24/01/2020 | Stephen Wade MLC | More Jobs | Better Services

The Marshall Liberal Government continues to deliver on its election promise to reactivate the Repat - with today’s announcement that construction has begun on an Australian-first specialised unit to care for people living with the most extreme symptoms of dementia.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the neurobehavioural unit is part of a vision to improve services for South Australians while also creating more than 100 local jobs.

“In the shadow of Oakden, the Marshall Liberal Government made a clear commitment to develop the best possible facility for those people living with extreme symptoms of dementia,” Minister Wade said.

“The design of the facility had input from people with lived experience of dementia, bringing together families of past Oakden residents as well as carers of people living with dementia to improve services for residents with dementia and their loved ones.

“South Australian families voted for a Government committed to reactivating the Repat and that is exactly what we are delivering.

“The NBU will provide tailored and unique care for residents and also utilise digital technologies to ensure we meet the needs of residents across metropolitan Adelaide as well as rural and remote areas.”

The Marshall and Morrison governments have committed almost $110 million to rejuvenating the Repat site.

Walter Brooke Director, Necia Mickel, said the design of the facility was unique.

“Although the facility will be located within the renovated Ward 18 site at the Repat Health Precinct, the design is tailored to people living with dementia where the nature of their symptoms means residential aged care is not possible,” Ms Mickel said.

The renovations to create the NBU are the latest works as part of reactivating services on the Repat site.

The 18-bed NBU for South Australians living with the most extreme behavioural and psychological dementia symptoms will include videoconferencing and telehealth facilities so the expertise of staff can be easily shared with clinicians in regional and remote areas.

The NBU build will create dozens of local jobs and complement the new dementia village, which will be run by Hammond Care and create 120 South Australian jobs when completed.

The NBU will be located alongside a repurposed Ward 20, which will care for patients with both complex dementia with acute medical conditions, and HammondCare’s 78-bed dementia care facility.