The future of the Repatriation General Hospital site
The Repatriation General Hospital provides high quality services, but many of the current public hospital facilities are outdated and cannot provide all of the spaces, equipment and layout needed for modern medical treatments. In addition, best practice indicates that some services, such as rehabilitation services, should be co-located with acute medical services to ensure they can start as soon as the patient is ready.
Under Transforming Health, all services currently received by Veterans and the community, including all clinical and rehabilitation services currently provided at the Repatriation General Hospital, will continue at different locations across our metropolitan hospitals.
ACH Group recommended for future use of Repat site
The ACH Group has been selected as the preferred proponent for the future use of the Repatriation General Hospital site, following the withdrawal of the RSL consortium membership for RSL Repat Park.
In addition to ACH, the Open Daws consortium includes Adelaide Community Healthcare Alliance, Healthscope, Anglicare, Flinders University and RDNS.
The Open Daws submission proposes to develop an integrated health and housing precinct with a focus on ageing and teaching. Open Daws will invest $200 million into the redevelopment of the site over seven years and will be completed in 2024.
The ACH Group Open Daws submission has a strong community focus to best meet our requirements for the site through providing:
- health and aged care services including transition care and day hospital services
- rehabilitation services such as rehabilitation ambulatory care and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation
- facilities for education and training as well as an innovation hub
- residential accommodation for differing community groups.
The Open Daws master plan also incorporates additional services including:
- allied health services
- residential aged care
- affordable housing
- medical imaging
- pathology and pharmacy services.
A large component of Open Daws is three to five storey residential accommodation including:
- social and affordable housing
- ageing in place
- student housing
- independent living units; and
- Veteran’s services.
RSL SA will continue to work with ACH Group to ensure Open Daws has a strong Veterans presence including health and community services for Veterans on site.
The Chapel and Remembrance Gardens will be enhanced and the Veteran community will be engaged in a co-creation process for the future of the site.
ACH Group has a long history of working with and for the Veteran community, with the foundations of the organisation lying in the development of affordable housing for War Widows.
The Open Daws submission is committed to delivering a greater level of services to support people to live a good life and achieve healthy ageing and anticipates the following outcomes from their redevelopment of the site:
- Generate at least 250 ongoing health and ancillary job opportunities.
- More than 850 Flinders University students and an additional 50-100 teaching staff will participate in new models of service each year through an innovative inter-professional learning approach.
- When fully operational, it is expected Open Daws will inject an additional $20 million into the local and South Australian economies each year.
- School-to-work pathways will be established, particularly through TAFE, and local unemployed can gain valuable skills and insight into potential new careers in health and aged care.
- Up to 1,000 new jobs will be created over the delivery period.
Handover of the site is still expected to occur in late 2017 as previously announced.
The Open Daws submission was selected, based on the recommendation of an expert Evaluation Panel, which reviewed all submissions for the future use of the site.
On 21 April 2015, a Registration of Interest (ROI) process opened for private and non-government organisations to register their interest in alternative uses for the Repat site. Closing four weeks later on 22 May 2015, 30 registrations were received, mainly from health, aged care, education providers and community organisations.
Consultation with the community on the future of the Repat site occurred over three weeks, from 13 to 31 July 2015, through an online survey on YourSAy. During this period, 280 survey responses were received. Approximately 35 community members also provided feedback in person at an event held at the Mitcham Hawks Football Club on Friday 24 July 2015.
The Expression of Interest (EOI) for the future use of the Repatriation General Hospital site closed on 23 December 2015. SA Health received five submissions to the EOI of which three submissions aligned with the government’s announced objectives for the future use of the site and were subject to review by the nominated Evaluation Panel.
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