Flowers n flaxAshburn Clinic is a not-for-profit therapeutic community and psychiatric hospital in Dunedin, offering a professional and supportive environment for diagnosis, treatment and recovery from mental illness and addictions.  Established in 1882 as an alternative to state hospital care, Ashburn now operates as a therapeutic community, providing funded and private residential services.  People accessing care are at least 17 years of age and come from all over the country.  

Located in a beautiful setting on the outskirts of Dunedin, Ashburn has established a physical and social environment where support and self-discovery thrive.

Ashburn offers comprehensive psychiatric and psychotherapeutic residential treatment, individually and in group settings, as well as expert pharmacological treatment where necessary.  The Ashburn programme contains specialist groups for specific problems, eg. addiction, eating disorders, as well as common elements for all patients to participate in, such as therapy groups and community activities.

We employ psychiatrists,  psychotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists, mental health workers, general practitioners, a dietitian and support staff, and we're recognised nationally for our specialised, professional treatment  encouraging people from ‘all walks of life’ on to a path of recovery. 

Ashburn Clinic maintains Ministry of Health certification (Section 26 of the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001, ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices certification (tertiary) and Food Safety certification (Food Act 2014).     

Ashburn Clinic is a strictly drug and alcohol-free site, and has a smoke-free policy. 

Our values:

  • We recognise the individuality of all, taking into account the whole person and their significant others.
  • We respect cultural and spiritual dimensions and acknowledge the partnership with tangata whenua by honouring the spirit and the articles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • We accept into our care those people we believe can be helped within our services.
  • We provide a comprehensive treatment approach to enable patients to achieve a better quality of life.


 References/additional readings:

  • Bowlby, J. 1969. Attachment and Loss: Volume, 1, Attachment. Hogarth Press: London
  • Bloom, S, L. & Norton, K, Eds. The Therapeutic Community in the 21st Century. Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol 75, No. 3. Fall 2004.
  • Campling, P. 2001.Therapeutic Communities in  Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 7: 365-372 doi:10.1192/apt.7.5.365
  • Winnicott, D. 1987. The Child, the Family, and the Outside World. Penguin Book: London
  • Erikson, E. 1972 Childhood and Society. Pelican: Middlesex UK  


Our people

Therapeutic Community


A Window on Ashburn

Ashburn Clinic Annual Report 1 July 2016-30 June 2017

Ashburn Clinic Annual Report 1 July 2017-30 June 2018

Ashburn Clinic Annual Report 1 July 2018-30 June 2019

Ashburn Clinic Annual Report 1 July 2019-30 June 2020