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Joseph (Joe) McDonald has been
appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer
for the Southern Adelaide Local Health
Based at the Repatriation General Hospital,
he will have responsibility for the day-to-
day operations of the Repat and Noarlunga
Joe is originally from Scotland, but relocated
to South Australia nine months ago from
New Zealand, where he was employed
as an Associate Director of Nursing in the
Medical, Cancer and Community Services
Directorate at Wellington Regional Hospital
for the Capital Coast District Health Board.
More recently he has been employed as a
Senior Nursing and Midwifery Policy Advisor
in the Nursing and Midwifery Office for the
Department for Health and Ageing in South
Joe is a registered nurse with 20 years'
experience in the medical, perioperative and
surgical settings as a clinician, leader and
The Southern Adelaide Local Health
Network (SALHN) has welcomed Nicole
Keller as its new Manager of Service
Planning and Primary Health.
Nicole brings valuable experience in health
and human service areas, including primary
health, mental health, rural health and
Nicole has a professional background as
an occupational therapist and has most
recently come to SALHN via the Country
Health SA Local Health Network and private
consultancy where she focussed on service
planning and design, program evaluation
in education and human service sectors,
along with professional coaching and
clinical supervision for senior occupational
therapists and other health service
Pictured above is local history bu Paul Kain.
Pictured left is a small section of the Bedford Park
Tuberculosis Sanatorium, which stood on the
site now occupied by Flinders Medical Centre.
Ex-serviceman Mark Reidy is taking to
his bike for the Ride4Repat event next
month to honour a fallen mate -- and
raise awareness of modern veterans
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Mark, who served with the Australian Army for
17 years in Bougainville, East Timor, the Solomon
Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan, says he will again
be riding in honour of his mate Mathew Locke,
who was killed in action in Afghanistan.
Doing it for a mate -- Ride4Repat
Local history bu
unravels past of
BY JACQUIE VAN SANTEN
For years, former Flinders Medical
Centre employee Paul Kain has been
digging around for historical clues
about the FMC site, which he says once
housed a tuberculosis sanatorium and
later a teenage reformatory.
Like a detective on the scent of a crime, Paul Kain
has left no stone unturned as he unravels the
history of the Flinders Medical Centre site.
What Paul has uncovered is a story rich in history,
drama, death and disease.
Paul says the exact site of Flinders Medical Centre
not only housed a tuberculosis sanatorium -- but
it was later used to house unruly teenagers in
trouble with the law.
What is known is that in 1913, the South
Australian Government purchased 400 acres in
Bedford Park to build a tuberculosis sanatorium
for returning World War 1 soldiers. By 1924, the
sanatorium was a self-supporting farm with
orchards, pigs, chickens and grain fields and
had expanded to 74 beds.
It's here that the story becomes a little
ambiguous, with some historical sources
claiming the sanatorium was demolished to
make way for Flinders University of South
However, Paul steadfastly believes it was
demolished to make way for Flinders Medical
Centre -- not the university.
"Over the years I have spoken to people who
were hospitalised in the sanatorium or knew of
the sanatorium and I have read many historical
accounts -- and I've pieced all the information
together with many, many photographs - and
it's clear to me that the sanatorium was built on
the hospital site."
Paul says the sanatorium was operational until
1961, when it became a 'youth reformatory'.
The reformatory closed in 1965 and excavation
work began on Flinders Medical Centre in 1972.
In 1976, FMC admitted its first patient.
"The history of Flinders Medical Centre is
fascinating and is deserves to be preserved,"
said Paul, who is now retired and living in
He will make the 929km ride from Repatriation
General Hospital to Mount Gambier and back
between Sunday March 30 and Friday April 5 --
averaging 130km a day.
To donate to the cause, contact Cassandra
Douglas on Cassandra.email@example.com.
au or 8275 1039. Funds raised will go towards
the Daw Park Hospice Foundation and The
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