In Parliament


Suicide Prevention Statistics

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: The Australian Bureau of Statistics causes of death data for 2018 was released on 25 September this year, and it includes the national suicide statistics. It is important to remember that each of these numbers represents an individual life lost, a life which was valued and will be missed. I acknowledge the individuals, families, carers, colleagues and communities impacted by every suicide.

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Organ Donation

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on organ donation in South Australia?

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Surrogacy Bill

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:32): It would come as no surprise to most people in this chamber that I rise to support this bill and support it very strongly. Members in this place will understand, I think, that I have been working on these issues since 2005 and that my initial legislation in the Legislative Council was well reviewed by the Social Development Committee of the day, led by the Hon. Mr Hunter. While I did not agree with everything in that report, the reality was that we got, I think, a better bill, which went through this place relatively quickly. It took some time, however, to get it through the other place, but we finally got that legislation through late in 2009.

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Rural Health Initiatives

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on recent rural health initiatives?

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QUEENSLAND BUSHFIRES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: Having served as a CFS volunteer at both the 1980 and 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires, I well remember the importance of having appropriate levels of health professionals and ambulance personnel to assist firefighters and local residents. Will the minister advise the council of any assistance being provided to Queensland in relation to the bushfires being experienced in that state?

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PREVENTATIVE HEALTH

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:55): My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on preventative care initiatives?

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INTERCULTURAL FUTURES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:53): Over recent months, I have been pleased to work with Ms Alexandra McGee, the project coordinator at Welcome Australia, on a program called Intercultural Futures. I have attended two forums as part of that program, on Saturday 18 May and Saturday 14 September at The Welcome Centre in Bowden. As I think many of us know, Welcoming Australia exists to cultivate a culture of welcome and create a future where people of all backgrounds have equal opportunity to belong, contribute and thrive.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:29): During the last week of sitting, I had the opportunity to update the council on some of the important work going on in this area following World Suicide Prevention Day on the Tuesday and before R U OK? Day two days later. Will the minister update the council on recent developments in suicide prevention?

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ABORIGINAL HEALTH

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:00): My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister update the council on Aboriginal health initiatives?

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WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:24): I rise today to speak about World Suicide Prevention Day, which was yesterday—and I thank members for wearing the yellow ribbons in recognition of that day—and to also speak about R U OK? Day, which is tomorrow, and to mention some of the many associated events held right around South Australia that have been held or are going to be held in the coming days, which are quite varied in their nature.

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