Veteran Wellbeing Centre progress update
The Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre has moved from concept to reality, with an official building opening and Anzac Day commemorations held at the new site in April.
The Repat Health Precinct has a long and proud history of supporting and healing veterans and their families and the centre represents a new chapter for the veteran community in South Australia.
From June, services will gradually transition to the site, including accredited veteran wellbeing and compensation programs, health and wellbeing, advocacy, education, skills and employment, and housing and accommodation.
ANZAC Day commemorations
The Centre was open its first Anzac Day event as part of the Repat commemorations, just a week after its official opening, with veterans also commemorating the day at the Jamie Larcombe Centre.
It was a welcomed return of Anzac services after the pandemic forced the cancellation of events last year, and it was the first of many commemorations that will be held at the new Centre and the Repat Health Precinct.
The Presiding Member, Veterans Health Advisory Council Mr Geoff Tattersall, spoke about the evolving importance of wellbeing for veterans and their families, and World War II veteran Les Brown, a hundred years young, who has long ties to the Repat Precinct, recited the Ode of Remembrance.
The service was live-streamed from the Repat chapel.
Open Day — 18 April 2021
The Veteran Wellbeing Centre was officially opened by the Hon Stephen Wade MLC, Minister for Health and Wellbeing on Sunday, 18 April 2021.
The Centre will be home to four organisations that support veterans and their families: Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling, Plympton Veterans Centre, RSL SA/NT and Soldier On.
How to access services
The finishing touches to the building are underway, with services to begin transitioning to the Centre from 1 June.
Veterans and their families can continue to contact each of the four organisations directly to arrange services and make appointments.