Revitalising the SA Repat Health Precinct

The future of the Repat Health Precinct has been secured with $70m joint funding agreement between the Federal and South Australian Governments.


The Federal Government today committed $30 million for a new State-wide brain and spinal rehabilitation unit.


Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the purpose-built facility will provide a 26-bed specialist inpatient ward.


“I’m delighted to be able to deliver a new state-of-the-art facility for brain and spinal rehabilitation patients which will be co-located with a range of specialised services and which will make a patient’s transition to the community easier,” Minister Hunt said.


The State Government today committed nearly $40 million for the precinct, including $14.7m for an 18-bed specialised facility to care for some of the most vulnerable South Australians suffering extreme behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said the Tier 7 dementia unit will be built in Ward 18 and is part of the solution in replacing the Oakden facility.


“Another $25 million will be spent on a state-of-the-art gymnasium for brain and spinal patients and athletes, as well as a “town square” in the heart of the Repat to create a community hub and open outdoor space. The town square redevelopment will also include a refurbishment of the SPF Hall and a new cafe,” Mr Marshall said.


Federal Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM said the Commonwealth Government would also provide more than $1.3 million a year to fund operation of an 8-bed Specialist Dementia Care Unit (SDCU), in addition to the 18-bed unit.


“This unit will be one of 35 SDCUs nationwide and will allow for consolidation of high-quality, specialised dementia care within the Repat site,” Minister Wyatt said.


“The SDCU will care for those who are experiencing severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.


“SDCU care will focus on reducing or stabilising people’s symptoms over time, with the aim of helping these people to move to less intensive care settings.”


SA Health is also in negotiations to partner with a NGO to deliver what will be the State’s new dementia hub - a dedicated dementia village, including 60 places for people who have complex care needs.


As unveiled in the concept plan for the Repat on 17 February, another part of the precinct is focussed on the provision of surgical procedures and care transition spaces at the precinct.


Minister Wade has continued his discussions with veterans groups and ex-service personnel and reiterated the Government’s determination to ensure that the Repat Chapel, Remembrance Gardens, Museum and SPF Hall are protected and preserved as community assets for future generations.


Discussions have included opportunities to return veterans’ health services to the site - both within the partnership zone and in the heritage buildings - and establishing patient accommodation for country veterans who are travelling to Adelaide for treatment.


It’s expected an older persons mental health team will be on site in the second half of 2019 while the Tier 7 dementia ward will open in the first half of 2020.


27 February 2019.