Macarthur Disability Services are committed to protecting and upholding the right to privacy and dignity of participants, staff, volunteers, Board members and representatives of agencies with which we deal. In particular MDS is committed to protecting and upholding the rights of our participants to privacy and dignity in the way we collect, store and use information about them, their needs and the services we provide to them.
MDS requires staff, volunteers and Board members to be consistent and careful in the way they handle and transfer all personal data. This policy will be implemented consistently and applied across all areas of the business and at all sites where business activity occurs.
This policy will apply to all records, whether hard copy or electronic, containing personal information about individuals, and to interviews or discussions of a sensitive personal nature.
MDS will follow the guidelines of the Privacy Act 1988, The Health records and Information privacy Act 2002 and the National Privacy Principles in its information management practices. MDS will ensure the following:
This Policy will be regularly reviewed as required following organisational changes, or as a minimum, every three (3) years.
The Board is responsible for approval of this policy. The CEO and Executive Management Team are responsible for the effective implementation of this Policy, and delegation of any responsibilities.