A code of ethics for the optometrical profession in Australasia

Catalogue Number: 974
A code of ethics for the optometrical profession in Australasia
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Professional rules, code of ethics
Institution: Australasian Optometrical Association
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1921
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Sydney
Publisher/Manufacturer: WHB Printing Company
Description Of Item: Light brown printed paper wrappers, 88 mm W x 116 mm H, 12 pages, cover title reads 'Ethics ... of Optometry'. Red ink signature of Cyril Kett.
Historical Significance: This code of ethics for the optometrical profession in Australasia was drawn up by the ethics committee of the Australian Optometrical Association and approved by the Association at the Annual Congress assembled in Brisbane 1921. See also Cat No 928 which is the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Victorian Optical Association (incorporated) of 1924 and includes this code. The code of ethics deals with duty to the profession and the public, duties to patients, duty to fellow optometrists and kindred professions, dispensing prescriptions and four clauses in Article V dealing with not canvassing, dignified advertising, no advertising of fees and prices, and prohibition on advertising 'free examination'. The archive holds five booklets giving the Rules of the Victorian Optical Association for 1911, 1924, 1930, 1934 and 1947 Cat Nos 925, 926. 928 and 929 some of which contain a code of ethics and one the details of the FVOA course.
How Acquired: Donated by Cyril Kett, honorary life member of the College
Condition: Good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 2

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