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 Centre will be a therapeutic service 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.

Project progress

The Development Application (DA) for the new Residential Treatment Centre for eating disorders is now available on the planning and land authority web page. You can provide feedback on the designs for the Centre as part of the DA process until 24 January 2023.

  • The proof-of-concept design phase for the Centre is complete and the preliminary sketch plan phase up to 80% has been developed.
  • A tender for the development of the facility has been released and will close 20 December 2022.
  • Following DA approval, construction is expected to begin in 2023 and will take around a year to complete.

The Centre will be built on Block 3, Section 17, Coombs following a land transfer from SLA to ACT Health. This will transfer the custodianship from the SLA to ACT Health. This will be undertaken through the end of 2022 through to early 2023.

The Centre will be built on the eastern part of the block. The location in Coombs was chosen to be close to nature reserves with an outlook over green space and a pond, but also within 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.

You can find the proof of concept and indicative look-and-feel imagery for the Centre 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 land transfer of part of Block 3, Section 17, Coombs to ACT Health for the development of the Centre, the remainder of the block will be retained for future community use. This will be consulted on by the SLA ahead of release to the market in line with the Indicative Land Release Program.

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: 20 Dec 2022