A higher standard of conduct is expected of regulated health professionals. It is important not only to practise safely and ethically, but also to ensure that you conduct yourself professionally in all settings- even those where you are not working. The College’s Professional Misconduct Regulation contains a clause which states that professional misconduct includes “engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession." This clause differs from most other clauses in the regulation because it specifically deals with conduct that can take place in or outside of practice.
Kinesiologists often undertake certain work, tasks or contracts where they may not be engaged in the provision of kinesiology services (either clinical or non-clinical). Some examples may be insurance claim administration (where knowledge, skills and judgement relevant to the practice of kinesiology are not required), owning a non-health related business, acting as a landlord, etc. Regardless of the nature of the business or the activities undertaken, you are always expected to follow relevant practice standards and the College’s Code of Ethics. You are always accountable for your conduct in practice and outside of practice.
As a kinesiologist, you are required to represent yourself as such. When you do so, you are indicating to the public, employers, other healthcare providers, business associates, etc. that you are a regulated professional. Even when you may not be providing kinesiology services, there is an expectation that your conduct and work are of a higher standard.
If the conduct of a kinesiologist falls below the College’s expectations, they may be investigated. If the information indicates a concern, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee can take certain action to help the kinesiologist better understand their obligations and improve their practice/conduct in the future.