New ACT Residential Treatment Centre for eating disorders

Work is progressing on Canberra’s new Residential Treatment Centre for eating disorders. The centre will provide a home-like environment for people with eating disorders to live while they receive the support they need to recover.

The establishment of the centre is supported by a Commonwealth Government commitment of $13.5M over three years. The first funding instalment for this was provided to the ACT in the 2021/22 financial year.

Eating disorder facility concept exterior
Pictured above: Exterior concept for the residential treatment centre which will have a neutral natural palate of materials connecting with nature and a homely feel.

About the centre

The ACT Residential Treatment Centre for eating disorders will be a therapeutic service to that provides specialist, intensive nutritional and psychological treatment in a residential setting which simulates a supportive home-like environment. 

The 24/7 specialist centre is a new service for the ACT which, once operational, will complement other eating disorder services in the territory such as the recently launched Eating Disorders Clinical Hub.

Progress to date

ACT Health has identified a preferred location (Block 3 Section 17 Coombs) for the Residential Treatment Centre.

The new centre is proposed for the eastern portion of the site. The location in Coombs has been chosen to be close to nature reserves with an outlook over green space and a pond, but also in a residential setting. This will ensure the centre offers an environment for clients that is as calming and home-like as possible. 

In November 2021, Major Projects Canberra released an open tender for the initial architectural concept designs. In February 2022, Collard Clarke Jackson Canberra Pty Ltd (CCJ) was appointed to deliver the early concept design.

The proof of concept design phase for the Centre is now complete and a preliminary sketch plan phase is being developed. Take a look at the proof of concept and indicative look-and-feel below:

Next steps

ACT Health will continue to engage with a range of stakeholders on the design of the centre, including clinicians, non-government organisations, people with lived experience of eating disorders and the wider Canberra community. 

Following the completion of the concept designs, an Estate Development Plan will be developed to sub-divide the block, with the rest of the block to be retained for future community use. 

ACT Health Directorate expects to lodge a Development Application (DA) in late 2022 and additional consultation will take place at this time. Following DA approval, construction will commence and is expected to take around one year to complete

If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing an eating disorder or body image concerns, contact the Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (ED HOPE) or visit butterfly.org.au

Visit the Eating Disorders Clinical Hub for more information about public eating disorder services currently available in the ACT.

Page last updated on: 29 Aug 2022