The announcement of a new world-class facility for South Australians suffering from eating disorders is very exciting and welcome news.

The new Statewide Eating Disorder Service building, to be situated on the former Repatriation General Hospital site, will create a centre for excellence in eating disorder services.

Our interest in this important facility started about 5 years ago with our support for a vision for a South Australia with effective and holistic treatments for people with eating disorders. We hope that our initial investment in the project back then helped to kick-start the realisation of this shared vision. We’re also pleased to see that the Federal and State Governments have since backed this important project.

The fact that the specialised centre will be purpose-built and also encompass research is a win for every person who battles with an eating disorder.

John Mannion is the Executive Director of the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation, which has championed the project. John says the new centre will allow opportunities that have not been possible in SEDS’ current building in Brighton, including providing step-down residential day therapy services to help patients with eating disorders to integrate into the community, and housing a world leading research team, he says.

‘The new dedicated research space will also allow researchers to tackle eating disorders from every angle and really make strides in stopping this disease which has for too long been so devastating for sufferers and their families,’ John says.

The new building will also feature:

  • Day support for people living with eating disorders
  • Step-down residential care services supporting patients to reintegrate into the community
  • Large therapy rooms to support the delivery of family-based therapy and day program models.
  • Courtyard gardens to encourage contact with the outdoors.
  • Purpose-designed kitchens and dining rooms to minimise distress to patients and families during personalised therapy.

We hope that this new centre and all that it encompasses will provide help and hope for the many South Australians living with an eating disorder.