Mobility and Accessibility for Children in Australia Ltd (MACA) is a registered charity driving research and development to advance the rights of children with disabilities and medical conditions to safe transport
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Currently, many families of children with disability don’t have access to the resources, support and products to enable their safe transport and participation in community. MACA exists to change this.
Our vision and mission
Vision: Every child has access to safe and equitable transport.
Mission: To develop and deliver solutions for the safe and equitable transport of children with disabilities and medical conditions.
We are an experienced team of road safety, policy, and allied health experts dedicated to achieving our vision by working with families, allied health professionals, researchers, industry, and government.
We operate at a local, national, and international level, advancing research and driving innovation to support safe and equitable transport of children with disabilities and medical conditions.
We translate this research into independent and practical information, resources, and training to strengthen the system so that it can better meet the transport needs of families of children with disabilities and medical conditions.
We value our independence which is why we do not sell products or align our organisation with particular suppliers.
Strategic Plan 2022-2025
Learn more about our values, priorities and objectives.
What we do
Build capacity and capability across organisations and among allied health professionals.
We create tools and resources to develop awareness, knowledge, and skills for supporting the safe transport needs of children with disabilities and medical conditions.
We empower organisations to promote a road safety culture.
Strengthen policies and systems to be more inclusive and responsive to the transport needs of children with disabilities and their families.
We promote the inclusion of the transport and road safety needs of children with disabilities and medical conditions in policies and strategies.
We influence the improvement of standards and regulations relating to child restraint systems and devices for children with disabilities and medical conditions.
Advance knowledge to address a historic and global lack of information in this area.
We progress the evidence-base to improve vehicle transport safety for children with disabilities and medical conditions.
We explore lived experience to improve transport safety for children with disabilities and medical conditions.
Drive innovation to encourage new solutions for children and their families.
We openly share insights and learnings with industry and researchers to stimulate innovation.
We accelerate user driven product design and safety solutions.
Our team cares deeply about making a difference and believe all people have the right to fully participate in all aspects of life.
As MACA’s founder and Chief Executive, Helen is a natural innovator and collaborator. She brings her extensive experience in early childhood, policy and road safety together to advance the rights of children with disabilities and medical conditions to safe and accessible transport.
A Director and founder at MACA, Emma has worked in road safety and the transport sector for the past decade. She also brings significant and diverse work experiences in health promotion, public relations, innovation and education to her role with MACA.
Lisa is an Occupational Therapist (OT) with over 30 years' experience working with children and families. A Director at MACA, Lisa is strongly committed to building the capability of allied health professionals to support the safe transport of children with disabilities and medical conditions.
Siobhan is MACA’s design lead. Her background as an industrial designer has informed the way she has built the MACA brand to be user centred, accessible and engaging. Siobhan brings her deep practice knowledge of co-design, social innovation and systems change to all that MACA does.
Glenn is MACA's photographer and documentary filmmaker. He makes moving and still images to communicate powerful ideas and unique perspectives.
Margaret joined MACA in 2019. As a chartered accountant, she has comprehensive experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Sarah is an experienced writer and communications specialist with a background in journalism. She has produced high quality content and communication strategy for MACA (part time) since 2020.
Cara is a senior creative director who launched graphic design agency, Studio Together, in 2013. Cara brings over two decades of experience to her work with MACA, producing outstanding and impactful design.
At MACA, we are grateful to work alongside a wide network of supporters and collaborators. Please visit Friends of MACA to find out more about the individuals and organisations who support MACA to achieve its mission.