EndED fa­cil­ity to open

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

PA­TIENTS with eat­ing disor­ders will be able to ac­cess “life-chang­ing” treat­ment on the Sun­shine Coast by 2020 in an Aus­tralian-first fa­cil­ity.

Joint ven­ture endED But­ter­fly House has been pro­vided with $1.5 mil­lion from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to cre­ate a spe­cial­ist cen­tre.

The new Mooloolah Val­ley cen­tre will help hun­dreds of pa­tients on their road to re­cov­ery.

Min­is­ter for Health Greg Hunt said the Sun­shine Coast had a par­tic­u­larly high rate of peo­ple with eat­ing disor­ders and a sub­stan­tial need for ser­vices.

“This cen­tre will pro­vide spe­cial­ist care to hun­dreds of peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing eat­ing disor­ders, through in-pa­tient and best-prac­tice treat­ment pro­grams,” Mr Hunt said.

“It will ad­vance the way eat­ing disor­ders are di­ag­nosed and treated, pro­vid­ing 24/7 in­ten­sive care and sup­port as well as train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and ad­vo­cacy at the 12-bed fa­cil­ity.

“It will also in­clude rooms for re­cre­ation, fam­ily ther­apy and group ther­apy.”

EndED founder Mark Forbes said it would make an “his­toric” dif­fer­ence.

“My wife and I have been on this jour­ney for a num­ber of years with our own fam­ily,” Mr Forbes said.

“We know what is avail­able and what isn’t. This is go­ing to change lives.”

Mem­ber for Fisher An­drew Wal­lace said eat­ing disor­ders can be dev­as­tat­ing, par­tic­u­larly to body im­age, con­fi­dence, men­tal health and over­all health.

“Many suf­fer in si­lence with only 25 per cent of peo­ple with eat­ing disor­ders thought to be di­ag­nosed,” Mr Wal­lace said.

“The cen­tre will be es­tab­lished in the Mooloolah Val­ley, which has been specif­i­cally cho­sen for its ru­ral lo­ca­tion.

“It will pro­vide a peace­ful and home-like en­vi­ron­ment for the res­i­den­tial cen­tre, which will op­er­ate as a not-for-profit fa­cil­ity.”

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