Our Social Impact

Our Social Impact

This Statement represents a bi-annual commitment with implementation beginning in November 2020.

As a for purpose organisation we have a social responsibility. Not only to the individuals we serve, but to the community in which we all live. For individuals to flourish they need to live in communities that are doing the same.

Social accountability means being responsible for positive social change. For Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) this means identifying the issues that prevent our communities from flourishing, establishing areas where we can have an impact, setting action steps as part of our strategic plan and measuring our impact against manageable targets.

SCIA has aligned our key focus areas to the Paris Agreement United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that set a goal of sustainable development by 2030. Each of our focus areas aligns to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Social Impact Statement outlines our 5 key focus areas each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  1. Reconciliation
  2. Environmental Sustainability
  3. Diversity
  4. Flexibility
  5. Emergency Preparedness

Key partnerships underpin the work that we do including. The first if which is our support of the Human Rights Commissions Racism it Stops with Me Campaign.

Racism. It stops with me.

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is proud to have joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies, and NGO’s to support the national “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign.

Our organisation has committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activities in support of the campaign. Racism is never acceptable and we all have a responsibility to stand up against it.

The campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission, has been developed by a partnership of government and non-government agencies.

Research from 2018 shows that one in five surveyed Australians say they experienced racial discrimination in the past 12 months.

Research has also shown that one in three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have experienced verbal racial abuse in the past 6 months.

The “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign welcomes organisational and individual supporters. For more information about the campaign go to their website.

Feature image — Racism. It stops with me.

Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

SCIA is committed to an equitable Australia and recognises the importance and significant contribution of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on whose lands we live and work.

We are proud to have developed our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), our formal commitment to Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Our vision is for a world where people with spinal & neuro conditions and their loved ones thrive.

Our vision as we begin our Reflect RAP journey is to increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge, and leadership within our community.

Over the coming year we will work collaboratively to ensure that our own services are culturally safe and welcoming so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with spinal and neurological conditions have improved health and social outcomes and live in a world where they and their loved ones thrive.

Feature image — Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

The Welcome Here Project

As a proud member of ACON‘s Welcome Here Project, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia commits to fully supporting the project’s three core commitments:

  • Welcome and include LGBTIQ+ people
  • Create positive change in your local community
  • Celebrate LGBTIQ+ Diversity (see LGBTIQ Diversity Days Project)
Feature image — The Welcome Here Project

Diversity Council Australia (DCA) Member

Through our membership we will prioritise best practice and develop our expertise across all the diversity dimensions including gender, culture and religion, generational and mature age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ+, disability and accessibility, flexibility and work-life, and mental health.

Feature image — Diversity Council Australia (DCA) Member