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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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