New Older Persons Mental Health Service to be built at Flinders Medical Centre

18 November 2015

The Older Persons Mental Health Service located at the Repatriation General Hospital will transition to Flinders Medical Centre by 2017.

A project oversight group is working closely with the architects on the new service design. The group is chaired by the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Director of Mental Health Strategic Operations and includes the Clinical Director of the Older Persons Mental Health Service, Service Manager and Clinical Service Consultant.

The new service will replace Ward 18, the current Older Persons Mental Health Unit at the Repatriation General Hospital. The new service will improve on the existing design while maintaining many of the original design concepts that allow for high levels of observation and purpose designed bedrooms and bathrooms.

The project has used the Design in Mental Health Concepts and Better Mental Health Bedrooms initiatives, which outline best practice for mental health design including making sure inpatient spaces are homely and non-stigmatised.

More activity space for therapy has also been incorporated, as well as enhanced outdoor space and extra kitchen and refreshment areas to support consumer independence.

Consumers and carers have also provided input into the design, including colour schemes, bedroom and bathroom designs, garden and outdoor environments, and the layout for communal spaces such as the lounge and dining room.

The new building aims to encourage mental wellness and will be progressive in reducing the stigma and discrimination that is often associated with mental health services.