More for the South

Southern Health Expansion Plan

The $86 million Southern Health Expansion Plan was a series of service moves aimed at boosting health services in Southern Adelaide, that includes:

  • The redevelopment of the Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department (FMC ED) including a negative pressure resuscitation bay, a new Paediatric Emergency Department, Ambulatory Adult Area and a time-critical resuscitation bay. 
  • A purpose-built 12-bed Specialised Advanced Dementia Unit (SADU) at the Repat Health Precinct for patients with dementia and complex care needs.
  • An acute ward from FMC transferred to a new 24 bed general medical ward at Noarlunga Hospital, increasing the capacity for patients to be treated onsite and closer to home and reducing the number of patients needing transfer to FMC.
  • Increasing the clinical capacity of Noarlunga Hospitals with a new arthroplasty operating theatre.

Reactivating the Repat

The State Government is Reactivating the Repat and returning the site to a thriving health precinct, including:

  • surgical facility to increase surgical capacity for public patients across South Australia’s health network.
  • Step down transitional accommodation to support people with brain injury and spinal cord injury transition from acute rehabilitation back into the community.
  • Dementia Care Village in partnership with HammondCare.
  • 18 bed Neuro-Behavioural Unit for people whose behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia mean their needs can’t be met in mainstream residential care.
  • 12 bed Specialist Advanced Dementia Unit for people living with advanced dementia.
  • 26 bed care transition facility for people transitioning to home or an aged care facility following acute care treatment.
  • 24 bed Brain Injury Rehabilitation and 24 bed Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation facility.
  • Veterans' Wellbeing Centre to provide services and support for veterans and their families.
  • Town square community hub and open outdoor flexible space, including a new wheelchair sports stadium.
  • New home for the Southern Older Persons Community Mental Health Service.
  • New facility for Statewide Eating Disorder Services, including a residential facility.
  • Re-opened the hydrotherapy pool.
  • Secured 40 beds already operating – 20 beds in rehab building (to be relocated to new 26 bed transition care facility) and 20 beds in the VITA Precinct.
  • Ensuring the Repat Chapel, Remembrance Gardens, Museum and SPF Hall will be protected and preserved as community assets for future generations.


In a first for South Australia and in partnership with SA Ambulance Service (SAAS), the Complex and RestorativE (CARE) service transforms how non-emergency care can be delivered to older people in our community.

The CARE service, staffed by specialist geriatric, nursing and allied health staff, has been specifically designed to improve care for older patients by providing alternative treatment pathways to Emergency Departments (ED) where emergency care is not required.

SAAS and SALHN clinicians will collaboratively triage patients who call Triple 0 for help, offering them the services of the CARE team if appropriate.

The CARE team can deliver same day hospital level care to older people, either in their homes or at the CARE centre based at the Repat Health Precinct.


The new Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM)@Home service provides sub-acute hospital level care, goal directed therapy, and support to older people in the comfort of their own home.

Delivered by a specialist team of Geriatricians, Nurses and Allied Health geriatric specialists based at the Repat Health Precinct, the service has an in reach and outreach component designed for older consumers with complex medical, function and/or psychosocial needs.

GEM@Home will use the latest digital enhancements in health care to allow for better visibility and greater understanding of patient’s health care needs. The new technology includes biometric kits for clinicians to be able to monitor vital signs and devices that can be installed within the home to minimise harm and prevent incidents such as falls.