Massage Therapy Referrals

January 14, 2021

Recently, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta (CMOH) granted an exemption to Order 42-2020. The exemption allows massage services to be “provided to a patient or client upon the issuance of prescription by a physician or referral by a member of another health regulatory body for the patient or client to receive massage therapy services”.

While dental assistants are members of a health regulatory body (our College), they aren’t authorized to make massage therapy service referrals. This activity isn’t part of a dental assistant’s role. The CMOH’s exemption doesn’t authorize dental assistants for this activity.

Dental assistants must:

  • confine their practice to activities they are authorized for1
  • decline to perform any services they are not authorized for2

1. Standards of Practice 7.2(a)
2. Standards of Practice 7.2(d)

Current date: April 20, 2021

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