EndED facility to open
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.”