Relationships Australia SA is committed to working in collaboration with others for a just society which ensures the health and well-being of all people. We strongly believe that it is only in working together that a difference is made to people’s lives. We value working with communities and the people using our services so that our services are relevant and responsive, especially to the needs of those most vulnerable in our society.
We believe that relationships are fundamental to human existence. It is our relationships that give meaning to our lives. Our commitment is to facilitating positive and respectful relationships in all areas of people’s lives:
- Our relationships within ourselves
- Our personal and family relationships in all their diversity
- Our relationships in our workplaces and other key groups in our lives
- Relationships within and between different community groups.
As an organisation we recognise also the relationship people have with the land and we respect the aboriginal custodians of this land and their heritage. We believe that we have a responsibility to contribute to righting the wrongs of the past and working to improve the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our work is underpinned by a constitutional commitment to a primary health approach that works to achieve positive population health outcomes, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged. Thus, in all of our services there is a focus on the social determinants of health and reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors that contribute to good health and well-being. Consistent with primary health care approach our work involves working with the multiple determinants of health by:
- Developing people’s personal skills in order to achieve individual, family and community well-being;
- Creating supportive environments so that people are supported in their family, friendships, schools, workplaces, communities and society;
- Strengthening community action so that the community’s capacity to respond to social health issues is improved and communities are empowered to develop the conditions vital for good health;
- Reorienting services, particularly through training, education, and resource development, so that all services work collaboratively together to respond to the social health needs in their communities; and
- Contributing to the development of public policy and service initiatives, through submissions, committee participation and the development of evidence-based work, research and evaluation, which in turn forms the foundation of good evidence informed policy.
Our agency values its partnerships with the Federal and State Governments, as well as other organisations and communities, in order to make Australia a more caring, inclusive and compassionate society. Underpinning all of our work is a belief that positive and respectful relationships are fundamental to a healthy society.
RASA is part of a national federation of Relationships Australia organisations and has been providing services to South Australians for over 60 years. We recognise the importance of this federation as a collaboration which actively works to provide integrated services which achieve improved relationships for all Australians.
In South Australia, our services are provided through two legal entities which work closely together:
- RASA – which focuses on personal relationships and family well-being.
- RASA Health Promotion Services – which focuses on health and well-being, especially mental health and services for those whose lives are impacted upon by illness and social health issues.
Our Strategic Plan for the next 5 years has been developed to build on the existing strengths of both entities in order to achieve positive and sustainable change for individuals, families and communities.