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.
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.