Northern and Midland Supra-Regional Eating Disorder Service Model Revision


The Northern and Midland Supra-regional Eating Disorder Service (EDS) has been providing care for people from across the two regions with Eating Disorders since 2008 when the Ministry of Health (MoH) issued Future directions for Eating Disorders Services in New Zealand. The service has undergone a process of implementation and development to optimise care for a geographically dispersed and vulnerable part of our population.

A recent review of a proposed future service model has identified opportunities to further improve service design, to broaden the care continuum and better address service access inequities.

The Northern Regional Alliance has been engaged by the two Regions, with support from the Ministry of Health, to develop a revised EDS service model to:

  • Define the population need in each phase of EDS intervention for the full range of eating disorder services (with particular reference to understanding service access, age group requirements and geographical barriers)
  • Understand and provide regional oversight of service activities and outcomes
  • Define critical success factors and a revised service configuration with a focus on:
    • Service principles
    • Client centeredness (in particular consideration of services for Maori and Pacific people)
    • Clinical and service effectiveness
    • Service interfaces and communication
    • Governance and leadership
    • Communication and clinical support
    • Providing equitable access across a broad geographical area
    • Affordability and sustainability
    • Implementation and service provision mechanisms (medical and mental health)
    • Service measurement and evaluation

Cross regional Steering and Working Groups have been formed to work collaboratively on the new model.

This webpage provides information and progress updates for people interested in the development of eating disorder services model.  The content will be updated regularly during the course of the project to add emerging information and in response to stakeholder feedback.

The links below provide access to key information used during the development process and draft documents for review and feedback.

Project documents

Background reading

Drafts for review

Key Contacts:

Project Manager, Northern Regional Alliance: Mark Harris - Mark.Harris "at"

Clinical Lead, Mental Health and Addictions, Northern Regional Alliance : Dr Lyndy Matthews - Lyndy.Matthews "at"

Midland Regional Director: Eseta Nonu-Reid - Eseta.Nonu-Reid "at"