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Gather together to blossom

Wandi Nerida, Sunshine Coast, Queensland – a safe, nurturing and healing space for
eating disorder recovery. This is reflected in the meaning of Wandi Nerida, meaning ‘gather together to
blossom’ in the language of the Traditional Owners, the Kabi Kabi people.

Australia’s only specialist residential eating disorder recovery centre, we use the Butterfly Model of Care (B-
FREEDT) based on Carolyn Costin’s 8 Keys to Recovery. Open to people from all over Australia, Wandi Nerida
will pilot this new model of care, aiming to help more Australians recover.

Now open.

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The meaning behind Wandi Nerida

We are thankful for the involvement of local elders who came to our property and offered insight into the traditional culture and stories of the region. In doing so, they gifted us with the name Wandi Nerida, which means to “gather together to blossom”.

The meaning behind this name comes from a small insect that was very unhappy within itself. All it wanted to do, was break free and live a life worth living.

It knew, that if it stayed the way it was, then one day someone would come along and squash it into the ground and it would be nothing but a worthless downtrodden squashed bug.

So in all its wisdom, it isolated itself in a cone, drawing strength from itself to become a new creation so it could fly off and explore the many different levels in life.
Reasoning behind, why there’s so many beautiful butterflies in the world today, flying around exploring the many new heights in life.

This story was integral to the development of our Model of Care, reflecting our holistic approach and the importance of connecting with the mind, body and spirit.

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The Wandi Nerida Difference

Tailored to you

Your program is tailored for you and with you, to your stage in recovery – with a focus on mental wellbeing.

A supportive team

A caring multi-disciplinary team, many of whom have lived experience, with a high client-staff ratio meaning you get intensive support

Care that works

Care is based on the recovery model – which aims to restore hope, foster spirituality, personal responsibility and control, connection, symptom management, and overcome stigma

Hands on meal support

From cooking to group meals, to get you ready for returning home

Genuine connections

Social connection, and connection to country and nature, in a beautiful bushland setting with evidence-based complementary therapies such as Permaculture (Ecopsychology) and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy to help with that connection.

More about the model of care

Our B-FREEDT Model of Care is based on 17 years of operation in Monte Nido treatment centres in the United States, tailored to the Australian environment.



Donate to support Wandi Nerida

Wandi Nerida was officially launched on 8 June 2021. It is a private hospital facility and treatment is self-funded. Butterfly is providing funding for a Bursary Program to ensure those without financial means can attend the facility if they are eligible – and we need your help. A donation to the Butterfly Bursary Program for Wandi Nerida will ensure that we can continue to provide support to those who need it.

The Federal Government has supported this initiative with a $2m contribution towards facility building costs, and an additional $4m commitment to support service establishment and initial operations.

The Butterfly Board have personally contributed philanthropic funding of $3.5m to support the service over three years from July 2021.

However, we need to raise much more to support those in need. The intention is to establish and test the efficacy of the model in an Australian setting over a three-year period so we can inform treatment for eating disorders across Australia.

For information about how you can support Wandi Nerida with a donation, please contact Rebecca Havas at or click on the link below



The Federal Government has supported this initiative with a $2m contribution towards facility building costs, and an additional $4m commitment to support service establishment and initial operations. The high levels of care and staffing levels means we need much more.



Contact Us

For general enquiries, or if you are a health professional enquiring on behalf of a client, please email

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To find out about job openings at Wandi Nerida, please check the Butterfly Careers page.

Wandi Nerida FAQs

Wandi Nerida is built and ready to start providing essential treatment to people with an eating disorder, but in what has been a very challenging year, we have not been able to secure the necessary philanthropic support to be able to open our doors. Although we have had Federal government support we have not been able to secure any funding from the Queensland state government,  and are $2.5m short of being able to operate. We want Wandi Nerida to be open to anyone in Australia who is eligible, regardless of their ability to pay.

With YOUR help, our goal is to raise the funds to open this holistic recovery-oriented treatment facility for people with eating disorders, and pilot the Butterfly Foundation Residential Eating Disorders Treatment (B-FREEDT) Model of Care©.



Wandi Nerida is a safe, healing and nurturing environment, grounded in the name gifted by the local Kabi Kabi people which means ‘Gather together to blossom.’ The only eating disorder-specific residential treatment centre in Australia, it provides an evidence-based, holistic model of care that addresses not only symptoms and behaviours, but also the underlying socio-psychological factors that  can underlie and prolong a person’s illness.

The facility is purpose-built to create a home-like environment with an individualised and phased treatment plan so that participants can model recovery when they return home. Treatment will be tailored to each individual’s needs and may be longer than the standard time usually covered by health funds. It is designed to provide the best chance of long term recovery, avoiding readmissions which are all too common.

The  B-FREEDT Butterfly Model of Care(C)is modelled on Carolyn Costin’s 8 Keys to Recovery and adapted to the Australian environment. Wandi Nerida will pilot this model so that it can be used across Australia.

Participants at Wandi Nerida will have a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and/or other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED).

The exact admission criteria are still being finalised. Wandi Nerida will be open for all genders and referrals will be via your health professional, where it is agreed that residential treatment is the most appropriate form of treatment at the time. Otherwise, we can confirm applicants will need to be:

  • Over 16 years of age
  • Diagnosed with an Eating Disorder (AN, BN, BED and/or OSFED)
  • Medically stable
  • Able and willing to consent to treatment
  • Free of an active substance dependency
  • Able to manage mobility independently
  • Have manageable dietary restrictions

If you aren’t currently being treated by a health professional, please contact our helpline to get a referral to someone near you

We are committed to delivering affordable and accessible treatment based on income levels and health insurance status. The donations and funding we are currently seeking will help make that a reality.

Your length of stay at Wandi Nerida depends on you, your needs and your progress, but may be longer than would normally be seen in a hospital setting.

Wandi Nerida has 13 beds with shared accommodation.

Please complete the enquiry form to express your interest and we’ll be in touch with more information closer to intake. Final applications for treatment will be submitted by a referring health professional.

We do not have a waiting list at this stage, although we are taking expressions of interest from those wishing to attend Wandi Nerida. While we want to be able to accommodate everyone, our operation is dependent on funding. Visit Wandi Nerida Hothealth for more information about the referral process. Once we raise the funds to open and begin assessments, we will be able to provide more information on waiting times.

Yes, the federal and state governments are planning to support other residential treatment centres, but none have begun construction. Wandi Nerida is pivotal, as it will serve as a pilot for facilities across Australia. The goal is that anyone who struggles with a difficult to treat eating disorder will receive the best model of care for long term recovery. Evaluation of the treatment at Wandi Nerida will help inform the model of care used by other facilities around the country.