IRT Group has welcomed the turning of the first sod of the $50 million Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence in the Northern Illawarra.

Acting Chief Executive, Sam McFarlane joined Professor Denis King OAM, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board Chair and Gareth Ward MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra to turn the first sod on the joint development today.

“IRT is delighted to collaborate with the NSW Government to develop and deliver the Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence,” Mr McFarlane said.

“Today marks our return to IRT’s ‘spiritual home’ at Bulli Hospital, where Medical Superintendent Dr Max Diment decided to create a community-owned organisation to provide better housing and care solutions for older people.

“Almost 50 years later, our purpose remains the same — to improve the lives of older people — and that’s exactly what the Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence will do.”

Artist's impression of the Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence
Artist's impression of the Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence

The Centre will include a 60-suite IRT Care Centre co-located with a 60-bed public hospital specialising in geriatric medicine. Residents and patients will be supported by a variety of allied health professionals and after-hours care, including an urgent care centre.

Mr McFarlane said the development aimed to reduce the need for hospitalisation of Care Centre residents and enable more people to fulfil their wish to die at home in their Care Centre Community.

“Residents of the Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence will be less likely to require hospitalisation as they’ll have access to expert allied health care from the neighbouring hospital,” he said.

Hospital patients will also benefit from direct discharge into the IRT Care Centre, should they wish to, easing their transition into residential aged care.

Mr McFarlane said that joint education and training, and knowledge-sharing between IRT and NSW Health will make the Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence a workplace-of-choice for aged care and health professionals.

IRT is contributing over $16 million to the development and expects to employ around 65 people in its Care Centre by 2019. 

Thursday 5 October 2017

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