Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct

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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.

In Delivering Transforming Health – Our Next Steps (PDF 1MB), the government committed to developing a new $15 million Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct, including a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder service, to replace the existing Ward 17 at the Repatriation General Hospital. The precinct, to be named The Jamie Larcombe Centre, will be established at Glenside Health Service Campus.

The new facility will be purpose built, incorporating the existing Intermediate Care Centre (ICC) building, and will include:

  • an ambulatory service incorporating outpatient treatment and a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service
  • 24 single rooms with ensuites
  • outpatient rooms
  • a gymnasium
  • research spaces
  • gardens
  • a children’s playground for families.

A Model of Care for Specialist Mental Health Services for Veterans (732KB) has been developed, outlining the services that will be provided at the Jamie Larcombe Centre and how these services will be delivered. The model of care builds on the existing model for Ward 17 at the Repatriation General Hospital, taking into consideration the wide range of services to be delivered at the precinct, and is based on evidence-based practice to ensure it will meet the needs of current and future Veterans. For more information, view the Consumer Guide (169KB) or watch the videos below.

The precinct will also include a Partnerships Hub, located in the heritage building adjacent to the new facility. The Hub will be a ‘one stop shop’; a place where Veterans, emergency services personnel who are experiencing PTSD, and their families can access information and services to support their individual needs.

The precinct is named after Sapper Jamie Ronald Larcombe, who was born in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. The name is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of Sapper Larcombe, who was killed in action on 19 February 2011. ‘The Jamie Larcombe Centre’ refers to the precinct as a whole. The remaining areas within the facility will be known by their functional names: Inpatient Ward, Outpatient Ward, Memorial Garden, and Hub.

Construction of The Jamie Larcombe Centre is expected to be completed by late 2017.

Planning for the Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct

In planning for the new Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct, the government has worked with the Veteran community, SA Health staff and interested parties on all aspects of the precinct’s design and function to ensure it will meet the current and future needs of Veterans.

An oversight panel and five working groups were established to plan the new facility. The working groups included: model of care, research, partnerships, memorialisation and building design.

Concept images

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Concept image – Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct

 

Concept image - Veterans' Mental Health Precinct

Concept image – Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct

 

Concept image - Veterans' Mental Health Precinct

Concept image – Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct

 

Concept image - Veterans' Mental Health Precinct

Concept image – Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct

Resources

Videos

The Jamie Larcombe Centre – Providing specialist mental health services for Veterans

The Jamie Larcombe Centre will provide treatment for a range of specialist mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct

Members of the oversight panel and workgroups talk about the new Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct to be developed at Glenside Health Service Campus.

Delivering Transforming Health – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Centre for Excellence

Expert Advisory Panel co-chairs, Associate Professor Susan Neuhaus and Professor Dorothy Keefe, talk about the process of deciding on Glenside Health Service Campus as the site for the new $15 million Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct. Throughout the process, the panel consulted with a broad range of health professionals, carers, consumers, emergency services professionals, the Veterans Advisory Council, the Veterans Health Advisory Council and members of the Veterans community.

Delivering Transforming Health – A Veteran’s Perspective

Brigadier Laurie Lewis, a Vietnam Veteran and the former chairman of the Repatriation General Hospital, talks about his experience working with the Centre for Excellence for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Expert Advisory Panel.

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