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Southern Support Eating Disorder Service (SSED)

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Eating disorders


Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

You can contact the service Monday to Thursday during business hours to make enquiries.  Phone 0800 328 744 or 022 0159464, or via email at .

You can also ask your Doctor, Practice Nurse, School Counsellor or family/whānau to contact us and enquire about access to the SSED service. 


The Southern Support Eating Disorder Service provides education and collaborative working partnerships for health practitioners in the Southern region (Waitaki, Otago, Southland, and Central Otago).  We work alongside other clinicians and offer a clinical learning model, providing support, expertise and resources to plan and complete appropriate assessment/treatment interventions for clients who have disordered eating/eating disorder issues.

You can access the SSED service through:

  1. The Co-working pathway [see link below].  Requests can be received from any source, including primary health services, NGOs, community and inpatient mental health services
  2. Request for education/training on topics related to eating disorders.


The SSEDS model provides for two pathways:

  1. Pathway 1: Clinician work only: SSEDS provides specialist knowledge and consultation to the clinician, regarding specific client needs, assessment tools, treatment approaches and referral pathways that the clinician could utilise. This could consist of an initial consultation and/or ongoing support and advice. 
  2. Pathway 2: Clinician and client meeting: SSEDS works face-to-face with the clinician and their client. This usually would consist of one session per client, at the assessment or treatment planning stage, followed by ongoing support and advice to the clinician as required.


SSEDS Co-Working Model

Clinical Pathways

Pathway 1

Clinician Only Contact


Pathway 2

Clinician and Their Client Contact




Step 1

Clinician only planning meeting

[Face-to-face or skype/phone]

Input for developing plans for their clients regarding:




Number of contacts is not limited

Step 2

Clinician & client meeting for:




Ongoing advice to the clinician.

Process review and data entry

Process review and data entry


NB: Prior to commencing the co-working process with the SSED service, please confirm which pathway you plan to utilise. From there it will be determined what client information may be required to assist the process; obtaining consent for information-sharing is the responsibility of the clinician.  

Contact Details

496 Taieri Road, Dunedin

Dunedin - South Otago

Ashburn Clinic
496 Taieri Road
Halfway Bush
Otago 9010

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Ashburn Clinic
496 Taieri Road
Halfway Bush
Otago 9010

Postal Address

Private Bag 1916
Dunedin 9054

This page was last updated at 8:54AM on December 21, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Ashburn Clinic.