Getting help: Eating disorder services in New Zealand
In New Zealand, Eating Disorder treatment is provided by a range of providers – public, private, specialist and general, in-patient or day based. Finding the right treatment for your child or loved one usually starts with a visit to a GP. They will be able to refer you to the appropriate service, and treatment will follow from there.
These treatment providers are available nationwide:
Community Mental Health Services
This is the first level of Eating Disorder treatment in some centres. In others you will be referred directly to the Eating Disorder Service. You will need a referral from a GP to get an appointment, but you can phone the community health team to find out more about timing and treatment options. If you're very concerned about your loved one, call the crisis line for immediate assistance.
Crisis 24 Hour Answer Services- 0800 800 717
Specialist Eating Disorder Services
Specialist Clinics are located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. There should not be a long wait time and if your loved one’s illness is severe, you may be referred to a clinic straight away.
Inpatient or residential care, day programmes
Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch all have specialised inpatient facilities for patients who will benefit from this treatment.
What to expect from Eating Disorder services in your region
Auckland Regional Eating Disorder Services (REDS)
Covering Auckland, Waitemata, Counties Manukau, Northern Health Boards and the Midland region, Regional Eating Disorder Services (REDS) operates out of Greenlane Hospital in Auckland. After your loved one is assessed by your local Community Mental Health centre, they may be referred to REDS.
REDS services include:
For some patients, day programmes and outpatient care may not be appropriate. Patients with medical issues caused by their eating disorder may need to be admitted for more intensive treatment.
Patients under 16 will usually be admitted to Starship Hospital. This facility has dedicated beds for people with eating disorders, and provides intense specialist treatment. Once your loved one's condition improves, they will be discharged to participate in the REDS outpatient programme.
People over 16 will be admitted to the Thrive Residential and Day Clinic in Parnell, Auckland. This clinic offers nine dedicated beds for residential care and an intensive day programme.
Find out more about in-patient care here.
Wellington Eating Disorder Services (CREDS)
Wellington's community-based eating disorder service is run by the Hutt Valley District Health board. The service is known as CREDS (Central Region Eating Disorder Service) and provides a range of treatment and support services for people with eating disorders and their families.
These services include:
Visit the CREDS website at www.eatingdisorders.org.nz for more information, or get in touch now.
South Island Eating Disorder Services
In the South Island, treatment for eating disorders is provided by the Canterbury District Health Board. The service operates out of Princess Margaret Hospital in Christchurch. This service liaises with other South Island health Boards to provide treatment as needed.
If you're looking for treatment in the South Island, find out more at email@example.com, or contact the eating disorder service here.
Southern Support Eating Disorders Services
This community-based service is located in Otago, providing free advice to anyone with questions or concerns about potential eating disorders. Southern Support will also give you a consultation in person, which will usually be held at your GP's office.
Contact Southern Support here
Although the public health system provides a range of eating disorder services, some people wish to use private services instead.
Get in touch with EDANZ if you need help finding a private provider in your area.
Find a support group in your area
Meeting with people going through the same thing can help. There are support groups run by parents and caregivers in many places. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out whether there is a get-together in your area, or if you are interested setting one up.