SA: new $14.7M facility to replace Oakden mental health wards

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The SA Govt has announced it will build a new facility for older people with severe dementia and mental health issues in Adelaide following recommendations from the Oakden review.

The funding includes $1M to develop a specialised contemporary model of care for the new facility which will cater for people assessed with the most severe forms of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

ACSA CEO Pat Sparrow has welcomed the decision, but warned any new facility must not “sit outside” the rest of the aged care sector.

“We also look forward to working with the SA Government on the development of the new state-wide model of care for the treatment of older people with severe mental illness and BPSD,” she said.

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