Reactivating the Repat
The State and Federal Government recently announced a $70 million funding (PDF 437KB) agreement to revitalise the Repat Health Precinct, including:
- a new Statewide brain and spinal rehabilitation unit
- an 18 bed specialised facility to care for some of the most vulnerable South Australians suffering extreme behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)
- an 8 bed Specialised Dementia Care Unit, in addition to the 18 bed unit
- a state-of-the-art gymnasium for brain and spinal patients and athletes
- a ‘town square’ in the heart of the Repat to create a community hub and outdoor space.
The Federal Government has committed $30 million for a new Statewide brain and spinal rehabilitation unit, including a new state-of-the-art 26 bed inpatient facility.
Further, the Federal Government will provide more than $1.3 million a year to fund operation of an 8 bed specialised Dementia Care Unit, in addition to the 18 bed Ward 18.
The State Government will invest $40 million in the precinct, including $14.7 million 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).
A further $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 outdoor space.
This funding ensures we are one step closer to reactivating and revitalising what will be a critical part of South Australia’s future health system.
SA Health is currently in negotiations to partner with a NGO to deliver the State’s dementia hub – a dedicated dementia village, including 60 places for people who have complex care needs.
As unveiled in the Concept Master Plan (PDF 2MB) for the Repat, surgery and care transition spaces will also be offered at the precinct.
The Repat Chapel, Remembrance Gardens, Museum and SPF Hall will be protected and preserved as community assets for future generations.
It is planned that the Older Persons’ Mental Health Service Southern Community Team will be operational at the Repat in the second half of this year while the Tier 7 dementia ward will open in the first half of next year.
Further announcements on other initiatives on the site will be made in the coming months.
For more information
Expression of Interest
SA Health received thirty one submissions to the Expression of Interest process. Submissions were received from a variety of private and non-government organisations interested in partnering with SA Health in delivering a range of health and wellbeing related services to maximise the reactivation opportunities the Repat presents. A number of the submissions show strong interest from organisations to deliver the services identified by the community as priorities for a reactivated site.
These submissions are currently being analysed and distilled in alignment with the community feedback to inform how the final Master Plan will be delivered.
Repat Consultation Report
The Repat Consultation Report (PDF 2MB) was released on Tuesday 30 October 2018.
The report identifies the services the community identified as priorities for a revitalised Repat Health Precinct, which includes brain, spinal and community rehabilitation, enduring mental health, day surgery procedures and care transition. The report also identified a range of services that a portion of respondents considered were missing from the proposed concept options. The top six themes of these services were lymphoedema, outpatients, mental health, accommodation, aged care and veteran services.
The public’s feedback demonstrated the community’s strong view that the Repat site needed to be reactivated as a health precinct to take pressure off the health system and provide world-class services for South Australians.
More than 1500 members of the community participated in the community and stakeholder engagement process.
The Repat site is a fundamental piece to the health system and SA Health is dedicated to listening to the community and working closely with key stakeholders on how the site can be rejuvenated in the best interest of the community.
New beds available on site
Twenty new beds are now open at Repat RA on the Repat site. These beds are for long stay patients who are currently waiting up to six months in hospital for Commonwealth or community support.
A further 20 beds will remain open within the VITA Precinct.
The 40 beds will provide a high quality and much needed service for long stay patients with complex needs, and is part of the State Government’s commitment to the reactivation of the Repat site.
The spirit of the Repat, with its hydrotherapy pool, gardens, peaceful surroundings and friendly access, will be both a great place for these patients, while also helping to alleviate pressure from the acute system.
Car parking for families and friends are nearby and they can visit the Repat site. A map (PDF 87KB) is available to help locate them on the site.
Repat RA ward location
Enter Gate 8 off Goodwood Road
Repat Health Precinct
Rehab Building 012
Carpark 2, Northeast Entrance
Daw Park SA 5041
Telephone: 7117 5010
Repat hydrotherapy pool
The Repat hydrotherapy pool is a valuable rehabilitation service for hundreds of residents in the southern suburbs.
The Repat pool recently re-opened and is accessible to patients from services across the south and community groups with a focus on health and wellness.
For more information, please contact Seamus Smith from the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network’s Rehabilitation, Aged and Palliative Care Division on (08) 8404 2250.