28th Feb 2023
Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) welcomes the Four Corners investigation into the eating disorder system of care in Australia. As one of the longest running community support organisations in Australia, we know first-hand the debilitating impacts of eating disorders on individuals, families and communities.
We commend those who bravely shared their story in the program, and acknowledge the many others whose experiences weren’t represented. Eating disorder experiences are complex and varied, but the pain, suffering and frustration of all individuals with lived experience remains constant. We also acknowledge the ongoing stigma around eating disorders and associated shame and discrimination that compounds issues of help-seeking, treatment and support.
The program highlighted a number of key systematic inadequacies and gaps across the various eating disorder systems of care in Australia, including in Victoria. While we cannot comment on individual cases or systems of care outside Victoria, we can address issues raised in the program that reflect the experiences of our Victorian community members.