Framework for Veterans Healthcare 2016-2020
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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.
From 1 June 2021, services start to gradually transition to the Centre, delivering health and wellbeing services to assist veterans and their families to transition successfully to civilian life, including advocacy, education, skills and employment, and housing and accommodation support.
The Centre will provide a safe and welcoming environment in which veterans and their families can access services and feel confident in seeking the support they need to improve their health and wellbeing.
Most services are appointment-based and Veterans and their families should continue to contact each of the four anchor tenants directly to arrange services and make appointments.
The development of the Wellbeing Centre sits 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. See the site maps below for the location of the Centre.
The State Government aspires to have a community of veterans and their families having the support they need to live the best possible life, during and beyond service.
The veterans’ mental health precinct located at Glenside Health Service Campus, the Jamie Larcombe Centre and the Partnerships Hub, closely align with the objectives of the Repat Wellbeing Centre in supporting veterans and families.
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 Department for Health and Wellbeing has engaged with veterans and the veteran community to develop the concept plans and fit-out specifications for the Centre and broader precinct.
It includes consulting rooms for direct service provision to veterans and their families, a welcoming foyer, front desk, an informal lounge area and somewhere to easily seek information and connect with organisations.
The refurbished SPF Hall will provide veterans and the veteran community with a unique, historically significant and dedicated group meeting space that can accommodate large groups of people for a large range of activities, including presentations, seminars, workshops, group therapy sessions, community development activities and other events.
A new Town Square in the heart of the Repat Health Precinct will provide a focal point to ensure services at the Repat are connected through a central hub, providing spaces for patients to interact with their families and carers in a park-like environment. The Town Square will include a café, activity hub and inclusive playground in open green spaces for use by veterans and their families, patrons of the Repat Health Precinct and the general public.
Four well-established veteran organisations have been selected as 'anchor tenants' at the Centre.
These organisations will maintain a structured, ongoing presence at the Centre and have significant experience in delivering essential services including accredited veteran wellbeing and compensation advocacy services; mental health assessment and clinical counselling; employment, education and social connection programs and health and wellbeing services.
An Expression of Interest (PDF 1MB) was released in December 2020 for other organisations to register their interest in supplying services to veterans and the veteran community, within or in partnership with the Centre.
This could include using the Centre on a casual basis, establishing referral pathways or using the surrounding facilities including theSPF Hall and otherRepat Health Precinct assets.
Please note the Expression of Interest remains open for organisations to register their interest as the Veteran Wellbeing Centre develops over the coming year. A response template (PDF 528KB) to assist organisations in participating.Terms and Conditions (PDF 91KB) are provided for information.
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:
Here are the Terms of Reference (PDF 342KB) for the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee held its first two meetings on Thursday 16 July 2020 and Thursday 10 September 2020.
The Veteran Wellbeing Centre Steering Committee developed and endorsed a strategic framework for the Centre, which will guide all providers towards a common purpose.
The draft Operational Service Model (PDF 547KB) for the Centre is a working document which describes the key components required to establish the Centre, including:
The draft Operational Service Model will develop and evolve over time as organisations are engaged to provide services.
For more information about theRepat site visit theReactivating the Repat page.