Reactivating the Repat

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Consultation Process


UPDATE: Below is a record of what appeared on YourSAy during the open consultation process from 15 August 2018 - 16 September 2018. The Repat Consultation Report was released on Tuesday 30 October 2018. The report outlines 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 final master plan will be released in early 2019 and will be available for public comment.


Have your say on which health care services you would like to see on the

Consultation Process


UPDATE: Below is a record of what appeared on YourSAy during the open consultation process from 15 August 2018 - 16 September 2018. The Repat Consultation Report was released on Tuesday 30 October 2018. The report outlines 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 final master plan will be released in early 2019 and will be available for public comment.


Have your say on which health care services you would like to see on the revitalised Repat site in Daw Park.

What is being decided?

You are invited to have your say on which services you think would best support the health system and most benefit the community.

The State Government is committed to reactivating the Repat as a thriving health precinct that delivers on the needs of the community and delivers the best value use of the site in supporting our hospitals and health services.

At the election, the Government committed to re-opening the operating theatres, re-purposing Ward 18 as an older people with mental health issues facility, and re-opening the hydrotherapy pool.

There are assets and space on the site to provide more services and facilities to support the health and wellbeing of the southern community and South Australians more broadly.

We want to ensure that the reactivated Repat site will help us to meet the health needs of the community now and into the future.

We will be working with the community, clinicians and stakeholders to collectively determine the best use for the site.

The Repat site is an important part of South Australia’s health infrastructure and the community will play a vital part in the reactivation of this iconic site.

Three concepts

The first part of the consultation and engagement process was a workshop with key stakeholders. In these discussions, potential facilities, services and strategies for reactivating the Repat were identified. This discussion then informed a second stakeholder workshop where preliminary conceptual options were discussed incorporating these ideas.

SA Health has distilled these ideas and discussions into three concepts with themes based on a number of core health services, as a starting point to prompt discussion and debate about what should be on the Repat site.

The key elements identified in these workshops and structured into the concepts are explained in the Issues Guide.

Watch the Video below which provides a snapshot of the proposed options.

Get involved

We want to hear from South Australians about which health services could form part of a new health precinct into the future.

Read the Issues Guide and join the discussion by:

How will your input be used and influence the decision?

Following the consultation, we will collate feedback and responses as we finalise a Master Plan for the site, which is expected to be released by the end of the year.

The unique culture and the spirit of the Repat will be taken into consideration throughout the process of reactivating the Repat site.

The final site design will provide a range of health and related services aimed at supporting our State’s hospitals and health services.

Official launch of the public consultation

The official launch of the public consultation took place Wednesday 15 August.

If you missed the event, you can hear the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade, speak about the process and his views in the video below.

You can watch all the videos from the official launch here.

Closing date 5pm Sunday 16 September 2018




Background


The Repatriation General Hospital (‘The Repat’) at Daw Park, was one of three repatriation general hospitals established in South Australia by the Commonwealth Government around the time of World War II to cater for returned servicemen and women. The Repat was initially set up as an Army hospital before being administered by the Repatriation Commission (now the Department of Veterans’ Affairs).

In the mid-1990s, the Commonwealth Government divested itself of the Repat and it became a public hospital under State Government administration.

In June last year, the former State Government entered into a contract to sell the Repat site to the not-for-profit ACH Group. The ACH Group had been planning to redevelop the site for community and health services, housing, education and aged care facilities.

In November 2017 most SA Health public health services transitioned from the Repat into other purpose-built and state-of-the-art facilities, including the Jamie Larcombe Centre, the Flinders Medical Centre and the Noarlunga Hospital. As part of this process supporting infrastructure was decommissioned and either removed or relocated from the Repat.

In the lead up to the election, the then Liberal opposition announced that in government it would:

  • Re-open operating theatres to reduce the elective surgery waiting list.
  • Re-open the hydrotherapy pool to support community health.
  • Use Ward 18 as an older persons mental health facility to provide accommodation for people who until recently would have been admitted to Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service.
  • Build a new older persons mental health facility for people with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

The sale of the site to the ACH Group was not finalised prior to the March 2018 state election and the Minister for Health and Wellbeing terminated the contractual arrangements on 2 May 2018.

The hydrotherapy pool was reopened in May this year, enabling access to rehabilitation patients from the nearby ViTA centre and self-help community users, and from 1 July, the Repat pool was opened to patients from across the south and community groups with a focus on health and wellness.

Status of the site

The Repat is situated on 14 hectares of land approximately eight kilometres south of the CBD, and it is important that we maximise its use to the best of our ability.

There are a number of health services that are currently located at the Repat site that will continue to operate in a reactivated Repat health precinct, including:

  • Care awaiting placement and Transitional Care beds in the ViTA facility (ACH and SALHN)
  • Repat Radiology
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics SA (OPSA)
  • The Flinders University Sleep Studies program
  • The hydrotherapy swimming pool

Three of the most functional and core assets on the site are linked to the delivery of the Government’s policies and these buildings have been identified as key opportunities for core services at the reactivated Repat. These buildings are primarily the:

  • Previous Rehabilitation and 4th Generation Building on the northwestern corner of the site
  • Previous Older Persons Mental Health ward – Ward 18
  • Operating theatres and supporting infrastructure

There are several buildings across the site that are of heritage significance with the Chapel, Schools Patriotic Fund (SPF) Hall and Remembrance Garden of considerable significance to World War II Veterans and their families.

These will all be preserved.

There are some non-heritage buildings that have been identified as unlikely to be suitable for repurposing and re-use due to their poor functionality and condition.

The demolition of a number of these grouped ancillary buildings could create the opportunity to develop an open, central and landscaped space in the heart of the site to craft a cultural hub that connects the core repurposed buildings.

The State Government’s commitment to reactivate the Repat as a genuine health precinct presents an opportunity to utilise the capacity, the assets and land on the site for the provision of health and related services.

Consultation has concluded
  • What you said

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    What you said

    UPDATE: This consultation is now closed. Below is a record of what appeared on YourSAy during the open consultation process from 15 August 2018 - 16 September 2018.

    The Repat Consultation Report was released on Tuesday 30 October 2018. The report outlines 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 final master plan will be released in early 2019 and will be available for public comment.


    Your input is important and will help inform the discussion about the future of the Repat site in Daw Park.

    Register your attendance at the following event to find out more and join the conversation.

    You can also take part by:

    Official launch of the public consultation

    The official launch of the public consultation took place Wednesday 15 August.

    If you missed the event, you can hear the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade, as well as other key stakeholders talking about their views and the process for the reactivation of the Repat in the videos from the official launch here.


  • Issues Guide & concepts

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    The Issues Guide

    The Issues Guide has been created to help you think about the future of the Repat site and what you see as the best use of this important resources within our health system.

    This guide seeks to:

    1. Outline the process of engagement and decision-making for the future of the Repat site.
    2. Provide information about the range of services and facilities outlined on the concept maps, to help your thinking about what might be best for the site.
    3. Provide some context about the demand and gaps in health service provision in the south that the Repat may help address.

    The concepts

    The first part of the consultation and engagement process was a workshop with key stakeholders. In these discussions, potential facilities, services and strategies for reactivating the Repat were identified. This discussion then informed a second stakeholder workshop where preliminary conceptual options were discussed incorporating these ideas.

    SA Health has distilled these ideas and discussions into three concepts with themes based on a number of core health services.

    The key elements identified in these workshops and structured into the concepts below are explained in the Issues Guide.

    Concept 1: Specialist rehabilitation + Care transition + Day procedures


    Concept 2: Care transition + Overnight procedures

    Concept 3: Multi-day surgery + Care transition

    Create your own concept for the Repat health precinct

    We have developed a list of possible services and facilities and have designed three concepts as a starting point to prompt discussion and debate about what should be on the Repat site.

    Now you can join the conversation. Tell us what you want to see at the Repat site.

    • What should the focus of the site be? What is important to you?
    • Which of the proposed elements are attractive to you? What is missing?
    • What is your vision for this important and central health precinct in the city’s inner south?

    Use the list of services and facilities provided in the Issues Guideto help you to respond to the online poll.



  • Videos

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    Videos

    Videos from the offical launch

    Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Stephen Wade

    Hear the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade, speak about the process and his views.



    Executive Director, Infrastructure, Brendan Hewitt

    SA Health’s Executive Director, Infrastructure, Brendan Hewitt, presents the master plan concepts and the planning approach.


    SALHN Chief Executive Officer - Sue O'Neill

    Hear the SALHN Chief Executive Officer, Sue O’Neill, discusses emerging challenges and what makes the Repat so special.



    Former Surgery Manager, Repat, Christine Doerr

    Former Repat Surgery Manager, Christine Doerr, presents a case for the return of Elective Multi-day surgery to the Repat.


    CEO, RSL Care SA, Nathan Klinge

    Hear from the Chief Executive Officer at RSL Care SA, Nathan Klinge, about their vision for the Repat site.


    Head of Unit for Older Persons Mental Health Services, Duncan McKellar

    NALHN’s Head of Unit for Older Persons Mental Health Services, Duncan McKellar, discusses the Repat as a site for excellence in older persons mental health services.


    Community feedback

    South Australians are having their say on what health care services they would like to see on the revitalised Repat site.


  • Updates

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    $70M to kick-start a revitalised Repat

    The State and Federal Government recently announced a $70 million funding agreement to revitalise the Repat Health Precinct.



  • Updates

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    Concept Master Plan released

    The Concept Master Plan for reactivating the Repat site is now available.

    Dementia services, older persons’ mental health, specialised brain and spinal rehabilitation, care transition and surgical procedures will be offered at the Repat.

    Read more about the Concept Master Plan and provide your comments until Monday 25 February to Health.ReactivatingTheRepat@sa.gov.au

  • Updates

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    Repat Consultation Report released

    The Repat Consultation Report was released on Tuesday 30 October 2018.

    Read more about the Consultation Report.