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Thursday, 16 October 2003
Page: 21677

Mr QUICK (4:35 PM) —Last week was Mental Health Week and today I rise to pay tribute to the members, workers and staff at the Eureka Clubhouse in Hobart, Tasmania. The dedicated staff are the director, Michelle Fay, David Scott, and part-time support workers, Jo-Anne Littleford, Conchita Navarro, Bunty Target-Seamour and Linda Seamour. These are a fine group of people who work magnificently with those that need help and assistance in a world that is fast paced and unforgiving.

Eureka Clubhouse is a psychosocial rehabilitation service for clients with mental health problems. The clients volunteer their time to run the organisation with the support of staff. The program empowers members to achieve goals by building on their strengths, helping with their self-esteem and assisting to break down the isolation that many people with mental illnesses experience. Eureka Clubhouse currently works with 280 members, and 25 to 40 members are involved from two to eight hours daily. Eureka Clubhouse has embarked on a truly innovative and world-class program by setting up commercial businesses that employ its members.

We all know how hard it is for able-bodied Australians to find work. It is much harder for people with disabilities. With TQM, a cleaning service, Eureka Clubhouse achieves commercial goals and has generated the funds with which they were able to purchase the Court Cafe in the Northgate Shopping Centre. TQM has gardening and cleaning contracts with Tasmania Police, Housing Tasmania, private hospitals, the women's health centre and Centrelink. These agencies are to be commended for their support of the Eureka Clubhouse members and their staff, while of course expecting quality work and value for their money.

The Monday before last, I was delighted to officially open Eureka's latest venture, Court Cafe. Court Cafe is in the food court at the Northgate Shopping Centre, Glenorchy—a suburb of Hobart. The cafe is right in the public eye and provides a diverse range of work for the Eureka Clubhouse clients. Court Cafe is a fantastic opportunity for members to gain experience, which hopefully will lead to longterm mainstream employment. Patrons expect and receive the best in friendly and efficient service while having a cuppa or a wonderful snack at the cafe. Court Cafe is also involved in outside catering on a regular basis.

Eureka Clubhouse is a specialised open employment service for people who have a mental illness. It helps with resumes, job hunting and interview techniques to assist its members. Twenty members now receive award wages, with 90 per cent of the people who are seeking employment in the program achieving some employment goals. Eureka's community input is to educate other organisations through the year by holding information sessions at their workplaces, having stalls at expos and taking part in Mental Health Week activities. Eureka Clubhouse is a valued service to the people of Hobart and of great benefit to the people with mental health problems. Tonight I would like to congratulate them all on their progress, achievements and outcomes for the people who really do need that extra assistance. Well done to everyone at the Eureka Clubhouse.

The SPEAKER —Before I recognise the member for Dobell, I point out to the member for Hindmarsh that it would not be proper for the chair to recognise a member of the executive in the adjournment—it has never happened—unless no other person rises.