Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence (Bulli ACCE)



ASMOF is advised that the Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence (Bulli ACCE) Project is an innovative collaboration between ISLHD and IRT – one of Australia’s largest community based senior’s lifestyle and care providers, as seen here: https://www.irt.org.au/

The Bulli ACCE will be built opposite the existing Bulli Hospital and intended to deliver:

  • 60 aged care beds managed by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • 60 residential care suites managed by IRT
  • an Urgent Primary Care Centre that will continue to provide medical services for Northern Illawarra residents and visitors who present with minor illnesses and injuries between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
  • ambulatory care services including medical, nursing and allied health outpatient services
  • on site clinical support services including medical imaging, pathology and pharmacy
  • a range of non-clinical support services including food and nutrition, cleaning and asset maintenance.

We understand the Aged Care Centre of Excellence will bring a range of aged care expertise into a single hub. It will allow the delivery of services and sharing of knowledge between different aspects of the aged care system to be fully integrated. This fit for purpose facility will include dementia friendly contemporary design principles, which will significantly enhance patient care.

Once complete, the Bulli ACCE will be operated by the ISLHD, the not-for-profit residential care facility will be run by IRT a community-owned organisation. Both the ISLHD and IRT will work together under an integrated model of care to provide the best outcome for the community.

The ISLHD have confirmed that it is not a private-public partnership (PPP), instead two totally different organisations just occupying the same site. ASMOF is yet to receive the proposed model of care (prior to implementation), which we will also circulate to our members for comments or feedback.

ASMOF has also been informed that:

  • Bulli ACCE and IRT will be separate facilities, where staff will not be rotated and NSW Health staff will remain employed as NSW Health and IRT will manage their own staff for their facility;
  • If IRT clients are hospitalised, they will be admitted as public patients;
  • NSW Health and IRT may share procurement (e.g. linen services or purchases of certain hospital supplies like toilet paper) however this is still yet to be determined;
  • NSW Health public patients may utilise some of IRT’s services such as their therapeutic gardens or diversional therapist activities.

For additional information on Bulli ACCE please see attached Staff Newsletter and following link https://www.islhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Capital_Works/Bulli_Aged_Care/

ASMOF will also be provided with regular updates on the Bulli ACCE, which will be provided when received.

Please contact Kerrie Seymour on kerries@asmof.org.au with any queries regarding Bulli ACCE.