At EDV, we will continue to advocate for the needs of our community. However, 75% of our services are at risk post June 30 2023.
EDV is calling for funding of $4 million per year for 3 years.
Funding will scale proven programs, increase early intervention, support broader system training and development and provide organisational certainty that is vital for staffing and service planning.
EDV is the only state-wide, eating disorder specific organisation providing trusted guidance and support services to the 334,000+ Victorians with eating disorders and their carers and families. Current funding arrangements allow EDV to reach just 4% of the eating disorder affected population, highlighting significant underinvestment in EDV services.
Despite this, EDV has developed scalable services that are well positioned to connect and support all levels of our eating disorder system of care. This includes:
- The EDV Hub and Telehealth Nurses, improving consumer, carer and health professional help seeking and navigation of treatment
- Telehealth Counselling, providing accessible first-step psychological support
- Peer Mentoring for adults in recovery, providing structured, step-down support via the peer workforce
- Online Support Groups, enabling peer-to-peer connection
- Carer Coaching and skill development, activating families early and reducing eating disorder severity and duration in young people
- Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders Program, enabling those with chronic eating disorders to re-engage with supports
Increased investment in EDV is a prudent step in scaffolding Victoria’s reformed mental health system. EDV can work with Local and Area Mental Health Services to support referral pathways, workforce capability (including peer workforce development), and to trial and innovate novel responses to eating disorders.
We are calling for EDV’s current fragmented funding model to be replaced by stable, multi-year investment that adequately meets the needs of our system and our community. Without this stability, EDV is unable to build the workforce and organisational capacity required to deliver effective community services that relieve and support the broader system of care.
For those who would like to use their voice to help our government respond to our call for long-term, increased funding, we encourage you to contact your key parliamentary representatives:
Your local state representative – Find details here
Victorian Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Gabrielle Williams
Ministerial Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministerial Phone: (03) 9096 8587
Victorian Premier, the Hon Daniel Andrews
Phone: 03 9651 5000