Catalogue Number: 928
Memorandum and articles of association of the Victorian Optical Association (incorporated) Ethics in Optometry
Sub-Category: Constitution, legal document
Institution: Victorian Optical Association
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1924
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Victorian Optical Association printed by Publicity Press, Brunswick
Description Of Item: Original grey printed card wrappers, 21 pages plus 3 unnumbered. Red ink signature of Cyril Kett.
Historical Significance: Includes a code of ethics decribed as 'A code of ethics for the optometrical profession in Australasia' drawn up by the ethics committee of the Australian Optometrical Association and approved by the Association at the Annual Congress assembled in Brisbane 1921. 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 the code of ethics and one the details of the FVOA course.
How Acquired: Donated by Cyril Kett
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 2