The Jamie Larcombe Centre – Veterans mental health precinct
The Jamie Larcombe Centre is a new $15 million Veterans’ mental health precinct located at Glenside Health Service Campus, providing mental health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) services to Veterans.
The Centre has been purpose built to accommodate services previously provided by Ward 17 at the Repatriation General Hospital.
The Centre was officially opened on Thursday 5 October 2017 by the Larcombe family, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister for Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Final building fit out and landscaping will occur during October, with services and patients transitioning from the Repatriation General Hospital to the Jamie Larcombe Centre by November 2017.
The Centre includes:
- an ambulatory service incorporating outpatient treatment and a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service
- 24 single rooms with ensuites
- outpatient rooms
- a gymnasium
- research spaces
- a children’s playground for families
About Jamie Larcombe
Jamie Ronald Larcombe was born on 14 September, 1989 at Kingscote Hospital on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. He grew up in Parndana where he attended the Parndana Area School graduating in 2007. Parndana was established as a soldier settlement after World War II and features the Soldier Settlement Museum.
Jamie was a community-minded person, a CFS volunteer and played sport for his local footy club, Western Districts. A fanatical Crows supporter, a keen fisherman who was frequently seasick, he lived by the motto “Give it a Go.”
His hero was Crows’ legend Andrew McLeod. Jamie wore Andrew’s number 23 when playing for the Western Districts Football Club. He admired Ned Kelly which may explain his rascal like and often cheeky behaviour.
He loved motor sports, action films and music. Growing up, he rode motorbikes, hunted, played football and hung out with a crowd of firm friends.
Jamie was a dedicated brother and a loving son. But his life ambition was to service his country.
Jamie joined the Army in 2008 and successfully complete his recruit and combat engineer basic training prior to being posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment based in Darwin.
Described by his army mates as dependable and genuine, his country upbringing instilled a wisdom that was respected.
During his service Jamie was deployed on Operation PADANG ASSIST following the earthquake in Indonesia in 2009 and on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan from October 2010 until he was killed in action on 19 February 2011.
Sapper Jamie Larcombe has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp: International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal with Clasp: Afghanistan, and the Army Combat Badge.
On 5 October 2017, Sapper Jamie Larcombe’s service, and sacrifice of Jamie’s parents Steven and Tricia, and three younger sisters, Annmarie, Emily and April, was honoured by naming the South Australia’s new veterans’ mental health facility The Jamie Larcombe Centre.