30 Sep 2010

Eating disorder clinic opens

3:18 pm on 30 September 2010

An $8 million eating disorder clinic will open in Parnell, Auckland, on Thursday.

Thrive, an joint venture between Auckland District Health and the Challenge Trust, will treat 15 to 24-year-olds. It is the first facility of its kind in the upper North Island.

The clinic will offer nine residential beds and 20-day programme placements.

Previously, many patients had to seek treatment off-shore due to a shortage of facilities in New Zealand.

Challenge Trust chief executive Clive Plucknett says the new clinic should solve that problem.