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Specialist services for clients with an eating disorder are available within Mental Health Services.
 
Specialty care is delivered through the Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health & Coexisting Disorder Service (CAFS) for under 18 year olds, and through the four Adult Community Mental Health Teams for clients 18+ years and over (Horowhenua, Feilding, Tararua, and Palmerston north).
 
Acute and routine eating disorder assessments are available on acceptance of referral to one of the above services. Prior to an Eating Disorder Assessment in the community, an Eating Disorder medical assessment is completed by the Clients GP (ruling out any physical risk prior to assessment). In the event a client has been hospitalised (no referral) due to Eating Disorder behaviours, the ward will refer to the Eating Disorder Clinician, appropriate to age of client.
 
Following assessment both CAFS and Adult service, clients are assigned a keyworker, with psychiatry, medical, dietitician and psychology input being individualised  to their treatment plan. CAFS referrals may also include urgent or routine Paediatrician consultation. 
 

About our Team

 
Central to the above services is the role of the Eating Disorder Clinician, who oversees all accepted referrals and maintains close contacts with our regional ‘hub’ -  the Central Region Eating Disorder Service in Johnsonville, Wellington (CREDS).
  
The Eating Disorder Clinician is also available to any primary health clinicians or clients/family members who would like information about eating disorders, services available, or need assistance to refer.
Our hours are Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm
After hours call 0800 653 357 
 
For CAFS referrals (under 18 years)
Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Helath & Co-Existing Service
Konini House – entry via gate 13 Ruahine Street
Palmerston North Hospital
Ph 06 350 8373
Fax 06 350 8373
 
For Adult referrals (over 18 years)
Community Mental Health Services
Ruahine House, Community Village
Palmerston North Hospital
Ph 06 350 8184 Palmerston North & 06 366 0031 Horowhenua
Fax 06 350 8183

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