The Futility of Inactivity

 

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Brendan Corr, RTR

None of us has control over our entire lives or events that get thrust upon us – the Universe tends to unfold as it should with or without our input.

 

When it comes to our professional lives it is a different matter. If we, collectively, sit back and wait for standards or innovation to simply “happen” we have abrogated our rights – in many ways, it’s like those who choose NOT to vote in any election. They forfeit their right to object or complain! It won’t stop them from complaining but it does diminish the force of their arguments.

The Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act was one such event – the Association DID provide input and ensured that our rights as health care professionals and the concomitant responsibilities were recognised and valued and, in fact, enshrined in legislation at that time. The Regulated Health Professions Act also advanced our professional status as did the creation of the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario and I want to acknowledge the leadership forcefully demonstrated by those who were responsible for directing input from the MRT at those times.

And history repeats itself inevitably – the Ontario Government initiated a review of the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act through Health Quality Ontario. Almost simultaneously the OAMRS and the professional association representing sonographers in Ontario began the process of amalgamation of the two groups and the process to bring sonographers under the College of Medical Radiation Technologists as a regulated medical profession (to this time sonographers have NOT been regulated which has led to abuse of the benefits of the technology and, in some instances, reduced it to entertainment rather than a medical diagnostic tool.)

It is VITAL that members of this profession are familiar with the changes proposed – the information is available online and your OPINIONS are just as important as anyone else’s! I urge you to become familiar with the proposed changes to both the Act and the status of sonographers. They will affect all of us and will impact the most important part of this equation – the patients. As professionals, we must always act as advocates for both the profession and our patients.

The OAMRS has provided important links to these relevant documents and I urge all of us to participate in this process. It is our future.

The OAMRS has provided important links to these relevant documents and I urge all of us to participate in this process. It is our future.

Brendan Corr teaches at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  Brendan qualified as a radiographer in his native Ireland and has since held successive positions as Radiographer, Clinical Instructor and Department Head in various teaching and community hospitals.  He describes himself additionally as a musician (five-string banjo), folk singer, raconteur (which he identifies as a national pastime in Ireland), gourmet cook, father of three and omnivorous reader.

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