Re-activating
the Repat

Re-activating
the Repat

The Marshall Liberal Government tore up Labor’s contract to sell the Repat and has re-activated it as a thriving health precinct.

What we said we'd do

Ensure a health precinct is established on the site of the Repatriation General Hospital (Repat).

What we've done

The decision of the former Labor Government to sell the Repat was immediately reversed by the Marshall Liberal Government.

We scrapped their contract to sell off the site and, in partnership with the Federal Government, we are investing $125 million to re-activate the Repat as a thriving health precinct and a vital part of our current and future health system.

Dementia services, older persons’ mental health, specialised brain and spinal rehabilitation, and surgery are just some of the services that will be offered at the revitalised Repat Health Precinct.

Construction of new facilities is underway and there are new and additional services coming online in the meantime. The new Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre and a neuro-behavioural unit has opened its doors, we are establishing a statewide eating disorder service on the site, and we have re-opened the hydrotherapy pool.

The Repat also continues to be a vital part of South Australia’s world-leading COVID-19 response, providing a drive-through testing clinic and we have opened up extra beds at the site to ensure our health system continues to be COVID ready.

Our investment at the Repat is part of a record annual $7.4 billion investment in our state’s health system to fix ramping and deliver better healthcare for South Australians, closer to home.

What we'll do

A re-elected Marshall Liberal Government will deliver a brand-new, 24-bed Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) unit that will provide specialised, high-quality care to Older South Australians.

This will provide an appropriate service for older people in the area and will free up space at Flinders Medical Centre because older South Australians will be cared for at the Repat instead.

Patients will also receive better, more specialised care with the goal of GEM services being to assess the issues and establish a rehabilitation program to minimise the impacts of disability and reduce the need to seek residential care.

What it means for you

  • There are more beds and services available across our health system
  • Pressure on our emergency departments is reduced, fixing ramping and delivering better care, especially for those with dementia and mental health issues
  • You and your loved ones can get the healthcare you need, closer to home

Policy snapshot

  • We re-activated the Repat and are investing $125 million to reactivate it as a thriving health precinct.
  • Dementia, mental health, rehabilitation services and surgery are just some of the services that will be offered at this site.
  • Part of a record annual $7.4 billion investment in our state’s health system to fix ramping, ease pressure on emergency departments and deliver better healthcare, closer to home.
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The Marshall Liberal Government tore up Labor’s contract to sell the Repat and has re-activated it as a thriving health precinct.

The Marshall Liberal Government tore up Labor’s contract to sell the Repat and has re-activated it as a thriving health precinct.