RED HOUSE is built on more than a decade of background research, planning and development; combining analysis of peer reviewed literature, clinical expertise and experience, and input by those who have experienced an eating disorder, and utilised existing eating disorder services, first hand. The evidence-base, planning and development process for RED HOUSE has involved, and will continue to involve, research in a number of areas including:


  • Eating Disorders and Eating Disorder services in  Australia

  • Eating Disorders and Eating Disorder services worldwide

  • The Epigenetics of Eating Disorders

  • Micro-nutrient Therapy for Eating Disorders

  • Neuroplasticity

  • Yoga and Mindful Movement for Mental Health

  • Animal Assisted Therapy for Mental Health

  • Art and Creative Therapies for Mental Health

  • Music Therapy for Mental Health

  • Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Care

  • Trauma Informed Care





In addition to the above evidence base, RED HOUSE is built on rigorous Formative Evaluation, including a needs analysis. The organisation will also continue to use evidence by keeping abreast of worldwide academic resources and advancements, and by conducting in house research in the forms of Process Evaluation and Outcome Evaluation. This will enable us to continuously assess, improve and expand our services. (See Evaluation Measures for more).

Background Research



The RED HOUSE organisation places an enormous value on evidence-based practice. Our service model and program were developed over a period of 11 years, incorporating advice from leading experts in the fields of mental health and eating disorders, and input from consumers of mental health and eating disorders services in Australia.


The developmental process has also drawn from a vast number of written resources, including State, Federal and international mental health documents and academic research papers. These include, but are not limited to:



  • The National Mental Health Strategy (Australian Government Department of Health, 2013). The strategy includes:

    • The National mental health policy

    • The National mental health plan

    • The Mental health statement of rights and responsibilities


  • An Integrated Response to Complexity - National Eating Disorders Framework (National Eating Disorders Collaboration, 2012);


  • Paying the Price: economic and social impact of eating disorders - report (compiled by Deloitte Access Economics for the Butterfly Foundation, 2012);


  • Fitting Together the Pieces: Collaborative Care Models for Adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. Final Project Report. (Lee, Keating, de Castella & Kulkarni for the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, 2010);


  • Time For Service (Mental Health Council of Australia, 2006);


  • Anorexia nervosa: Australian treatment guide for consumers and carers (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 2009);


  • What are the arguments for community based mental health care? (Thornicroft & Tansella for the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe, Health Evidence Network, 2003).


  • Beyond Hospitalisation: Supported Community Care for Mental Health.  Investigation into investment options for improving accommodation support for people with severe mental illness. Synergies Economic Consulting Report for The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, 2012);


  • 4As framework for preventing further episodes of mental illness (Australian Government, 2006);


  • Safety after leaving hospital: the reduction in risk of suicide in people who are discharged from inpatient mental health care (Hunter Institute of Mental Health, 2006);


  • The Quality of Australian Health Care: Current Issues and Future Directions (Fletcher, 2000);


  • Sharing Responsibility for Recovery: creating and sustaining recovery oriented systems of care for mental health (Queensland Health, 2005);


  • Queensland Plan for Mental Health 2007-2017 (Queensland Health, 2008);


  • Supporting Recovery: Mental Health Community Services Plan (Department of Communities, Mental Health Branch, 2011);


  • Living is for everyone (LiFE) - a framework for prevention of suicide in Australia (Australian Government, 2008);


  • Better Access to Mental Health Care (Australian Government DoHA, 2012);


  • The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia (Australian Government Community Affairs References Committee, 2010);


  • The World Health Report 2001. Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope (World Health Organization, 2001);


  • WHO Quality Rights: Service Standards and Quality in Mental Health Care (World Health Organisation, 2012);


  • Quality improvement for mental health. (World Health Organisation, 2003).






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