The adolescent eating disorder program at Westmead Hospital has been operating since 1983 and offers a uniform and comprehensive approach to assessment and treatment of adolescents aged fourteen years and nine months till the end of high school.
The philosophy of the inpatient program is to provide a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment that enhances the opportunity for return to a healthy weight and healthy eating patterns within the context of individual, group and family support.
The program is supported by four adolescent physicians, clinical nurse consultant and experienced ward nursing staff, social worker, dietician, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapists and school teachers.
Cnr Hawkesbury Road and Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145
Patients must be aged between fourteen years nine months and eighteen years and still attending high school and have a diagnosis of an eating disorder.
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Referral for inpatient admission is made to the Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine during office hours (02 8890 6788) or via Westmead Hospital (02 8890 5555) to the on call Adolescent Medicine Consultant after hours. Where possible an initial assessment should be scheduled for the New Patient Eating Disorder Assessment Clinic at Westmead Hospital.
The Butterfly Foundation represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image – a person with the illness, their family and their friends.
Butterfly operates a National Helpline that includes support over the phone, via email and online. The Helpline is staffed by trained counsellors experienced in assisting with eating disorders and body image issues. They also provide a wide range of programs for service providers and recovery groups.
Hours of Operation
8:00am-midnight, 7 days a week
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith
HAES Australia Inc. is a non-profit member organisation which aims to:
- Support, connect and promote professionals, researchers and organisations in health, fitness and wellness fields who/which practise a weight-neutral, non-diet, client- centred approach to wellbeing aligned with the ‘Health at Every Size’ (‘HAES’) principles defined by the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH).
- Increase professional and public awareness of weight-neutral, non-diet, client-centred practice and research outcomes.
A list of verified HAES providers can be found here.
PO Box 201, Greenslopes QLD 4120
InsideOut is Australia’s national institute for research and clinical excellence in eating disorders. With resources, rigour and perseverance we aim to transform the treatment landscape for eating disorders in this country, and ultimately find a cure.
The Institute comprises a team of expert researchers, clinicians and public policy-makers dedicated to solving the tyranny of eating disorders.
Northside Group specialises in providing treatment for people suffering from a range of eating disorders. Typically developed during adolescence, eating disorders can progress and emerge into adulthood.
Their Eating Disorder Programs offer a high level of support to people living with an eating disorder to enhance motivation and develop skills, knowledge and resources to arrest unhelpful eating behaviours and attitudes and to continue the journey of recovery.
23-27 Lytton St, Wentworthville NSW 2145
Please contact the hospital prior to admission for an estimate of fees and charges. As it is an estimate only, in the event of unforeseen complications or variations from the proposed treatment the cost may vary.
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The Peter Beumont Eating Disorders Service at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is a public tertiary service for adults with eating disorders in New South Wales. These services offer a stepped model of care and include:
- Peter Beumont Unit – a nine-bed inpatient ward dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders. The inpatient program is focussed on medical stabilisation, psychiatric assessment, containment of eating disorder behaviours, nutritional rehabilitation, psychological therapy and functional recovery delivered in both individual and group modalities. As it is a gazetted unit, there is capacity to admit both voluntary and involuntary patients.
- Peter Beumont Day Program (formerly ‘Derwent House’) – day patient program providing six hours of intensive treatment for four days per week. The program consists of supervised and supported meals, evidence-based group therapy, individual care coordination and containment of eating disorder symptoms. The program offers both early intervention, and treatment for individuals with a well-established illness of longer duration.
- Eating Disorders Ambulatory Clinic – provides a consultative psychiatric and dietetic service of assessment and review for community mental health and primary care clinicians, operating on a shared care model.
5th Floor, Professor Marie Bashir Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, 67-73 Missenden Road, Camperdown NSW 2050
Clients must be a NSW resident, have a diagnosis of an eating disorder and be engaged with a GP who can be consulted on a regular basis. Further eligibility criteria are listed on the website.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 9.00am-4.00pm, excluding Public Holidays
Out of Area
To make a referral, access a referral package or for any enquiries please contact an intake clinician on 0484 346 291 between 12–4pm Monday to Friday.
Referral forms can also be accessed at https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/MentalHealth/services_eating.html.
Please fax referrals through to (02) 9515 1502.