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Victorian Eating Disorder Strategy

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This page explains how you can get involved in the development of the Victorian Eating Disorder Strategy.

What is the Victorian Eating Disorder Strategy?

In recognition of the significant and growing issue of eating disorders in Victoria, the Victorian Government has committed to developing a new Victorian Eating Disorder Strategy. The last state-wide strategy was developed in 2014.

The strategy will guide high-quality, safe and evidence-informed practice in promotion, prevention, early intervention and treatment for Victorians with or at risk of developing an eating disorder as well as their families, carers and supporters.

The strategy will include:

  • Vision: what we will work towards as a community and a sector
  • Principles: to guide how we implement and monitor the strategy
  • Priority areas: where we will focus our attention to have the greatest impact and support achieving our vision
  • Priority groups: individuals and community groups who are disproportionately affected by eating disorders
  • Actions and initiatives: activities that will guide a more systemic and coordinated response to support people living with eating disorders, as well as their families, carers and supporters

The strategy will be developed by the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division in the Victorian Department of Health in partnership with Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) and the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED), along with people with lived experience and the sector.

Timeline

The strategy process is officially taking place from July 2022 – June 2023. Community involvement will mostly take place between Oct 2022 – March 2023. The final strategy is expected to be tabled in June 2023.

How can you get involved?

Stage 1 – Survey NOW OPEN

You are invited to complete an online written response to survey questions provided by Engage Victoria. Be sure read the discussion paper on the Engage website which provides an overview of eating disorders and the current system of care for eating disorders in Victoria.

Then, respond to the survey questions. The questions allow for open ended responses, so please set aside some time to complete.

The survey is open to all Victorians impacted by eating disorders, including those with lived experience, carers and health professionals.

Stage 2 – Roundtables and Focused Discussions NOW OPEN

The Victorian Department of Health is hosting a series of lived experience engagements between October-December 2022. These engagements will all be approximately 3.5 hours and will be held online, unless stated otherwise in the schedule.

Engagements will explore:

  • Participant’s vision for the strategy
  • Priority areas for action
  • What success looks like for the strategy, considering different personas
  • Key barriers, challenges or issues
  • Opportunities and enablers for the future

All participants will be reimbursed for their time at the ‘Involve’ remuneration rate of $175.00 (up to 4 hours).

Below is an outline of the topics for each roundtable or focused discussion. We encourage anyone wanting to be involved in those engagements to complete the EOI steps below ASAP. You will be able to nominate up to 3 topics that you are interested in participating in.

  • Promotion, prevention and health advocacy 
  • Eating disorders and neurodiverse people 
  • Larger bodied people* with eating disorders *We recognise that people may use a variety of other terms to describe their bodies such as plus sized, fat, larger etc.
  • Eating disorders and athletes and performing artists
  • Eating disorders and type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Eating disorders and culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Eating disorders and LGBTIQ+ communities
  • Eating disorders and males
  • Eating disorders and youth and adolescents
  • Severe and enduring eating disorders
  • Eating disorders and rural and remote communities

See here for detailed information about the Roundtables and Focused Discussions, including proposed dates for each engagement

If you are interested in participating in the discussions, please complete the below instructions:

If you want to apply as someone with lived or living experience of an eating disorder as well as a family, carer or supporter of a person at risk of, or with lived or living experience of an eating disorder, you will need to apply via VMIAC and Tandem respectively.

Further information

If you would like further information about the Victorian Eating Disorder Strategy, including how you can get involved, please reach out to EDV’s Policy and Advocacy Officer Monique at monique.hodsonsmith@eatingdisoders.org.au.

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