In-line with online: professionalism, privacy, and practice in the age of social media

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Dietitians are in a position of public trust to practice in an evidence-informed and ethical manner. In practice, safeguards must be in place to manage risks and ensure clients’ interests are and perceived to be paramount. The principles of conflict of interest, confidentiality and privacy, and maintaining public trust in the profession will be addressed. The presentation provides a description of regulatory requirements and tools related to use of social media in dietetic practice and in private life; the marketing, sale, recommendation and endorsement of nutrition products online; and virtual practice.

Following this session, listeners will be able to:

  1. Use social media in practice and for personal use mindful of the risks to public perceptions, reputation and with safeguards in place to ensure professionalism and protect client privacy.
  2. Recommend, sell or endorse nutrition products in a manner that is evidence-informed and manages any real, potential or perceived conflict of interest.
  3. Engage in virtual practice in accordance with provincial requirements.

Date of presentation: June 2019, DC National Conference


  • Jennifer Garus MScAHN RD has practiced in the area of professional regulation as executive manager of the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association since 2007. Jennifer is NSDA’s representative on the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies, is chair of the working group to develop the national dysphagia competencies and the Alliance’s lead for the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination. 
  • Melisse Willems MA LLB is the Registrar and Executive Director of the College of Dietitians of Ontario. She has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2003 and practiced law in a large Canadian-based international law firm, working with clients in the health regulatory sector before going in-house.


  • Video presentation (1 hour 15 min) including CFDR Lightning Round Research Presentation with the presentation slides (pdf)
  • Audio file (mp3 file)


BONUS! This presentation comes with a CFDR Lightning Round Research Presentation: Understanding the need and interest to develop clinical dietitian business competencies with Bethany Hopkins

Cost: $19.95 for members; $39.95 for non-members; $9.95 for students

Last Updated: April 20, 2022

Type: Learning on Demand

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