Human Research Ethics Committee

The Australian College of Optometry is committed to responsible research. Human ethics approval is required for all research conducted with or about people, or their data or tissue. The purpose of ethics review is to facilitate research that fulfils the principles of human research ethics: research merit and integrity, justice, beneficence and respect, following the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research guidelines.



Principal Investigator


HREC approval date

Approved end date

H19 001 Evaluation of refractive profile, eye health and eye care provision of the Victorian community examined through the ACO network of clinics and practitioners in Melbourne and rural Victoria Dr Marianne Coleman Prof Ibbotson & Prof McKendrick 14/5/19 31/12/23
H18 001 Investigating visual function through motion aftereffect Dr Molis Yunzab Prof Ibbotson, Prof McKendrick & Dr Bao Nguyen 19/12/18 31/12/21


The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research requires that research institutions provide contact details of a person nominated to receive complaints or concerns about human research conduct.   Researchers at the University of Melbourne are required to include the following details in the Plain Language Statement given to participants.

Research participants and others who have a concern or a complaint about a human research project, should contact:

ACO HREC Secretary

Tel: 03 9349 7442


All complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence please provide the name of researcher or research project number if known.