Pictured: Breakthrough Ambassador Elise ThompsonElise survived an eating disorder from age 12 and is a passionate advocate for better mental health research.

The new Statewide Eating Disorders Service (SEDS) building will bring together the best clinical service in Australia and integrate it with a world leading research team.

The aim, Breakthrough Executive Director John Mannion says, is to provide the best treatment for people with eating disorders and their families, while also seeking answers to this all-consuming disease.

“Right now, more than one million people in Australia are experiencing an eating disorder,” John says.

“A new purpose-built centre will allow opportunities that are not possible in SEDS’ current building.”

“The patients’ journey will be the focal point in the design of the bespoke facility, with the building presenting a safe, therapeutic, home-like environment, while at the same time, giving researchers the tools that they need to conduct ground breaking research.”

Your help is needed to build a new eating disorders treatment and research centre

Eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness in young women, with suicide the leading cause of death for people with an eating disorder.

The centre’s location is yet to be determined, with the Repatriation General Hospital site at Daw Park the preferred home.

Plans include large therapy rooms to support the delivery of family-based therapy and day program models as well as a paediatric service. Purpose designed kitchens and dining rooms will focus on sensory modulation designs to minimise distress to patients and families during their personalised therapy.

Meanwhile, a dedicated research space will allow researchers from Flinders University to tackle eating disorders from every angle – exploring genetic risk factors and earlier interventions to help combat the illness.

Among them is world-leading eating disorders researcher Professor Tracey Wade from Flinders University:

“By having a purpose-built centre, it will enable patients, clinicians and researchers to work side by side and under the one roof providing South Australians with the best possible evidence-based treatment and therapies whilst conducting ground breaking research,” Tracey says.

Your gift today can help make a new eating disorders treatment and research centre a reality

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