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Thursday 31 March 2022

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Dear sector colleagues,

Following the 2022 State Election, I would like to formally congratulate the new Premier, the Hon Peter Malinauskas MP. I would also like to welcome our new Minister for Human Services, the Hon Nat Cook MP, and Minister for Women and Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, the Hon Katrine Hildyard MP.

Prior to being elected to the South Australian Parliament in 2014, Minister Cook worked for almost three decades as a Registered Nurse across several key roles. In addition to her frontline, lived experience in brain injury treatment and rehabilitation, she is also an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Minister Cook is a founder of the Sammy D Foundation which works to educate young people about the impacts of bullying and drug and alcohol fueled violence.

With extensive experience in healthcare and a passion for helping those in need, Minister Cook is committed to contributing to public policy that strengthens the community and supports vulnerable South Australians with advocacy in key areas including Disability, Housing, Homelessness, the Child and Family Support System, and Aboriginal services.

Similarly, Minister Hildyard cares passionately about the economic security, wellbeing and safety of women and their children in our community and is committed to making a real difference in people’s lives. She is looking forward to working in partnership with you to implement policies that achieve a fairer, more progressive South Australia, with gender equality a major priority. 

Minister Hildyard will play a leading role in advancing the Government’s Women: Safety, Well-being and Equality policy, aimed at achieving gender equality and ensuring girls and women are safe, able to build a financially sustainable future for themselves and their families and empowered to equally and actively participate. A key priority of the Minister is to oversee an increase in supports available in the community for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, with a focus on primary prevention initiatives to ensure the next generations of South Australians do not grow up with learned biases and behaviours that lead to violence.

Both Ministers and I are looking forward to working together with you to help deliver improved policies, programs and services that empower and place people at the centre of our priorities, ensuring all South Australians receive the best care and support when they need it most. Furthermore, with your support we also want our community to be more empowered to choose and actively participate in what that care, support or service should look like.

I was pleased to recently present at the second Child and Family Support System (CFSS) Communities of Practice forum for 2022. This CFSS Communities of Practice is hosted by the Early Intervention Research Directorate in collaboration with Safer Family Services. It is a critical strategy in developing and aligning practices across the sector where efforts are focused on addressing growing child abuse and neglect concerns, including the number of children needing to enter care, and supporting children to be safely cared for in their homes, connected to family, community and culture.

The forum was attended by over 150 stakeholders from across the sector who heard  about strategies to build the capacity of their workforces and help them to feel supported in their work.

In other news, today, 31 March, is International Transgender Day of Visibility. The day is an annual international celebration of trans pride and awareness, recognising trans and gender diverse experiences and achievements. It also seeks to spread awareness of the discrimination and challenges face by transgender and gender diverse people. One of the most common ways this day helps spread awareness is by transgender and gender diverse people coming forward and sharing their lived experiences with other people.

You can celebrate trans pride through hosting your own event or promotion of the special day of significance in your workplace or local community. Resources can be found on the Trans Day of Visibility website.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your week.

Ngaityalya (Kaurna, thank you)

Lois Boswell
Chief Executive

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