New Eating Disorder Centre for Sunshine Coast
Australians experiencing an eating disorder will soon have greater access to support, with the commencement of construction of the country’s first residential treatment centre at Mooloolah Valley on the Sunshine Coast.
Around one million Australians have an eating disorder, but it is thought about 90 per cent of those do not receive evidence-based treatment.
Eating disorders are extremely complex illnesses, and have one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric illness - with anorexia by far the deadliest mental health condition in Australia. Treatment requires intensive wrap-around support, and residential centres are essential to deliver this care.
The new facility – named endED Butterfly House - will provide accommodation and 24/7 intensive care for up to 12 patients at any one time. The centre is the result of a joint trust partnership between Australia’s peak eating disorder support and treatment organisation, the Butterfly Foundation, and endED, a Queensland-based eating disorder group.
Situated in a peaceful rural setting, the centre will be a communal complex that includes a treatment facility, amenities for cooking, relaxation, fitness rooms and therapy rooms.
The Morrison Government has provided funding of $6 million for the construction of, and provision of services at, the centre.
Providing patients with access to appropriate support and services is an issue of national importance and priority.
It is a key part of our Long Term National Health Plan to build a mentally and physically healthy Australia over the next 10 years.
The Morrison Government has been the first to recognise and address the devastating impact of eating disorders.
The Government is supporting people with eating disorders through a number of important ways, most significantly through Medicare and the establishment of new on-the-ground community-based residential eating disorder treatment centres around Australia.
More than $110 million will fund Australia’s first dedicated Medicare service for patients with eating disorders.
The Morrison Government has made mental health one of its main priorities and has dramatically boosted funding to protect and maintain the mental wellbeing of all Australians.