Veterans’ Health Services
Under Transforming Health, the health system is being improved to ensure you have access to the best quality healthcare system into the future – a system that meets changing community needs and ensures patients get the most modern treatment with the best technology.
For Veterans, this means:
- A new $15 million Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct, to be named The Jamie Larcombe Centre, is being established at Glenside Health Service Campus
- Rehabilitation services will be integrated into hospitals across the metropolitan area, including a new rehabilitation centre which is being built at Flinders Medical Centre
- A new Palliative Care Centre will be built on level 5 of the new rehabilitation building at Flinders Medical Centre
Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct
A new Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct, named the Jamie Larcombe Centre, is being established at Glenside Health Service Campus as recommended by an Expert Advisory Panel, including clinicians, Veteran representatives, consumers and carers. This investment in Veterans’ mental health will ensure that all Veterans and service personnel – regardless of age, gender or service history – receive the best possible care for years to come.
The new precinct will ensure Veterans:
- receive care in a quiet and safe environment
- work with a team that understands them
- can spend time with family and friends in open areas.
The Centre will incorporate existing mental health services from the Repatriation General Hospital’s Ward 17 and provide Veterans and staff with modern facilities and equipment in the best possible health environment.
A Model of Care for Specialist Mental Health Services for Veterans (732KB) has been developed, building on the existing model for Ward 17, taking into consideration the wide range of services to be delivered at The Jamie Larcombe Centre. The model is designed to ensure that the services provided at the precinct meet the current and future needs of Veterans. For more information, view the Consumer Guide (169KB) or watch the Jamie Larcombe Centre video.
Mental health services
Mental health services for older people with acute mental health needs will be provided at Flinders Medical Centre in a new 30 bed building. There will be more direct admissions to beds and less time in emergency departments.
A new way to deliver rehabilitation
A new rehabilitation centre is being built at Flinders Medical Centre so patients have access to all of the services they need to get better in the one place. The new building will house the rehabilitation services currently provided at the Repatriation General Hospital, with 55 additional rehabilitation beds, new gyms and a hydrotherapy pool.
New location for palliative care services in the south
A new Palliative Care Unit is being built on level 5 of the new rehabilitation building at Flinders Medical Centre to provide patients and families with the most supportive environment possible.
The new Palliative Care Centre will offer families:
- privacy in their own room with ensuites
- shared spaces and a large rooftop garden
- easy access to other medical services
- space to express their grief with dignity.
The Centre will become the new home for Southern Adelaide Palliative Services.
Comprehensive surgical services
In the South, surgical services will be managed at Flinders Medical Centre and Noarlunga Hospital, with Flinders Medical Centre focusing on complex and multi-day surgery and Noarlunga Hospital focusing on elective day surgery.
Outpatient services currently provided at the Repatriation General Hospital will be relocated to other sites where inpatient or rehabilitation services are also provided for patients.
Transforming the Repat
The Repatriation General Hospital was established to care for Veterans after World War II. It provides high-quality services but many of the current facilities are outdated and cannot provide the spaces, equipment and layout needed for modern medical treatments.
Clinical services currently received by Veterans and the community at the Repat will continue at different locations across our metropolitan hospitals, including new purpose-built facilities to better meet the needs of patients.
The Chapel, Museum and the Remembrance Garden at the Repatriation General Hospital will be retained for their considerable significance, particularly to Veterans of World War II and their families. Orthotics and Prosthetics SA, the Flinders University Health Sciences building and the ViTA facility will also remain on site.
The State Government has committed to ensuring the Repat site continues to be used for health, aged care or community-related purposes. The State Government has committed to ensuring the Repat site continues to be used for health, aged care or community-related purposes.
The Open Daws submission has been selected as the successful proposal for the future use of the Repatriation General Hospital.
For more information
- Veteran’s Mental Health Precinct – Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 196KB)
- Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct fact sheet (PDF 396KB)