Legislative Council: Tuesday, June 27, 2023


Veterinarian Suicide Prevention

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:40): Supplementary: will the minister commit to introducing legislation to ensure the state reports on the number of deaths by suicide of vets to this chamber yearly to quantify this important and critical issue?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:40): I thank the honourable member for her question. There is already in existence the South Australian Suicide Register, and my advice is that the occupation of the deceased person at the time of their death is recorded in that register. I'm working with the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, who I understand administers the register—or his department does—around how accessible that data is able to be for use, for example, for associations such as the Australian Veterinary Association or others who might wish and benefit from having specific information related to that profession.