Designs revealed for ‘home from home’ eating disorder facility

Design of Residential Facility for Eating Disorders ACT. Photo: ACT Government.

DESIGNS for the ACT Residential Center for Eating Disorders have been revealed, with a focus on creating a ‘home-like’ environment.

Mental Health Minister Emma Davidson unveiled plans for the Centre’s preferred site in Coombs last night (August 25).

Combes was chosen for its proximity to nature reserves, with a view of green spaces and a pond, but also in a residential setting, to ensure a calming environment with necessities nearby.

ACT Health officials and Minister Davidson visited Queensland’s Wandi Nerida Facility in July – an operational residential facility for eating disorders – to “draw on their knowledge of how best to support people in their recovery journey and begin the next stage of more detailed designs”.

Minister Davison said the Center will aim to provide specialist support for people with eating disorders, their families and carers on their recovery journey in a stepped model of care.

“The Center will provide a more intensive residential service to people who may be between low-level community care and acute clinical care.”

The establishment of the Center is supported by a Commonwealth Government commitment of $13.5 million over the years, with the first installment of funding expected in the 2021/22 financial year.

A development application is due later this year. If approved, the Center is expected to be completed in 2023/24.

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