Out Doors’ Commitment
- be flexible and responsive to the individual needs of participants seeking to access or are engaged with our services.
- maximise choice and independence.
- enable participants to access services as part of their goal; and
- acknowledge the important role families have in assisting their family member to realise their individual, physical, social, emotional and intellectual capacities.
- Receive services of the highest standard regardless of social status, age, gender, race, family situation, sexual preference, intellectual, physical or psychiatric disability, religious or political belief.
- Be treated with respect.
- Know the identity, professional status and qualifications of staff.
- Have privacy during individual consultation with staff, and discussions about service delivery.
- Communicate in the language of your choice and have access to an interpreter if necessary.
- Participate in activities safely and be free from harassment, threats, abuse, etc., from other participants.
- Expect confidentiality in any information communicated to staff, apart from circumstances where you or another person are potentially at risk.
- Expect to be informed and to give written permission before information is shared during referrals to another agency.
- Be involved in program planning and evaluation and have the opportunity to provide feedback.
- Seek assistance from staff or management if you have a complaint.
- Have an advocate, e.g. friend, family member or another person present at meetings with staff after first notifying Out Doors of their wish to do so.
- Be free to withdraw from involvement with Out Doors, preferably after discussion with a staff member; and
- Participate in the governance and management of Out Doors through membership of the organisation and election to the Council.
Dignity and Respect
All participants have the right to treatment that respects their dignity and privacy.
- Provided with a private interview room or a private space in communal areas when discussing personal information and/or concerns.
- Where appropriate, consult with individual participants regarding overnight facilities and privacy.
- Provide a safe and welcoming environment, both onsite and offsite.
- Whilst on overnight programs, stay in places that are safe, clean and secure.
- Where participants are placed in an environment not optimal for privacy due to overriding considerations such as safety and risks, showing respect and established privacy space/s as soon as practicable; and
- Supporting participants goals for their recovery are fundamental drivers for the services they receive.
All group members are responsible for ensuring that all participants are provided with a safe environment, free from bullying or harassment or racial vilification or sexual harassment. We believe that all individuals are entitled to respect and acceptance regardless of colour, race, gender, age or religious belief.
The Group Rules are listed at the back of the Trip Information Sheet and are also discussed at every pre-program meeting to ensure that all participants are aware and understand the expectations.
Choice and Control
Out Doors respects and support the rights of participants in exercising choice and control about matters that affect them. This is defined in more detail in the Choice and Control Policy.
Out Doors encourages prospective participants to bring in a support person if they feel more comfortable. If it is assessed that it is in the best interest of the new participant to have a support person accompany them for their first-day activity, Out Doors will ensure that transport allocation and food is also allocated for that person.
The Australian Privacy Principles (APP) are principles-based law. Out Doors Inc. (Out Doors) has adopted these principles in relation to information handling practices and the diverse needs of individuals.
There are 13 Australian Privacy Principles, and they govern standards, rights and obligations around:
- the collection, use and disclosure of personal information
- an organisation or agency’s governance and accountability
- integrity and correction of personal information
- the rights of individuals to access their personal information
You have the right to make a complaint. If you have a complaint or grievance, you can raise and resolve it using the procedure outlined in the Participant Handbook. During this process, you are entitled to a representative of your choice and will not be disadvantaged by lodging a complaint.
If you are not satisfied with Out Doors response or wish to make a complaint directly to an external authority, here are some links and contact details:
- Mental Health Commissioner via telephone on 1800 246 054 or by mail to: Level 26, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Privacy Victoria on 1300 666 444 or by mail to: Level 11, 10-16 Queen Street, Melbourne Vic 3000, Australia
- The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission on 1300 891 848 or by mail to: Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton, Vic, 3053
- NDIS Commission on 1800 035 544 or by mail to: NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission PO Box 210 Penrith NSW 2750
Feedback and Get Involved
Out Doors values your feedback, compliments, ideas and suggestions. Participants also have opportunities to get involved in the governance and management of Out Doors through membership of the organisation and election to the Council. Other ways of getting involved:
- Subscribe and provide content for our participant lead newsletter (Out Doors Ink) and online Facebook group (Out Doors Online),
- Please provide us with feedback at the end of each activity via a survey, and
- Contact us via email or phone to leave feedback on our programs or any other related Out Doors matters.