Wednesday 13 October 2021
Dear sector colleagues,
Last week I attended a meeting of the Safety and Wellbeing Taskforce, and I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the important work being undertaken by this group.
The cross-agency Taskforce aims to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable visitors to Adelaide from remote communities and reduce antisocial behaviour. The objective is to keep both visitors and residents safe and facilitate the Return to Country for those who wish to go home.
In approaching this work, the Taskforce is proud to be working closely with elders from a range of communities. Last week, a vital meeting between Taskforce members, APY Executive and Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation was held to work together and develop a pathway forward.
With these groups coming together we see Aboriginal people providing Aboriginal solutions, and by working together it will provide the best support and have the greatest opportunity of success.
It has been a privilege to have the backing of these groups and learn from them as they work together to provide guidance on how to tackle these complex and long running issues. We will continue to walk alongside and listen to elders as they develop answers, and it is absolutely vital that culturally appropriate responses are embedded in the Taskforce’s work.
I was also honoured last week to attend the swearing in of South Australia’s new Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC. Her Excellency is our state’s third female Governor. Having recently served as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), she brings with her a wealth of experience in international relations as she looks to assist our state and the people of South Australia in further developing links with the world through working relationships, trade and investment.
On the COVID-19 front, recent cases of COVID-19 in our community have provided a sharp reminder to remain vigilant and safe. Please continue to ensure you are using the COVID SAfe Check-In and monitoring the SA Health contact tracing page for exposure sites in South Australia.
Today is also a great day to book in to be vaccinated! For further information please refer to the article below.
And finally, I am delighted to advise that DHS’ staff in the Interpreting and Translating Centre have been acknowledged and celebrated by SA Health for their assistance and support of the recent refugee arrivals from Afghanistan, who had fled the crisis in Kabul for their freedom and safety.
DHS is proud to be part of a collective effort from across government and the multicultural and community services sector in welcoming the new arrivals to South Australia with open arms, and assisting in the process to starting a new life in our wonderful state.