When being treated for an eating disorder, it’s important that the approach used is evidence-based. This means it has undergone rigorous clinical trials to prove that it is an effective treatment.
In Australia, the federal government has approved a certain group of evidence-based treatments that are eligible for Medicare rebates if you are accessing an Eating Disorder Plan. We have outlined these treatment approaches below and indicated the ages and diagnosis that are generally suited to each approach. All listed treatments are designed to be undertaken with the guidance of qualified therapists such psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health social workers. These approaches are also used by clinicians in inpatient and outpatient programs in the public and private hospital system.
When engaging any clinician for eating disorder treatment under Medicare, we encourage you to refer to this consumer checklist developed by the National Eating Disorder Collaboration.