outcomes, this expert-designed system is less expensive than routine care in Ontario since it eliminates about 30 per cent of expensive, unnecessary MRI tests often ordered by primary-care providers while patients are waiting to see the surgeon.

*The Fixing Health Care series presents 10 common problems faced by patients in Canada, along with 10 solutions that the authors argue can be achieved within our existing publicly funded health system. While the ‘problem’ scenarios in the series are fictional, the authors offer these examples to echo the patient experiences they have encountered through their work in health care and social services.
Participate in new “A Practice Patterns Comparison” survey
As an OCA member, you’re invited to take part in a member’s research project titled “A Practice Patterns Comparison: General Chiropractors and Chiropractors with a Special Interest in Paediatric Care”, conducted as part of a master’s degree program. The intent of this project is to add to the body of knowledge driving educational standards.

The purpose of this survey is to help the researcher gain a better understanding of the differences in practice patterns between chiropractors in Ontario who have a special interest in pediatric care, and those who do not.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the AECC University College in the United Kingdom, and CMCC Research Ethics Boards (REB).

This voluntary survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. You’re not required to answer all survey questions if you do not wish to do so.

Please note, the questions in this survey are for research purposes and quality improvement in education. As per the OCA’s public statement: Pediatric care is within the regulated chiropractic scope of practice that is granted through legislation in Ontario. Children can experience low back and neck pain and dysfunction, as well as various conditions affecting their peripheral joints, which can be successfully treated by chiropractic care.

As a professional association, we support evidence-based practice and continuous improvement in education. This support includes promotion, as well as subscriptions, and collaborations.

For the OCA’s position and public statements on various topics, including pediatric care, please visit our Position & Public Statements webpage.

Click here to complete the survey
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