Massage therapists in the United States and Canada are returning to practice, or considering a return to practice. Many MTs are feeling pressured by their employers, or unsure about safety and what kinds of risks are acceptable. (Because risk is inevitable.)
This week, Cathy and Cal talk with Gordon MacDonald, Executive Director of the RMTBC, about the return to practice: how to manage it, how to decide when the time is right, and how to be the healthcare professional the world needs right now.
About the guest:
Gordon has a long history of working at a senior level within British Columbia’s health care, education and regulatory sectors. Most recently he was Senior Consultant at Health Match BC where he was responsible for collaborating with each of the province’s seven health authorities in the recruitment of registered nurses, physicians and allied health professionals. He is the former Executive Director/Registrar of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC and formerly the Program Director, Healthcare Labour Adjustment Agency of BC where he was responsible for overseeing and developing training and transition programs for the health care professionals affected by the restructuring of the BC health care system.
Gordon has been the lead on a number of key projects in the health sector including the development of Prior Learning Assessment tools for internationally educated health care professions seeking practice registration as well as managing the development of courses in nursing, medical imaging and laboratory technology. He has provided strategic leadership in working with several health regulatory bodies, both provincially and nationally.
Additionally, he has served on several boards and committees. He has been a member of the Health Human Resources Advisory Committee for the BC Ministry of Health, the BC Labour Force Development Board for the Ministry of Labour and the BC SARS Strategy Committee. He is currently the Executive Director of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia and Secretary of the Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance.
RMTBC Website: https://www.rmtbc.ca/