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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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HOT WEATHER PREPAREDNESS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:34): My question is directed to the Minister for Human Services. Will the minister indicate ways in which South Australians, particularly those who are vulnerable and/or isolated, can prepare for periods of extreme hot weather?

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SURROGACY REFORM

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:43): On 15 November, I was pleased to receive the South Australian Law Reform Institute's report on surrogacy from its director, Professor John Williams, as well as co-authors Madeleine Thompson and David Plater. I was also delighted that on the same day the Attorney-General, the Hon. Vickie Chapman, tabled a draft standalone surrogacy bill that reflects the recommendations of the report in the House of Assembly.

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Telecross REDi

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:34): My question is directed to the Minister for Human Services. Will the minister indicate ways in which South Australians, particularly those who are vulnerable and/or isolated, can prepare for periods of extreme hot weather?

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MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:21): Today, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight my recent involvement with a range of community organisations in a variety of worthy events and projects. It is always good to participate in the 'Walk through the darkness and into the light' from Tennyson to Henley Beach and the moving ceremony which follows in Henley Square, which took place this year on 17 November. I walked from Tennyson, and others walked from West Beach to Henley, then gathering for moving ceremony which followed.

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LOCAL HEALTH NETWORK STAFF WELLBEING

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: In my current role as the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention, and in similar previous positions in opposition, I have seen the impact of the work environment on individual wellbeing and how important it is to provide an appropriate workplace. Will the minister update the council on support for staff in South Australian local health networks?

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TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:57): My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on the government's commitment to transparency in government?

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Chemotherapy Treatment

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:04): My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on what steps the government is taking to improve the safety of chemotherapy prescribing in this state?

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ABORIGINAL LANDS PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE: REPORT 2017-18

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:10): I move:

That the 2017-18 annual report of the committee be noted.

This is the first report of the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee that I have had the privilege to move as presiding member, and it is a great privilege to serve in that role. There has been significant change in the last year for this committee, as with most committees, due to the election and the nomination of new members to that committee.

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Northern Suburbs Mental Health Services

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:57): Members of the council will know of my long support for people living with mental illness, my work as the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention and also my involvement with the Playford and Salisbury suicide prevention networks, among many others. Will the minister update the council on the government's action with regard to mental health services in the northern suburbs?

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