Eating disorders

An eating disorder is a mental health condition in which eating, exercise, body weight and shape become an unhealthy preoccupation in a person’s life. Eating disorders are complex and can take many forms. People of all shapes and sizes can be affected by an eating disorder.

Treatment for an eating disorder usually involves a mix of psychiatric interventions, psychological care, nutritional counselling and self-help strategies.


How do we treat Eating Disorders at Ramsay Clinic New Farm?


At Ramsay Clinic New Farm, we have been successfully treating eating disorders and the underlying psychological factors for over 15 years.

Our program provides treatment to patients suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders.

We offer a safe, empathetic environment in which sufferers of eating disorders can gradually regain control of their life through medical, social and psychological support.

The program is conducted in phases and includes re-feeding, nutrition, controlled exercise and a practical phase. Ramsay Clinic New Farm is the only private facility in Queensland that offers a re-feeding phase in its Eating Disorder Program.

The Program provides patients with skills and support to help them reach and maintain a healthy weight and to deal with the stressors in their life without resorting to the damaging patterns of food restriction and/or bingeing and purging that characterise these disorders.

A treatment plan typically includes individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, nutritional counselling and medical management.

Patients requiring support following discharge can be referred to the one of the group therapy Day Programs offered by Ramsay Clinic New Farm.

Day Program

Therapeutic Anorexia Nervosa Support Group (TANS)

The Therapeutic Anorexia Nervosa Support Group (TANS) is an eating disorder therapy group that uses cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to address issues underlying eating disorders including eating disorder thoughts and behaviours. TANS also draws from other evidence based therapies such as Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Radically Open Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (RODBT). The group covers topics such as perfectionism, guilt, fear foods, flexibility, and values, and includes supervised support for morning tea and lunch.

Who might benefit: The Therapeutic Anorexia Nervosa Support Group is designed for individuals with restrictive eating behaviours or other disordered behaviours such as over exercising;

Entry requirements: TANS requires assessment with a TANS Group Facilitator;

Duration: A minimum of 2 months commitment is required. Group members are encouraged to continue until they have experienced some reduction in symptoms;

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00am-1:30pm

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was designed for individuals with borderline personality disorder and is useful for patients requiring assistance with suicidality and self-harm. The program is also beneficial to individuals with complex mental health issues and/or difficulties managing intense and volatile emotions. The program focuses on four key topics; mindfulness (being in the present moment), distress tolerance (coping with crises and overwhelming feelings), emotional regulation (the balancing of emotions) and interpersonal effectiveness (relationship skills).

Who might benefit: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is designed for patients requiring assistance with emotion dysregulation, problematic interpersonal relationships and suicidality and self-harm;

Entry requirements: Entry to the program requires assessment with a DBT group facilitator;

Duration: Minimum 6 months commitment is required;

When: Mondays & Wednesdays OR Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00am-2:15pm

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Young Adults

This DBT program focuses on the above difficulties as they relate to the unique difficulties experienced by young adults. This includes content related to alcohol and drug use, sexual behaviour, developing structure and routine after schooling, developing independence, tertiary study and developing healthy friendships and relationships;

Who might benefit: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is designed for patients requiring assistance with emotion dysregulation, problematic interpersonal relationships and suicidality and self-harm;

Entry requirements: Open to young adults up to the age of approximately 25. Entry to the program requires assessment with a DBT group facilitator;

Duration: Minimum 6 months commitment is required but it is recommended to plan for attendance for 6-12 months;

When: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00am-2:15pm

RO-DBT Informed Therapy

The Radically Open Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Program is a social connectedness program consisting of psychoeducational content and activities of social engagement. RO-DBT aims to encourage context appropriate and open emotion expression to increase trust and desires to affiliate. Marked by low receptivity & openness, low flexible control, pervasive inhibited emotional expression, low social connectedness and intimacy with others, these patients have the ability to tolerate distress, delay gratification, and avoid public displays of emotion. While often seen as helpful behaviours, too much self-control can prove to be exhausting and problems are less likely to be noticed- reducing opportunities for feedback and psychological help. RO-DBT aims to enable receptivity and openness to new experiences, flexible control, intimacy and social connectedness.

Who might benefit: The RO-DBT Informed Therapy program targets overcontrol. This program is designed for individuals experiencing disorders such as OCD, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorders, Autism, Treatment Resistant Anxiety, and Internalizing Disorders.

Entry requirements: Enrolment is possible at any time; a brief assessment over the phone may be required.

Duration: Group members can begin at any time and continue to attend as long as they need ongoing support for their mental health difficulties; the program runs over a cycle of approximately 25 weeks.

When: Monday 9:00am-2:15pm


An evidenced-based treatment which focuses on developing people’s emotion regulation capacities. Mentalising is the awareness of mental states, in oneself and others. Mental States include thoughts and feelings, attitude, beliefs, intentions and wishes. The group focuses on assisting people develop a greater understanding of their own and other mental states, reduce impulsivity and improve interpersonal relationships.

Who might benefit: Suitable for people with group experience seeking to further develop emotional regulation skills, awareness of self and others, and interpersonal skills;

Entry requirements: The program requires assessment with a group facilitator.

Duration: Minimum 6 months commitment is required

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-2:15pm

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program is a therapeutic group that delivers short-term, skills-focused treatment for patients who experience anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. The program teaches patients about the connection between thinking styles, emotions and behaviour in relation to their current difficulties. Strategies are taught to assist individuals challenge unhelpful thought patterns and develop helpful coping strategies to their difficulties.

Who might benefit: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed for patients requiring assistance with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders;

Duration: There are no entry requirements; enrolment is possible at any time;

When: Tuesdays 9:00am-2:15pm

For further information please call our Day Patient Program Coordinator on (07) 3254 9100. A referral from your GP or current treating psychiatrist is required for entry to the programs. Please send referrals to our Day Patient Program Coordinator by fax (07) 3254 9601 or email Ramsay Clinic New Farm staff will coordinate admission to the appropriate program.

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