Skip to main content Clear Filters Yes Bathrooms Bedrooms Car parks Dementia Get directions Featured Zoom Back Article icon Facebook Twitter Play Facebook Twitter RSS Info Trending item Drop down Close Member area Search External link Email
Australia's number one aged care website. Over 7000 Profiles!

Regaining health and independence through ViTA

A new rehabilitation centre, which will support older South Australians to regain health and return to independent living, is now open.
The ViTA centre will provide health students with 'real world' educational experiences through clinical placements with patients and residents. (Source: Michael Mullan Photography).
The ViTA centre will provide health students with 'real world' educational experiences through clinical placements with patients and residents. (Source: Michael Mullan Photography).

The new state of the art centre, ViTA, which officially launched yesterday and joins health, aged care and education, is part of a progressive partnership between South Australian aged care provider, ACH Group, SA Health and Flinders University, with the support of the federal government.

Comprising long and short term, transitional care and rehabilitation places, ViTA aims to demonstrate innovation in a sector that is undergoing significant change.

Flinders University is responding to the need for more aged care professionals by producing a new cohort of highly skilled health graduates who are equipped to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving and growing aged care sector.

The $46 million ViTA facility will provide medical, nursing and allied health students with 'real world' educational experiences through interaction and clinical placements with patients and residents.

Professor Michael Barber, Flinders University Vice-Chancellor, says ViTA will provide exciting opportunities for the university to revolutionise traditional health education models.

The $46 million ViTA centre will have the capacity to accommodate up to 600 students a year and will facilitate team training for medical, nursing and
The university will offer a number of multidisciplinary teaching modules from the Flinders University Clinical Teaching and Education Centre (CTEC) at ViTA.

The centre will have the capacity to accommodate up to 600 students a year and will facilitate team training for medical, nursing and allied health students in the care of older people.

Professor Michael Kidd, executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, says the innovative, cutting edge technologies offered at ViTA are central to the advancement of health care education.

“CTEC will use simulation labs, robotic based therapies, audio visual networking capabilities and online module delivery to enrich the student experience,” Professor Kidd says.

“Teaching will be linked to a range of regional sites, including Darwin, Renmark and Mount Gambier, with the potential for links to overseas locations in the future,” he adds.

The ViTA centre, based at South Australia’s Repatriation General Hospital, comprises 120 private rooms:

  • 20 rehabilitation rooms – building physical strength, flexibility and mobility for a sustained return to good health and improved ability to attend to regular activities
  • 40 transitional care rooms – supporting older people to be discharged from hospital earlier and to take a proactive approach in their recovery to assure an earlier return to their homes and communities
  • 60 residential care rooms – these single private rooms with ensuite ensure your privacy, as well as a sense of personal space while in a supported environment where a healthy ageing approach is key

Find out more information about ViTA.

Comments

Subscribe to our Talking Aged Care newsletter to get our latest articles, delivered straight to your inbox

Recent articles

Have an aged care service you’d like to promote? Promote on Aged Care Guide