In Parliament


CYPRIOT COMMUNITY

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:06): I rise to speak today about two recent Cyprus community events. On 9 February this year, I attended the 2019 Cyprus Festival in Welland. The festival was presented by the Cyprus Community South Australia as a two-day event celebrating the Cypriot way of life, past and present and in Australia. The Cyprus Community SA Incorporated was established in 1948, so there is a rich history of people from Cyprus as part of the everyday life of South Australia as we see it today.

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THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: As a member in a previous parliament's select committee on the future of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, I have a long knowledge of TQEH, as I know other members in this place have through the Transforming Health select committee. Will the minister update the council on services at TQEH?

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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: I have been working with professionals and advocates in the mental health field now for many years. As the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention, I have appreciated the opportunity to strengthen these relationships and contribute to better mental health outcomes. One strong lesson I have learned is the important difference that each individual can make. Will the minister update the council on mental health support programs?

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HOSPITAL DEMAND

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: During my Address in Reply last year I spoke about the current government's approach to health services, and how different it was from that of the previousgovernment. Yesterday in this place the minister mentioned a stark difference in views on ambulance ramping. Will the minister update the council on initiatives to address hospital demand?

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COUNTRY PRESS AWARDS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:22): On 22 February, I was very pleased to attend the Country Press SA awards dinner at the Vine Inn Barossa community hotel in Nuriootpa. The welcome was provided by the new president of Country Press SA, Mr Darren Robinson, a fourth-generation member of the Robinson family who worked on The Leader newspaper at Angaston, which actually hosted this annual event. The master of ceremonies for the awards was the new vice-president, Mr Dennis Jackson, of The Border Watch at Mount Gambier.

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HEALTH SERVICES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:04): My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on the government's achievements in health and wellbeing over the last 12 months?

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PUBLIC HEALTH

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:51): My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on pressures facing the public health system?

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COUNTRY HEALTH SERVICES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:53): My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on health services in country South Australia?

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MENINGOCOCCAL B STRAIN VACCINATION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:15): My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on the progress of the meningococcal B vaccination program?

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HOSPITAL SERVICES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: Last week in this place I raised the question of staff wellbeing. I was pleased to hear from the minister about steps being taken to support staff in the health sector. Will the minister update the council on some of the pressures in the health system?

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