Oakden Older Person’s Mental Health Service To Be Decommissioned

Oakden Older Person’s Mental Health Service To Be Decommissioned

South Australia Minister for Mental Health Peter Malinauskas

Oakden Decommissioning To Begin Next Week

Victor P Taffa

Final residents at the Oakden Older Person’s Mental Health Service will be transitioned to Northgate House today, with the process of decommissioning the site to begin next week.

“An important milestone has been reached today, with the final 2 residents leaving Oakden ahead of the start of the decommissioning process.” Minister for Mental Health Peter Malinauskas said.

“These residents are some of our state’s most vulnerable people, and deserve to have safe, modern and appropriate mental health care facilities.”

Closure of Clements House follows the June closure of the Makk and McLeay wards, with residents transitioned to the refurbished Northgate House and other care providers.

In-line with the recommendations of the Chief Psychiatrist’s Report, a specialised contemporary model of care is being developed and a scoping study is underway to determine the site and design of the new $14.7 Million aged mental health care facility.

Background

Since the beginning of this year, a transition team has worked to re-locate residents to suitable residential aged care facilities, Northgate House or other appropriate mental health facilities.

State Government accepted all 6 recommendations in the Chief Psychiatrist’s Report and committed to closing Oakden by the end of this year.