Department of Human Services

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Dear sector colleagues,

Earlier this week, South Australia achieved three consecutive days of zero positive cases: the first time since 12 March 2020 when our numbers began to steadily rise. Since then, two positive cases have been reported that suggests while successful in flattening the curve, we are still managing a pandemic.

South Australia has also become the temporary home for hundreds of Australians repatriated this week. Their arrival required the teamwork of many agencies including SA Health and SA Police along with federal agencies and non-government organisations. This is a good example of South Australia responding to the needs of our fellow Australians.

With school holidays drawing to a close, I know there are concerns about children returning to school for term two. Advice from the Department of Education is that school will return next week as recommended by the Chief Public Health Officer. I recognise that for many children, school provides a safe environment and a sense of routine and normality.

Our next online forum is this Friday, 24 April 2020, and you’ll find information on how to access it below.

Finally, some elective surgery is resuming next week, a sign that what we are experiencing now is temporary and we will come out the other side of COVID-19.

Best regards,

Lois Boswell
Acting Chief Executive

Read the NGO Newsletter online - 22 April 2020

Accessing Friday’s forum

The next NGO webinar is this Friday, 24 April 2020 at 3:30pm.

The forum will be hosted by Lois Boswell, Acting Chief Executive Department of Human Services and will feature guests Philip Newitt, Assistant Commissioner of SA Police and Amelia Traino, Executive Director of Mental Health and Wellbeing at Wellbeing SA.

Please send any questions in advance to and join the forum on Zoom.

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