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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

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins: 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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Suicide Prevention Network of Networks forum to be held in Gawler

The Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention, Hon John Dawkins MLC, is pleased to announce the annual State-wide Suicide Prevention ‘Network of Networks’ forum will be held in Gawler on 29 May 2019.

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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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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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Community Grants to Support Suicide Prevention Initiatives

The South Australian Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme (SASPCGS) is now open for applications from individuals or community-based organisations for funding over the 2019-20 financial year.

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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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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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