Eating Disorders

Trial of best practice approach for eating disorders within a primary health care setting

The Eating Disorders Access trial will improve access to evidence-based multidisciplinary treatment for people with eating disorders living in the Sunshine Coast region.
The trial will support primary and allied health professionals to deliver eating disorders treatment by supporting access to training, knowledge, financial benefits and tertiary support. Outcomes of the project will influence future Government policy on care pathways for people with eating disorders.

On Wednesday 13 June, Health Minister Hon Greg Hunt announced the Australian Government’s commitment and funding to deliver Australia’s first trial of a best practice evidence-based approach to eating disorders treatment in a primary health network setting being Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN.

Frequently asked questions regarding this trial have been clarified below.


Butterfly Foundation

If you’re interested in knowing more about eating disorders, visit the Butterfly Foundation’s website or contact Butterfly Foundation’s National Helpline on 1800 334 673 or support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Registering Interest

Service providers can register their interest in the trial here.
Community members can register their interest in the trial here.

For more information

If you’re interested in knowing more about eating disorders, visit the Butterfly Foundation’s website or contact Butterfly Foundation’s National Helpline on 1800 334 673 or support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN media release
Department’s media release
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Help and support

Anyone needing support with eating disorders or body image issues is encouraged to contact Butterfly Foundation’s National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 or support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14

Research

The aim of the project is to develop understanding of systemic barriers to accessing treatment for eating disorders and to measure the effect of removing specific barriers. The barriers to be modified by the trial are: securing an early diagnosis, cost and location of evidence-based treatment, and clinician attitudes towards treatment.

This is a ‘real world’ trial: as far as possible all activities will be based on existing resources within the region and within Queensland. External resources will only be sourced when they are essential to the project and cannot be sourced locally.

After treatment, participants and service providers will have an opportunity to participate in a qualitative investigation of their experience and the barriers to accessing eating disorders treatment.