Reactivation of the Repat update

02 Dec 2019 speech

Ms FLINT (Boothby—Government Whip) (13:49): Sunday 24 November saw another significant milestone in the reactivation of the Repat hospital site in my electorate of Boothby. On the 24th I joined Premier Steven Marshall, Health Minister Stephen Wade and my state colleagues Sam Duluk MP and Carolyn Power MP at the Repat to announce a landmark partnership with nationally respected aged-care provider HammondCare to deliver a brand new fit-for-purpose 78-bed dementia care facility on the site. Residents living at the site will receive care tailored to their individual needs, restoring confidence for families that their loved ones are safe and receiving the careful attention they deserve. This project represents a multimillion dollar investment in caring for people with dementia, which will also provide 120 jobs for South Australians.

I'm proud that the Morrison government is investing more than $40 million to help create an innovative health precinct at the Repat site and will also feature in this important partnership with HammondCare through the Commonwealth Specialist Dementia Care Program. I recognise Alma Krecu and Barb Spriggs, who have been instrumental in advocating for better patient care as a result of their own heartbreaking family experiences at Oakden under the former state Labor government. Never again will our vulnerable older Australians be out of sight or out of mind like they were at Oakden, and this announcement is another significant step towards ensuring that. I am so proud that the Morrison and Marshall Liberal governments are working together for the very best health care for my local community.