Hydrotherapy Pool Services

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will invest in prevention services such as hydrotherapy to improve health outcomes and help people avoid the need for hospitalisation in the first place.

The Problem

Hydrotherapy pool services are important in helping people to manage chronic conditions and as a preventative health measure. They are used by hospital inpatients and outpatients alike.

However, the Weatherill Government’s failed Transforming Health experiment has slashed the availability of hydrotherapy services in the southern suburbs.

The Repatriation General Hospital (Repat) pool closed in mid-October 2017. The popular Flinders Medical Centre pool (FMC) has been replaced by a new facility with limited access.

SA Health announced that the new pool would be available primarily for acute patients. The number of outpatient sessions have been significantly reduced - reportedly, there are now half as many pool sessions available as needed.

By closing the Repat and reducing availability at FMC, the government is depriving many self-help users in the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network of access to vital rehabilitation services.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will invest in prevention services such as hydrotherapy to improve health outcomes and help people avoid the need for hospitalisation in the first place.

A Marshall Government will retain the Repat site as a health precinct and preserve its substantial, quality health facilities. This will include maintaining the hydrotherapy pool for thousands of people in southern Adelaide who are managing chronic conditions and undertaking rehabilitation.

In the meantime, we call on the Weatherill Government to:

  • keep the existing hydrotherapy pool at FMC operating until the future of the Repat hydrotherapy pool is clarified
  • stop the sale of the Repat until the continued operation of its hydrotherapy pool is assured.

Part of our plan for SA