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Parliamentary Questions


Question Without Notice No. 815 asked in the Legislative Council on 20 September 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

FORAGING — HOSPITALISATIONS

815. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Health:

Many Western Australians forage in local forests and national park areas for fungi and other natural foods and medicines.

(1) How many hospitalisations have there been in 2021 and so far in 2022 attributable to those who have foraged for fungi or other foods and have become ill as a result?

(2) How many deaths have occurred due to the same reason in 2021 and so far in 2022?

(3) Does the government have a public education campaign about the potential dangers of consuming foraged foods or medicines without properly ensuring their safety; and, if not, will it implement one?

Hon SAMANTHA ROWE replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I provide the following answer on behalf of the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Health. An answer will be provided on the next sitting day.