The Marshall Liberal Government is inviting South Australians to have their say on what type of health care services they would like to see on the reactivated Repatriation General Hospital site at Daw Park.
Reactivating the Repat was a principal plank of the Liberal Party’s election policy and this consultation process will help shape the future uses of this important health precinct.
The Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade kicks off the consultation process today - at a staff forum at Flinders Medical Centre this morning and at a community consultation event at Tonsley this evening.
Minister Wade said the Repat site is a vital part of South Australia’s health infrastructure and the community will play a vital part in the reactivation of this iconic site.
“The Marshall Government is committed to a thriving health precinct at the Repat site and we’ll be working with the local community, clinicians and stakeholders to collectively determine the best use for the site,” Minister Wade said.
“Following initial consultation with key community groups and clinicians, three concepts have been developed for everyone to consider and provide feedback on.
“Each of the concepts has a particular focus on the type of services that could be provided, including multi-day surgery, rehabilitation services or care transition services.
“However, these concepts are only indicative of the types of services that could work on the site, and we want to hear from the community about which services they think would best support the health system and most benefit the community.”
There is also the capacity for the community to contribute to the public consultation process online at www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/repat.
In parallel with the public consultation, the State Government will also launch an Expression of Interest process to enable NGOs and private providers to discuss potential options for partnering to deliver health and related services on the site.
Following consultation, the State Government will collate feedback and responses to form a Final 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,” Minister Wade said.
“We already have some services operating within the site, including the recently re-opened hydrotherapy pool and a 20 bed sub-acute ward for rehabilitation patients within the ACH operated VITA precinct.
The consultation will close on 16 September 2018.
For more information about the future of the Repat site, please visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/repat.