In Parliament


Country Health Services

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: Members of this council would be well aware of my advocacy for country South Australia in a range of spheres. I have been encouraged by recent support given to country Australians suffering from natural disasters, among other difficulties. I also know the minister has spoken in this place on country health matters on a number of occasions. Will the minister update the council on support for country health services?

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Network of Suicide Prevention Networks Forum

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:31): On 29 May this year, along with more than 130 other people, I participated in the Network of Suicide Prevention Networks forum at the Salvation Army's Riverside Centre in Gawler. The representation at the meeting included delegates from networks across the state, including: the Barossa; Mid Murray; Adelaide Plains; Salisbury; Gawler; Onkaparinga; Marion; Mid North; Mount Barker; Mount Gambier; Murray Bridge; Naracoorte, Lucindale and Districts; Mitcham; Playford; Port Adelaide; Port Augusta; Port Pirie; the Riverland; Copper Coast; Yorke Peninsula; Strathalbyn; Tea Tree Gully; Streaky Bay; Tumby Bay; South Coast; Western Adelaide; and Whyalla.

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HEALTH SERVICES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:53): My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on programs to support health care in thecommunity?

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REGIONAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: In that vein, I was delighted to participate in the forum to establish a suicide prevention network in the Barossa, attended by 150 people at Nuriootpa on Monday night. Will the minister update the council on regional health initiatives for people beyond the reach of our hospital network?

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE MIDWIFE

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:12): My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on the contribution of midwives in South Australian hospitals?

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Incontinence

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:44): I rise today to speak about incontinence and particularly male incontinence, and that will not be lost on the Hon. Mr Pangallo. But seriously, individuals afflicted by incontinence must carefully plan every outing to reduce the embarrassing moments when leakage unexpectedly occurs. In addition, they must factor in how much to drink before and during an outing and where to access the toilet to accommodate a bathroom schedule. In the event that no toilets are accessible, they may have to cancel their outing.

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YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: After many years of advocacy in the mental heath field it has been a privilege to be appointed the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention. Unfortunately, over the long period I have worked in that area I have seen the devastating impact suicide and attempted suicide can have on families and loved ones, and it is particularly tragic when it involves a young person. Will the minister update the council on youth suicide prevention initiatives?

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Environment, Resources and Development Committee: Inquiry into Heritage Reform

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:18): I move: That the first report of the committee, on an inquiry into heritage reform, be noted.

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EATING DISORDER TREATMENT SERVICES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: In my work as the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention, I have seen firsthand some of the tragic effects of mental illness, often going unsupported or unrecognised because of the stigma still unfortunately attached to it in some quarters. Will the minister update the council on efforts to assist those suffering from eating disorders?

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CENTRAL ADELIADE LOCAL HEALTH NETWORK

My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on services in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network?

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