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Fallen SA soldiers recognised at $15 million veterans’ mental health precinct

Tuesday 31 May, 2016

Source: Brad Crouch, courtesy The Advertiser.


JAMIE Larcombe was a loving partner, brother, fanatical Crows supporter and a keen fisherman who always got seasick.

The Kangaroo Islander joined the Army in 2008 and became a Sapper in the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment.

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But in February, 2011, he was tragically killed on duty in Afghanistan.

He was 21 years old.

His name is on a shortlist of 13 people — including three women — who served in wars since World War I, to adorn the new $15 million veterans’ mental health precinct at Glenside.

The facility will have buildings, wards and a memorial garden named after war heroes and respected defence force figures. The precinct itself will also be named in honour of an admired military figure.

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Artist’s impression of the new veterans’ mental health centre at Glenside.

Others among the shortlisted names are nurse Vivian Bullwinkel, indigenous serviceman Arthur Walker who fought at Gallipoli and was killed on the Western Front and brothers Geoffrey and Lionel Matthews. Lionel was executed by the Japanese while a Prisoner of War in World War II.

Consultation on proposed names will start with the veterans community, led by the Veterans Advisory Council, and additional names can be added to the list.

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The names have been assessed against stringent selection criteria and represent individuals with a link to South Australia who have demonstrated bravery, leadership, resilience and compassion.

Consultation continues until July 1, with veterans and veterans’ groups encouraged to provide feedback.

Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Leesa Vlahos said the list was developed by the Memorialisation Workgroup, one of five workgroups responsible for the transition of Ward 17 from the Repatriation General Hospital to Glenside Health Services Campus.

“This consultation will provide veterans and veteran groups with an important opportunity to have their say on what this state of the art mental health facility will be referred to for years to come, Ms Vlahos said.

“Veterans have been involved in every aspect of the planning for the new mental health precinct at Glenside, and we want to ensure this continues so that it truly reflects the needs of the veteran community.”
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Veterans Advisory Council executive office Robert Manton said the 13 names selected reflected the diversity of those who have served our country.

“They have been chosen for their relevance to all veterans,” he said.

“I encourage all veterans to provide feedback about the proposed names, or suggest alternatives, to ensure the name of the precinct, and areas within the precinct, are representative of the veteran community.”

Concept plans for the new veterans’ mental health facility at Glenside Health Service Campus were finalised in April.

The new precinct will include a 24-bed inpatient facility in addition to outpatient services, memorial gardens and a separate building for ex-service organisations that provide advocacy and support services to veterans and their families.

Construction is expected to commence later this year and to be completed within 12 months.

Feedback can be made via the Veterans SA website at http://veteranssa.sa.gov.au/2016/05/veterans-mental-health-precinct/

 


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