Update for Our Members: March 24, 2020
In light of the recent Government of New Brunswick’s State of Emergency announcement on Thursday, March 19, and the resulting notice in response to this announcement by the CMTNB, please be advised of the following:
1. We do appreciate that your main source of financial means has come to a full stop. You not only have understandable worries and concerns as to how you will make ends meet, you also have worries about maintaining your clients, and sustaining your business long-term following this. While at the same time, you are concerned for your clients’ overall health. Please know that we are doing everything we can to help reduce the stress that RMTs are experiencing.
2. Ultimately, we know as healthcare professionals you want to help, you want to make a difference, and we stand firm in the fact that massage therapy professionals do play a critical role in healthcare and the well-being of New Brunswickers.
3. While massage therapy is currently deemed to be a non-essential healthcare service in relation to the pandemic–know that we continue to advocate on your behalf, and we are working with the Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA). The ANBMT is a member of this nationwide alliance composed of provincial professional associations from across Canada (with the exception of Quebec). They are developing advocacy strategies and messaging for the Federal Government and the Department of Health, Hon. Patty Hajdu.
4. We are maintaining open lines of communication and keeping close links with stakeholders in the massage therapy profession. And, staying informed with what is happening with other healthcare professions that have also been negatively impacted by the coronavirus.
5. We are staying up-to-date with the economic measures recently announced by the Federal Government; attempting to gauge to what degree these measures will help RMTs make ends meet and alleviate some of the financial burden.
6. Based upon what is announced today by the Federal Government (Tuesday, March 24), the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance will develop their messaging and advocacy in response to these measures. It is our hope that the Emergency Support Benefit will benefit ALL and WILL help to get everyone through these uncertain, economically challenging times.
7. The 2020 Course Calendar: the board of directors have decided to assess and cancel courses on a case-by-case basis, beginning with the most imminent course–cupping. There are many unknowns currently, making it nearly impossible to reschedule. Thus, we feel it is best to evaluate as we get closer to each individual course date and reschedule those cancelled courses when life gets back to normal.
8. Having said this, the Evidence-Informed Clinical Cupping course, scheduled for April 25-26, 2020, has been cancelled effective today. All registrants will receive a full refund within the next few days.
10. Finally, we are investigating various web platforms that can be used to develop online courses to be made available to our membership in cooperation with course instructors. This will not only benefit our members during the COVID-19 pandemic, but will be of benefit long-term. It is our hope to reach as many RMTs as possible, especially those who are located in rural areas in NB, those limited in resources, and unable to attend courses in-person. Also, this will aid in our reaching membership through a web option, and with any potential future conferencing.
11. The ANBMT have requested that the College extend their CEU reporting period effective March 20th through to the end of the State of Emergency being lifted; with the possibility of a further extension beyond that time, allowing people time to get back on their feet.
Stay well & healthy,
Executive Director, ANBMT