Your privacy is important to us. This Privacy Statement describes how we collect, use, store and disclose personal information when you interact with MHDA Experiences.
When used in this Statement, "personal information" has the meaning given in the Privacy Act. Generally, it means any information or an opinion that could be used to identify you.
MHDA Experiences is owned and operated by Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD), Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol directorate using software licensed from Harvest Digital Planning (Harvest). The site aims to connect with people who have lived experience of mental health, drug or alcohol issues to gather input and experiences to help improve the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol services provided by Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
MLHD Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol directorate takes the privacy of those using this site very seriously. We adhere to the privacy standards outlined by NSW Health.
This privacy statement applies to the MHDA Experiences website specifically and provides details on how MLHD Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol directorate collects and protects your personal information as part of your use of this site. This privacy statement does not apply to any other aspects of your interactions with Murrumbidgee Local Health District (e.g. receiving a health service).
The personal information gathered through your interaction with MHDA Experiences is only for the purpose of your participation in this site and the consultations listed. Your information and activities on the site are not recorded in your healthcare record.
An individual's right to privacy as established under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 is respected and protected by Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD).
MLHD does not allow the publication of information that may identify individuals, or might potentially identify them. Any statistical data about the use and management of MLHD facilities, services or projects, and the health of the population are made available on this website in the interest of the public.
Links to external (non-MLHD) sites are sometimes included in information for the convenience of site users, but MLHD does not have any responsibility for the privacy practices of third party sites.
NSW Health observes the information privacy principles set out in The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 when collecting and dealing with any personal information.
NSW Health has a Privacy Management Plan which identifies how all NSW Health agencies comply with the Privacy Act. NSW Health's policy document on information privacy is the Privacy Manual for Health Information.
We collect information about you and your use of MHDA Experiences. The type of information we collect will vary depending on how you interact with the service. We will only collect personal information if it is necessary to carry out the functions of MHDA Experiences. We will always take reasonable steps to collect your personal information directly from you and provide you with options about what information you share.
MHDA Experiences collects information for statistical and system administration purposes. This includes:
MLHD will not attempt to identify individuals from the records the server automatically generates unless necessary to investigate a breach of law or regulation.
Cookies are used on our site, but they do not collect any personal information. For the most part they are sessional and just contain system-generated values to identify the user's session for statistical and system administration purposes only.
We collect the data and information through a combination of Google Analytics, server logs and tools within the functionality of the site, using data security protocols.
Users can choose to register for MHDA Experiences to receive updates on projects you have contributed to or are interested in, as well as notifications of other opportunities you may want to take part in. Some consultations require you to be registered in order to take part.
To register you need to provide:
Optional registration information includes:
If you are a registered user, we may, in addition to the above data and depending on the nature of the consultation, request or collect the following information:
Email addresses provided to this site will only be used to respond to enquiries or provide updates relating to your participation and specified interest areas and will not be added to mailing lists, or disclosed to any other party without the user's consent, unless required to do so by law.
Consultations on MHDA Experiences are conducted by staff from MLHD Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services and supported by the MHDA Coordinator Consumer Participation Strategy. They use tools provided by the service (e.g. surveys, comments, polls) to collect feedback and experiences.
We collect information that you provide via the MHDA Experiences feedback tools. This may include:
Any feedback or correspondence that you send to us via the MHDA Experiences site, email, text or phone conversation will be stored in a secure area within our message services system in accordance with The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.
To protect the safety of the community and ensure that the site is a safe space for all participants, comments submitted to the site are moderated by Harvest and the site administrators from MLHD, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol. Content deemed to be inappropriate or offensive will be removed in line with our Moderation and Community Guidelines.
We use the personal information about you to:
The information you provide through the feedback tools will be collated and provided to the MLHD team overseeing the project for the purposes of decision-making and development of the service or project. You will not be identified as part of this report, unless we advise otherwise. You will be identified if you are applying to be part of a committee or workshop and it is necessary for the team to contact you to discuss your application.
Reports from consultations may also include de-identified quotes from participants in forums, surveys and other consultation tools.
Each consultation will provide you with the following information:
Not all of the information that you provide to us can be viewed by other users of MHDA Experiences.
Publicly available information is limited to your username (selected by you) and any comments you leave under that name in the forums or other feedback tools on MHDA Experiences. We recommend that you protect your privacy by selecting a username which does not identify you and that you do not include personal identifying information (e.g. real name, location) in your comments.
Reports of collated responses and statistics from consultations may be made publicly available or shared with third parties (e.g. contractors assisting with project development or relevant stakeholders). Any comments submitted by you included in the report will be de-identified. Statistics and collated feedback will not include any identifying information.
Information available to both MLHD and Harvest Digital Planning includes:
We will not disclose to other users of the service:
Personal information will be kept in safe custody, sufficient to prevent unauthorised access, and will be properly handled to ensure its safety, integrity and confidentiality. Circumstances in which MLHD may be required to disclose this information to a law enforcement agency include:
Under the PDP Act, we have a responsibility to protect your personal information. We take reasonable steps to make sure that your personal information is protected from misuse, loss, and unauthorised access, modification, or disclosure.
Further, any personal information that we collect and use for identifying user trends is aggregated and anonymised when generating reports.
We may send you information and announcements from time to time by email. If you give us permission, we may also call you on the phone number provided to discuss your application or feedback.
You can choose to receive communication and other updates from us by email. If you choose this but then change your mind, you can unsubscribe at any time by following the process set out in the emails and newsletters that we send you.
You can contact the MHDA Experiences administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the privacy of your information.
If you wish to make a complaint about a breach of this Privacy Statement, please Contact us. We will investigate your complaint and determine what steps we will take to resolve your complaint.
We may update the content of this Privacy Statement from time to time for any reason. The updated version of the Privacy Statement will apply to you as soon as it is posted on the website, so we suggest that you regularly review the Privacy Statement.
MHDA Experiences (“the site”) is the Online Consultation platform provided by Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol directorate.
This site is owned and operated by Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol directorate using software licensed from Harvest Digital Planning (Harvest). References to “We” and “Us” as used in these terms refers to site administrators from Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol directorate and Harvest.
It provides a way for people living in the Murrumbidgee region who have lived experience of mental health, drug or alcohol issues to provide input and share experiences to help improve the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol services provided by Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
Everyone who has internet access and a web browser is able to visit MHDA Experiences. If you would like to participate in interactive components such as commenting or providing feedback to projects, you may need to register.
While using the site, you must not violate any applicable laws and regulations.
It is our duty to protect the confidentiality of personal information you provide on our site in accordance with our Privacy Statement.
When you create an account with us, you must always provide us with accurate information. Failure to provide accurate information violates the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your account on our service.
You are responsible for protecting your own password you use for this site and for any activities done under that password. Unauthorised use of your password or account must be immediately reported to us. In some cases, we may require access to your user accounts to respond to technical issues.
We are not responsible for the content on the site that has been provided by the users of the site.
Any content posted by you is subject to the rules of our Moderation and Community Guidelines. Your contribution to the site may be edited, removed or not published if we consider it inappropriate or harmful. Contributors should also be aware that their posts may remain online indefinitely. Where practical, you may choose not to identify yourself by using a pseudonym. We encourage users to choose a username which protects their privacy.
You must understand and agree that, without limitation:
We can suspend or terminate your access to and/or account in MHDA Experiences immediately, without prior notice, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.
This may include deactivating or deleting your account and all the related files and information in your account. After your account has been terminated, the content you have posted may also remain indefinitely on the site.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, licensors and other partners are not responsible for any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising from a breach of this agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above.
If you decide to register with MHDA Experiences, you will be asked to provide information about yourself. We will rely on the information that you provide when you register. We will assume it is accurate and current unless you tell us that it has changed. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your account.
Any user thought to be providing misleading information, misrepresenting their identity or misusing the service will have their registration suspended.
How we protect and use your information is explained in our Privacy Statement.
When you register with MHDA Experiences we will ask you to choose a password. Please do not tell anyone else your password as you are responsible for all activities that occur on this service through your account.
We will use reasonable efforts to protect the confidentiality of content you provide. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to wholly protect your information from improper purposes by unauthorised third parties. You acknowledge that there are risks inherent in internet connectivity that could result in the loss of your privacy, confidential information and property.
If you believe your account has been compromised or hacked, please inform us immediately so we can take appropriate action.
You can cancel your registration with MHDA Experiences at any time.
Content that you have posted to MHDA Experiences may remain on the service even after you have cancelled your registration and may be included in reports as part of consultation processes.
You can choose to receive updates from MHDA Experiences by email. If you then change your mind, you can unsubscribe at any time by following the process set out in the emails that we send you or by altering the settings in your user profile.
If you have registered with MHDA Experiences, or are taking part in an activity which is open to the public, you can post comments and upload content to the service.
Some projects will display comments publicly to allow other users to interact and provide their thoughts. We suggest you select a username which protects your privacy when posting comments and feedback that is publicly visible.
If you wish to provide confidential information, please contact us to arrange an alternative way to respond.
To allow you to choose whether to take part, each consultation activity will provide you with the following information:
We monitor the content posted on MHDA Experiences on a regular basis during business hours, but it is not possible to monitor all content submitted to the service at all times. This means that from time to time you may see inappropriate content on the site before we can remove it in accordance with the Moderation and Community Guidelines.
If you wish to report content that you believe is inappropriate, or suggests the user is at risk of harm, you can do so by using the reporting function.
Although we monitor public submissions to the site, we do not assume responsibility for third-party content posted on the service. We do not make any warranties, express or implied, as to the timeliness, integrity, accuracy, appropriateness, legality, reliability or quality of the content posted on MHDA Experiences.
MLHD Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol directorate will post project information and consultation activities to MHDA Experiences. This information is accurate at the time of posting however the scope, details or direction of the project, service or consultation may change at any time.
All of the content that an individual user posts to the site is their sole responsibility and reflects their own views and experiences. MLHD Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol directorate is not responsible for the content that is posted by users to MHDA Experiences. MLHD Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol directorate does not verify the accuracy of the views or material contained in the contributions of members of the public.
All reports will be evaluated and if your objection is upheld the content will be hidden from public view. Please note that we reserve the exclusive right to make the final determination of what is inaccurate, inappropriate or offensive. If we do not uphold your objection, we will communicate to you why your objection was not upheld (provided that we have your valid contact information).
Access to MHDA Experiences relies on internet and network technologies outside of our control. We do not guarantee that you will be able to continually access the service without interruption.
We are not liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense resulting from any delay in operation or transmission, communications failure, internet access difficulties or malfunction in equipment or software. If you have difficulties accessing MHDA Experiences please contact us.
This website contains the copyrighted material, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and other proprietary information (“Intellectual Property”) of Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Directorate and its suppliers and licensors. Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Directorate owns and retains all proprietary rights in the intellectual property. All intellectual property in the content of this site including without limitation to text, software, source code, pages, documents and online graphics, photographs, sounds, audio, video and other interactive features are owned by or licensed to us.
Any original content that you submit or post on our site may be made available to the public and allows users to share your content (with the end user acknowledging your contribution) under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Australian License.
Except for Intellectual Property which is in the public domain or for which you have been given written permission, you may not copy, alter, transmit, sell, distribute any of the Intellectual Property.
You confirm that you own or have the right to use any copyright material included in your content and that you are not infringing any person’s rights by submitting the content to MHDA Experiences.
These Terms shall be governed in accordance with the laws of New South Wales, Australia, without regards to its conflict of law provisions.
We may modify or discontinue any information or features that form part of MHDA Experiences any time, with or without notice to you, and without liability.
If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us.
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