2 Aug 2009

New facilities for people with eating disorders

7:04 am on 2 August 2009

New facilities are to be developed in Auckland for people with eating disorders.

A new residential unit is to be available for people older than 15 and there will be more beds at Starship Children's Hospital for young patients with anorexia and bulimia.

District health boards in the northern region says they are focusing on services for acute cases.

From next year, they aim to cut the number of patients sent to Australia for treatment.

The DHBs say funding was announced by the Government two months ago.

However, the Eating Difficulties Education Network says the focus on hospital beds should not distract from the importance of early intervention and education about eating disorders.