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Chief Investigator:                  Supervisor:
Ms Melinda Lee                        Dr Karl Wiener
BSocSci Hons Candidate         School of Psychology
School of Psychology               Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University           Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia
Bathurst, NSW Australia.         P: 02 69334914
E: melinda.lee@hotmail.com   E: kwiener@csu.edu.au

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the ethical ideology and behavioural judgements within the context of Australian psychology. Participation is open to anybody who meets the following criteria:
· Aged 18 and over, and:
· Have studied or are studying psychology at 4th year level or higher at an Australian tertiary institution, or
· Have trained or are training as a provisional psychologist within Australia, or
· Have trained or are training as a psychologist registrar within Australia, or
· Are registered as a psychologist with AHPRA.
Participation should take no longer than 20 minutes and involves completing an online survey in which you will answer questions about your personal and professional viewpoints on various ethical and behavioural issues that align with psychology’s code of ethics. You will also be asked some brief demographic questions, about your age, gender, state (location), tertiary qualification, and current study/registration status within the field of psychology.

There is no payment or reward for participating in this study. The data collected will be presented in Ms Melinda Lee’s Honours Dissertation, and may also be presented at academic conferences, and/or published in summary within peer-reviewed journals. Your confidentiality is assured, as your data will be stored without reference to your name or other identifying information on password protected drives for a minimum of ten years. Only the investigators named in this statement will have access to the aggregated data, and no individual participant will be identified in, or could be identified from any published report.

Participation is anonymous and entirely voluntary. Whether or not you decide to participate is your decision and will not disadvantage you. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw yourself and your data from the project at any time (prior to submitting your data at the end of your participation), without reason or consequence.
By progressing beyond this information statement you are indicating your informed consent to participate in this study. You may withdraw from the study at any time whilst answering the questions by closing your browser window. Since participation is anonymous, there is no way of identifying your data once it has been submitted. It is therefore not possible to withdraw from the study after you have submitted your data at the completion of the survey.

Due to the nature of the questions, this study could cause distress. Should you in any way become distressed, you are encouraged to discontinue participating in this study, and may want to contact your GP or mentor.

The Charles Sturt University Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project until April 21, 2018 (approval no. 200/2017/17). If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project you may contact the Committee through the Executive Officer where any issues will be treated in confidence, investigated fully, and you will be informed of the outcome:

The Executive Officer
Charles Sturt University
Orange Campus
346 Leeds Parade
Orange, NSW 2800
Tel: (02) 63657977
Email: FOBJBS-FHEC@csu.edu.au

By clicking ‘next’ you consent to participate.

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