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19 September 2023

Please note the following updates:

- Spaces are still available for sessions this week including the online focus group - Friday 22 September 2023.

- Two additional days of consultation have been opened up on 27 and 28 September 2023 for one hour group or 30 min individual interviews.

- The Focus Group on 12 October 2023 has been cancelled, those who have enrolled will be offered an alternative time.

- More background details regarding the consultation are available in this news item.

You are invited to participate in a consultation to explore how the former SICC (Southern Intermediate Care Centre) may be best utilised to meet the mental health needs and expectations of the community living in the southern Adelaide metropolitan area.

Please find attached a SICC Consultation Brief which provides background on the consultation process and some options for consideration. Please note that a range of options are being considered, including in, no particular order: a refreshed intermediate care centre model, a lived experience-led centre, a therapy focus model, dual diagnosis centre and a youth sub-acute service or a multi-use alternative.

LELAN (the SA Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network) has been engaged by the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP) in collaboration with Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN), to lead a targeted consultation process to hear the perspectives, interests and priorities of different people on the potential future mental health use of the Southern Intermediate Care Centre (SICC) building.

You are invited to contribute via an online survey, by attending a focus group (face-to-face and online options available) or through arranging an online 1:1 or group interview with the LELAN team.

It is important that we hear from people who have had contact with the previous SICC, those who have a connection to mental health services in the South as service users, carers or service providers, and others who would like to contribute to exploring how it could be used in the future.

How to be involved in the Consultation

Online Survey: To contribute by completing the online survey, please follow the link,

Focus Groups: If you would like to contribute by attending a focus group, please register to attend at the following link

Online Interviews: If you would like to contribute but are unable to attend a focus group, you can book in a 30-minute online conversation at the following link

LELAN's role in this consultation is to hear from people, gather information and present what has been heard. Final decisions about the future use of the SICC lie with the SALHN Board and the Department of Health. This consultation seeks to identify the best mental health use for the building, but the decision-makers also need to consider non-mental health uses including the continuation of the current DHS arrangements of it being used as an NDIS transition service.

OCP is undertaking this work in its statutory role to promote continuous improvement in the organisation and delivery of mental health services in South Australia.

If you have any enquiries about the SICC consultation process, please reach out to LELAN by email at or the OCP at

SICC Consultation Brief