Multipurpose hub opens in SA

ACH Group and partners have opened a new multimillion-dollar aged care, health, and education hub in South Australia.

A new multimillion-dollar aged care, health, and education hub has opened in South Australia.

Led by SA provider ACH Group – and located in Adelaide’s northern suburbs – Healthia features a state-of-the-art residential aged care home, and an all-purpose health clinic.

Sitting within the Playford Health and Wellbeing Precinct, the $40-million hub – announced in December 2021 – has been developed by ACH in partnership with the University of South Australia, the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, and the City of Playford.

The 96-bed residential aged care home is the first in Australia to introduce the US-founded Green House model of care, which supports residents to have increased input into their everyday living.

The site comprises of eight single-storey houses in a village setting. Each house features 12 self-contained resident rooms with ensuites; and an open plan living, kitchen and dining area.

Frank Weits

“We know most older people want to stay in their own homes, however, for many this is not possible due to increased health needs. What makes Healthia different is the person-directed care model and the unique built form.”

Which, added Mr Weits, “has taken into consideration what would be seen in someone’s own home to capture a homely environment and sense of familiarity for residents.”

The local health network will occupy 24 rooms within the care home to help transition older people from hospital to their own home or more suitable accommodation.

The co-located UniSA Health Clinic, meanwhile, will allow residents – and members of the local community – access to a general practitioner, a nurse and allied health support. Lower-cost student-assisted services will also be available.

“Nursing and allied health students will undertake placements in the residential care home and the clinic, providing them with vital practical learning experiences during their degree and preparing them for the health workforce,” said Professor Esther May – teaching and learning at UniSA.  

A portion of council-owned land was repurposed to accommodate the hub said City of Playford mayor Glenn Docherty. “This would enable our community to access a service that was identified as a need within the Playford Health and Wellbeing Precinct.”

Mr Docherty added: “The opening of Healthia marks a significant milestone and we look forward to continuing our partnership with ACH Group and other stakeholders to foster a thriving precinct.”

Healthia was officially opened on 20 September by SA’s Minister for Health and Wellbeing Chris Picton and ACH Group chair Mary Patetsos.

Main image L to R: ACH chair Mary Patetsos and SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing Chris Picton

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