Community mental health support moves to the Repat

15.05.2019
Better Services

The Marshall Liberal Government is taking another key step towards reactivating and revitalising the Repat Health Precinct to provide state-of-the art mental health care services for older South Australians.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the Older Persons Mental Health Service (OPMHS) Southern Community Team will move to the Repat next week as part of the plan to co-locate the service with a dedicated specialised dementia village.   

“This community team works with about 130 consumers in southern Adelaide who need short or long-term care to manage a mental illness and maximise their quality of life in the community,” Minister Wade said.

“Moving this team into the Repat is another key step towards revitalising the health precinct as a hub for the specialised care of older mental health consumers, including those experiencing severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

“This is a major step towards developing a site of mental health care excellence at the Repat.

“By being on the site together with the planned dementia village, there will be opportunities for the team to provide specialised support to enhance the quality of care for these vulnerable consumers.

“We are investing in the revitalised Repat Health Precinct so that our vulnerable, older South Australians receive innovative, world-class care.”

The OPMHS Southern Community Team will shift into temporary premises at the Repat while refurbishments are finalised on a long-term space designed to meet the needs of consumers and staff.

OPMHS Southern Community Team, Head of Unit, Dr Michael Page, said there will be no disruption to services during the move from Springbank House to the Repat.

“We have made sure that our consumers and staff are fully aware of when the move is taking place and our services will continue uninterrupted during this time,” Dr Page said.

“We are looking forward to being part of the revitalised Repat Health Precinct and working alongside clinical staff in the future dementia village to support older people to optimise their mental health through dignified person-centred care.

“We will continue to provide high-quality mental health care to older consumers in the southern region to enhance their wellbeing and recovery from episodic and enduring mental illness.”

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