Suicide Registry

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:10):  I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Mental Health a question about the Suicide Prevention Plan.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS:  Members may be aware that I have called on the state government to establish a suicide register for a number of years. As such, I welcome the inclusion of the proposed suicide registry in the recently released 2017-21 Suicide Prevention Plan. My questions to the minister are:

1. Will the minister indicate whether the registry will need to be established by regulation, and if so when will that be effected?

2. How will the real-time data envisaged to be produced from the registry be communicated to suicide prevention networks and the general community?

3. Will the minister also indicate whether the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, otherwise known as AISRAP, which has managed the Queensland Suicide Register for a number of years, will be involved in the development of the South Australian registry?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Health, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse) (15:11):  I thank the honourable member for his question, and I again take the opportunity to acknowledge his hard work in the mental health space. Having now assumed the responsibilities as the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, I certainly welcome the opportunity to be able to work with the Hon. Mr Dawkins—

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins:  Can the minister speak up, please? I can't hear him.

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS:  Sorry. I certainly welcome the opportunity to work with the Hon. Mr Dawkins in my new capacity as the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse and acknowledge that he has been a contributor in this public policy area for some time, and it is something I know he genuinely cares about. I have not received any specific advice regarding the suicide registry. I am happy to get that advice ASAP and bring back answers to the honourable member's specific questions, which I think sound meritorious, given what he has asked, and make sure he gets an answer back as soon as possible.