ABOUT US

DIRECTION

OUR VISION

A peak body for ageing Italo-Australians in South Australia

OUR MISSION

Advancing the wellbeing of ageing Italo-Australians with access to information, support, advocacy, services and programs that promote a fulfilling life

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

LEADERSHIP Acting according to best practice in governance and service delivery
INTEGRITY Promoting a transparent and ethical approach to decision making
HOLISTIC Applying a quality of life framework to the ageing Italo-Australian community
INNOVATION Focused on continuous improvement and solution focused thinking
POSITIVE Affirming our vision in everything we do

TARGET

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT CRITICAL TARGETS 2017-2020

SOCIAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY
“STRENGTHENED FOCUS ON EXISTING PROGRAMS”

• Campania Club: Modbury
• Casa D’Abruzzo Molise: Prospect
• Unley MENSA: Unley
• Thebarton Seniors and Pensioners: Thebarton
• St Maria Goretti – Ascot Park

EDUCATION
“AN INFORMED COMMUNITY”

• Launch of the COASIT ‘Stay Informed / Rimani Informato’ information forum
• Broadcast live to the entire state & on an ongoing basis

“NEW OPPORTUNTIES TO BE PURSUED”

•Metropolitan and regional areas
• Italian Regional Clubs
• Italian Social groups

HEALTH & WELLBEING
“BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF WELLBEING”

•Delivery of a SAHMRI ‘wellbeing and resiliance’ pilot program in Italian
• Deliver the program on an ongoing basis
• Inform the community on concepts and information regarding wellbeing and resilience

CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS

PEOPLE & CULTURE

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

One united team

LEADERSHIP

Demonstrate intent towards pursuing our vision

WORKPLACE

Nurture a productive and positive working environment

TEAM

Recruit staff and volunteers that align with our vision and mission

INDIVIDUAL ENGAGEMENT

INDIVIDUAL DRIVEN SERVICE

A proactive approach to delivering wellbeing

EVIDENCE BASED INTERVENTION

Applying research practically for best practice and outcomes.

COLLABORATION

Recognising that together with our community we achieve more

INNOVATION

OUR ENVIRONMENT

A culture that encourages and values continuous improvement

REPUTATION

Uphold high work standards

BEST FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Strive to address community gaps based on areas of need

INNOVATION

Initiatives follow a best practice and innovative approach

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Support active engagement and work opportunities with local communities and other
peak bodies:
• CIC, Bene, St Hilarion, PISA, APAIA
& ANFE
• Multicultural Communities Council South
Australia (MCCSA)
• Council of the Ageing South Australia
(COTA SA)
• Local councils
• Italian regional clubs

SERVICE CAPABILITY ADD-ONS

Support collaborative initiatives and COASIT ‘upskilling’ with:
• Volunteering SA & NT
• South Australian Health And Medical
Research Institute (SAHMRI)
• The Migration Museum

RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

Support partnerships with research institutions and ensure the Italian community is represented in key culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) research:
• Flinders University
• University of Adelaide
• Uni SA

LOUDER VOICE PARTNERSHIPS

Support close engagement with key community information providers:
• Radio Italiana Adelaide
• Radio Italia Uno
• Il Globo

JOURNEY

NEXT 12 MONTHS
SUSTAINABLE

LIFT THE PROFILE

• Work towards lifting the profile of the organisation in the ageing and welfare sector and throughout the wider South Australian community
• Foster relationships with strategic partners

FUNDING & SUSTAINABILITY

• Explore alternate funding opportunities to increase choice, control and independence
• Purse corporate sponsorship for community events and initiatives such as the annual

BUILD THE BOARD

• Strengthen the diversity, structure and effectiveness of the Board
• Build the competencies

FOCUS

• Greater focus on the needs of individuals and small groups
• Work towards initiatives that are open to all members of the Italian community in South Australia

NEXT 3 YEARS
FOCUSED GROWTH

FUNDING

• Strengthen relationships with private enterprise and sponsors
• Advocate and lobby Government at all levels for greater support both in money and resources particularly in aged care, pensions/benefits and associated infra-structure

PARTNERSHIPS

• Pursue collaborative initiatives
• Be a voice on behalf of the community

NETWORK EXPANSION

• Cultivate relationships with COASIT boards across Australia
• Develop constructive partnerships with other peak bodies

NEXT 3+ YEARS
BROADER EXPANSION

STAKEHOLDERS

• Broaden our stakeholder profile
• Promote participation from all levels of the Italo-Australian community

 

GOVERNANCE

• Employ best practice for board governance
• Educate our stakeholder agencies on governance best practice

RESEARCH

• Broaden our research profile with information sharing with Italo-Australians worldwide
• Develop a hub for evidence based care of the ageing Italo-Australian community
• Workforce Development. Building, attracting and retaining a skilled workforce to meet the needs of the (ageing) Italo-Australian community
• Adopting a living laboratory approach to understanding the needs, aspirations and views of the Italo-Australian community in South Australia

FOCUS

COMMUNITY

• Ageing Italo-Australians
• Aged care service providers
• Volunteers

STAKEHOLDERS

• Italian community in South Australia
• Aged care service providers
• Local, State and Commonwealth government

AREA & KEY LOCATIONS

• Metropolitan Adelaide
• Regional South Australia
• Mt Gambier
• Port Lincoln
• The ‘Riverland’

SERVICE OFFERING

• CHSP funded Social Support services
• Volunteer recruitment & referral pathways
• Aged Care system information
• Lifestyle and ageing related information

STRATEGIC PLAN DIRECTIONS

DIRECTION 1

Identification of the needs of the ageing Italo-Australian community

DIRECTION 2

Lobbying and advocacy

DIRECTION 3

Providing information and education to the ageing Italo-Australian community

DIRECTION 4

Cultural awareness and community empowerment

DIRECTION 5

Addressing the needs of the ageing Italo-Australian community