June Board Meeting Highlights

We had a busy Board meeting this month! Elections were held, we welcomed a new Board member, approved the 2019/2020 budget, discussed our response to the Cayton report, continued our work on our strategic plan and confirmed that a policy review regarding dry needling is needed.

Board Elections

  • Maureen Duggan was elected Board Chair for a one-year term
  • Jennifer Agnew was elected Vice Chair for a one-year term

New Board Member

Melina Kurtakis was welcomed as a new Board member.


The 2019/2020 budget was approved. The Board approved an application fee increase of $50 to cover the cost of the pre-registration jurisprudence examination and initial criminal record checks.

Regulatory Reform

In light of the report commissioned by the Minister of Health titled An inquiry into the performance of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and the Health Professions Act (the “Report”), the Board reviewed the Strategic Plan and agreed the College will continue to follow it as it aligns with many of the ministry’s recommendations.

The Minister of Health appointed a Steering Committee to consider the recommendations within the Report and CPTBC has submitted a response (PDF) as part of the public consultation.

Strategic Plan

The Board continued its work of defining key performance measures related to the strategic plan. The measures will be used to create a dashboard indicating performance against benchmarks and that will be available for registrant review on the website.

Dry Needling

The Board has directed that staff undertake a policy review on using dry needles in practice. This is in response to the growing number of needling courses that are available to physical therapists often without quality control, feedback from registrants about concerns related to needling, adverse event information that comes to the attention of the College and a request to re-consider policy related to prohibiting interims from using dry needles while on an interim permit.