MCCSA’s work is underpinned by these principles, some of which are South Australian, National or International.
Dignity in Care Principles
1. Zero tolerance to all forms of abuse
2. Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
3. Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
4. Enable people to maintain the maximum possible levels of independence, choice and control
5. Listen to and support people to express their needs and wants
6. Respect people’s privacy
7. Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
8. Engage with family members and carers as care partners
9. Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem
10. Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation
SA Carers Charter Principles
1. Carers have choices within their Caring role
2. Carers’ health and well-being are critical to the community
3. Carers play a critical role in maintaining the fabric of society
4. Service providers work in partnership with Carers
5. Carers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities need specific consideration
6. All children and young people have the right to enjoy life and reach their potential
7. Resources are available to provide timely, appropriate and adequate assistance to Carers
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
The key elements relevant to child safe organisations are;
1. Child safety is embedded in institutional leadership, governance and culture
2. Children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
3. Families and communities are informed and involved
4. Equity is promoted and diversity respected
5. People working with children are suitable and supporte
6. Processes to respond to complaints of child sexual abuse are child focused
7. Staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training
8. Physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur. Implementation of child safe standards is continuously reviewed and improved
9. Policies and procedures document how the institution is child safe
The Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles in all. Link to a simplified version of articles 1 – 42
MCCSA subscribes to Article 22 Children who come into a country as refugees should have the same rights as children who are born in that country.
Australian Privacy Principles
MCCSA applies the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which are contained in schedule 1 of the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act), to how we handle, use and manage personal information.
These principles cover:
2. an individual having the option of transacting anonymously or using a pseudonym where practicable
3. the collection of solicited personal information and receipt of unsolicited personal information including giving notice about collection
4. how personal information can be used and disclosed (including overseas)
5. maintaining the quality of personal information
6. keeping personal information secure
7. right for individuals to access and correct their personal information.
MCCSA supports the work of the World Health Organisation on Age Friendly Cities and the work by the South Australia Office for the Ageing on an Age Friendly SA
MCCSA supports the refined definition of WHO on active ageing which was developed in 2016 by the International Longevity Centre in Brazil which states that
“Active Ageing is the process of optimizing opportunities for health, lifelong learning, participation, and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age.”
MCCSA also supports the 8 Active Ageing principles underlying this revised definition
1) Being “active” is not restricted to physical activity or to labour force participation. It also covers meaningful engagement in social, cultural, spiritual and family life, as well as in volunteering and civic pursuits.
2) Active Ageing applies to persons of all ages, including older adults who are frail, disabled and in need of care, as well as older persons who are healthy and high functioning.
3) The goals of Active Ageing are preventive, restorative and palliative, and address needs across the range of individual capacity and resources.
4) Active Ageing promotes personal autonomy and independence as well as interdependence – mutual giving and receiving between individuals.
5) Active Ageing promotes intergenerational solidarity – fairness in the distribution of resources across age groups, concern for the long-term well-being of each generation, and opportunities for contact and support between generations.
6) Active Ageing combines top-down policy action with the promotion of opportunities for bottom-up participation.
7) Active Ageing is a rights-based approach that recognizes the rights of people to equality of opportunity and treatment in all aspects of life as they develop, mature and grow older. It respects diversity and fulfils all United Nations (UN) human rights conventions, principles and agreements, including the UN Principles for Older Persons of independence, participation, dignity, care and selffulfilment. It emphasizes the rights of persons who experience inequality and exclusion throughout life.
8) Active Ageing promotes individual responsibility while not assigning blame to individuals who have been excluded from society. It is designed to present opportunities for full citizenship and healthy choices throughout the life course.
MCCSA’s social programs (art and movement), capacity building, CALD Ageing Alliance , information sessions, consultancy work and systemic advocacy sit within the framework of these principles and making SA age friendly for older CALD people.
Family friendly workplaces
MCCSA is a family friendly workplace which promotes work life balance.