CHARACTER    COMPETENCE    CONDUCT

The Three "Cs" of Professionalism

What is a professional? What is a health care professional? What distinguishes a practitioner from a professional? Regulated health professionals in Ontario have clear definitions with defined rules of what constitutes professional misconduct. A test for regulation readiness and worthiness by a health regulatory college includes now a "character" review and may involve a scan (of up to five past years) of an applicant's social media engagement.

The National AT body has asked partner regional AT associations to develop their own ethics and code of conduct to handle the majority of any complaints locally, turning to national for the most severe conduct breaches.  The OATA has embarked on this referencing the ethical and professional conduct requirements of peer rehabilitation professionals.  The review of peer conduct rules makes it very clear what the expectations are for health care professionals.  The rules and expectations revolve around three "Cs": Character, Competence and Conduct.

While establishing an Ontario ethics and conduct infrastructure and recruiting committee members, the OATA has legal counsel reviewing a draft code of conduct.  A well-respected RHPA lawyer with expertise in ethics and conduct has agreed to provide information sessions for OATA member engagement and member education on four key topic areas: OATA Code; Sexual Misconduct; Cyber Bullying & Cyber Defamation; and, Delegation & Assignment.  Members will be able to ask questions and have them addressed by an impartial expert.

If you have any interest in volunteering to serve on the OATA Ethics & Conduct Committee please provide your resume, a 250-word expression of interest statement and experience in ethical and professional conduct assessment and adjudication to

professionalconduct@ontarioathletictherapists.com.

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