The State Government is reactivating the Repat as a thriving health precinct that delivers on the needs of the community. An essential component of the Repat site activation is the inclusion of services and support for the veterans’ community.
Thanks to an additional $5 million in Commonwealth funding, the Repat will be home to a dedicated Veteran Wellbeing Centre (Centre). The Centre aims to strengthen relationships, improve service coordination, advocacy and integrate health promotion activities, to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for our veterans and their families.
The development of the Centre will sit within a broader ‘Veterans’ Precinct’ at the Repat site, ensuring the Repat Chapel, Remembrance Gardens, Museum and SPF Hall are protected and preserved as community assets, acknowledging the history of the Repat site.
SA Health continues to engage with veterans and the veteran community to identify and understand the needs of veterans, develop an operational service model for the Centre and design a capital works program that will provide the infrastructure to support the establishment of an effective and sustainable service.
Veteran Wellbeing Centre Steering Committee
In consultation with the Veterans’ Health Advisory Council (VHAC), SA Health has established the Veteran Wellbeing Centre Steering Committee (Steering Committee) to provide advice and direction on the development and implementation of the service model, and to support the initial establishment phase of the Centre.
The Chair of the Steering Committee is the Presiding Member of VHAC, Geoff Tattersall, and the Steering Committee membership includes:
Deputy Presiding Member of VHAC, Ilona Horan.
Director, Veterans SA, Catherine Walsh.
Chief Executive Officer, RSL SA, David Grenvold.
Administration Manager, Plympton Veterans’ Centre, Bill Hignett.
Director, Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling (Central West), Marcus Schmidt
Director, Health Services Programs, Department for Health and Wellbeing, Penny Thyer
The Steering Committee held its first two meetings on Thursday 16 July 2020 and Thursday 10 September 2020.
Proposed Centre Concept and Fit-Out Plan
In May 2020, plans were finalised for the $60 million second phase of the Reactivating the Repat redevelopment, including the Veteran Wellbeing Centre, with the landmark project being approved by the Public Works Committee.
The Infrastructure team within the Department for Health and
Wellbeing has engaged with veterans and the veteran community to develop the
concept plans for the Centre, and the Steering Committee received a
presentation on the proposed plans at its meeting in July 2020. A working group
from the Steering Committee will now have a role in working directly with the
architect and engineers to determine the exact specifications of the build and
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