The Marshall Liberal Government has acted early on its commitment to preventive health and wellbeing with the establishment of the Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention, tasked with reducing South Australia’s suicide rate.
More people take their own lives each year than die on our roads and South Australia’s suicide rate is above the national average.
The Chair of the Premier’s Council will be titled ‘Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention’.
The Premier has asked the Hon John Dawkins MLC to serve as the Chair which Mr Dawkins has accepted.
“I’m delighted that John has accepted the role of leading the body that will drive the State Government’s policy agenda to reduce the rate of suicide in South Australia,” said Premier Marshall.
“For many years, John has been a passionate and influential advocate on suicide prevention policy within South Australia and beyond.
“John Dawkins will make an excellent chair of the Council.”
“It is a great honour to be appointed to lead the Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention,” said Mr Dawkins.
“The tragedy of suicide claims too many lives, touching many families and friends in its wake.
“The Council will build on the vital work of the State’s suicide prevention networks and associated voluntary groups working in postvention.
“I will devote myself to delivering improvements in policy and services that will help reduce the impact of suicide in our community.”
Mr Dawkins will work with the Health Minister Stephen Wade on the establishment of the Council.