In Parliament


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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SA Suicide Prevention Grant Scheme Recipients Announced

Twenty non-government organisations and community groups have been awarded funding to implement projects aimed at tackling South Australia’s suicide rate, thanks to the State Government Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme (SASPCGS).

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DONATELIFE WEEK

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:40): 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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ROTARY CLUB OF GAWLER

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:32) : It was my great privilege to attend the 3,000th meeting of the Rotary Club of Gawler at the Nixon's Function Centre in Gawler on Monday 1 July. This dinner meeting also saw the induction of President Steve Barilla as the 66th president of the club by outgoing president Jacqui Atyeo.

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Network of Suicide Prevention Networks Forum

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:31): On 29 May this year, along with more than 130 other people, I participated in the Network of Suicide Prevention Networks forum at the Salvation Army's Riverside Centre in Gawler. The representation at the meeting included delegates from networks across the state, including: the Barossa; Mid Murray; Adelaide Plains; Salisbury; Gawler; Onkaparinga; Marion; Mid North; Mount Barker; Mount Gambier; Murray Bridge; Naracoorte, Lucindale and Districts; Mitcham; Playford; Port Adelaide; Port Augusta; Port Pirie; the Riverland; Copper Coast; Yorke Peninsula; Strathalbyn; Tea Tree Gully; Streaky Bay; Tumby Bay; South Coast; Western Adelaide; and Whyalla.

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