Seeking finer details on capacity created by the Repat plan 

20 February 2019

This week, we welcomed the State Government’s concept plans for the new Repat Health Precinct at Daw Park. While we recognise that many of the inclusions align to the services we supported in our feedback submission last year, the ANMF (SA Branch) is eager to hear more specific details on what the new plan means for capacity in our overall health system.

This week, Minister Wade announced the site would include:

  • a new purpose-built, 26-bed brain injury specialist inpatient ward.
  • a new 23-bed state-wide spinal injury ward
  • 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 60-bed village for people with dementia who have complex care needs—with SA Health currently in negotiations with a non-government organisation to provide this service.
  • a ‘town square’ as a community hub; and
  • outdoor flexible use space including a new wheelchair training/sports gymnasium;
  • a refurbished SPF (Schools Patriotic Fund) Hall; and
  • a new cafe.

The Government also announced that dedicated care transition facilities will also be developed with additional support spaces.

The ANMF (SA Branch) has written to the Minister seeking more information on the plans to ensure they result in increased capacity for South Australia’s health system.