Privacy Statement & Website Disclaimer

Privacy Statement:

The Sands Australia National Council is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information which the organisation collects, holds and administers. Personal information is information which directly or indirectly identifies a person.

Purpose:

The purpose of this document is to provide a framework for Sands Australia in dealing with privacy considerations.

Policy:

Sands Australia collects and administers a range of personal information for the purposes of providing support to families whose expected baby has died. Sands Australia is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information it collects, holds and administers.

Sands Australia recognises the essential right of individuals to have their information administered in ways which they would reasonably expect - protected on one hand, and made accessible to them on the other. These privacy values are reflected in and supported by our core values and philosophies.

Sands Australia is bound by laws which impose specific obligations when it comes to handling information. The organisation has adopted the following principles contained as minimum standards in relation to handling personal information.

Sands Australia will:

Only collect information which the organisation requires for its primary function;

  • Ensure that stakeholders are informed as to why we collect the information and how we administer the information gathered;
  • Use and disclose personal information only for our primary functions or a directly related purpose, or for another purpose with the person's consent;
  • Store personal information securely, protecting it from unauthorised access; and
  • Provide stakeholders with access to their own information, and the right to seek its correction.

Processes:

Collection:

In accordance with the NPPs, where practical, contact may be anonymous. During the course of providing our services, it may be necessary to collect personal information. This is only done if it is considered necessary. Personal information may be collected directly when it is provided by phone or in documents such as application/membership forms. Stakeholders will be advised when personal information is collected, the purpose of collection and how it can be accessed by the stakeholder.

Use and Disclosure:

Personal information may be viewed only by Sands employees, office bearers and authorised volunteers. Stakeholders may request that personal information not be used for the purpose of fundraising for Sands. Information will only be used for the primary purpose for which it was collected or a directly related secondary purpose. For other uses, Sands Australia will obtain consent from the affected person.

Data Quality:

Sands Australia will:

Take reasonable steps to ensure the information the organisation collects is accurate, complete, up to date, and relevant to the functions we perform. Data Security and Retention

Sands Australia will:

Safeguard the information we collect and store against misuse, loss, unauthorised access and modification. Only destroy records in accordance with the organisation's Records Management Policy. Openness

Sands Australia will:

Ensure stakeholders are aware of Sands Australia's Privacy Policy and its purposes. Make this information freely available in relevant publications and on the organisation's website. Access and Correction

Sands Australia will:

Ensure individuals have a right to seek access to information held about them and to correct it if it is inaccurate, incomplete, misleading or not up to date. Anonymity

Sands Australia will:

Give stakeholders the option of not identifying themselves when completing evaluation forms or opinion surveys. Making information available to other organisations

Sands Australia can:

Only release personal information about a person with that person's express permission. For personal information to be released, the person concerned must sign a release form.

Release information to third parties where it is requested by the person concerned.


Website Disclaimer

On this website and in our publications we describe common experiences after the death of an expected baby. Information and suggestions are guided by our experience in helping families affected by this distressing event. Sands acknowledges that values and beliefs surrounding death vary across cultures, religions and personal backgrounds. Reactions to the death of a baby are unique. Some responses may not be included in this website and/or publications, while some of the offered suggestions may not suit everyone. However, Sands offers information and support without judgement.

Professionals have reviewed the information contained in our publications: they are provided in good will, as a public service.

However, Sands makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or appropriateness of the information, in respect of which readers should make their own enquiries.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, Sands disclaims all liability and responsibility for any direct or indirect loss, damage or injury which may be suffered by any person in connection with this website and our publications, including any person relying on anything contained in or omitted from this website and our publications.

Should you have further questions or concerns, Sands can assist – please refer to the ‘About Sands’ section of this website.