Ethics Statement

Portraits in Blue is a pro bono research project. This project is aimed at exploring the social construction of current perspectives and assumptions about depression. It aims to achieve this by collecting narratives from people suffering from depression, their family and friends and those who provide support services to them.

Through this research Portraits in Blue aims to change the conversations about depression, improve the provision of support services by understanding the consumer perspective and influence government policy direction. Our experience with the narrative research approach is that it provides insights and unexpected connections, as the basis for determining appropriate action.

Who are we? The Portraits in Blue project is managed by a Project Governance Group consisting of volunteer consumer participants, research professionals, mental health practitioners and support providers. Complexability Pty Ltd (ABN 13 143 164 078) is the legal entity responsible for the Portraits in Blue project.

Portraits in Blue will be employing primarily qualitative methods through the use of interviews, life story or oral history and on-line data collection methods.  The research will be compliant with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (Updated May 2013) and with provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (see Portraits in Blue Privacy Policy here).

  • All participants will be asked to provide (written and/or oral) informed consent to take part in the research.  An information sheet outlining the details of the research, its purpose and objectives, how information will be used and stored will be provided to each participant.
  • Participants will not be identified and care will be taken that participants are not identifiable by the information they provide, unless they have agreed to be identified. Special care will also be taken to protect the identity of participants when disseminating information and storing material.
  • Given that the research will collect information which may include personal information, sensitive information or health information relating to depression, where a participant experiences distress as a result of this, they will be provided with access to a trained professional who is not part of the research team to deal with this distress.
  • All participants will be free to withdraw from the research at any time without incurring any consequences in any shape or form.
  • Information which may include personal information, sensitive information and health information will only be used for the purposes for which it was given as set out in the Portraits in Blue Privacy Policy.
  • The Project Governance Group will be responsible for monitoring the quality of data collected through the research as set out in the Portraits in Blue Privacy Policy.