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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Thank you to those who contributed to the EDV submssion to the Royal Commission into Mental Health Terms of Reference. 

We have now submitted our response to the Victorian Government regarding the Terms of Reference.

In summary, EDV would like to see the Royal Commission recommend holistic, structured and integrated reform across the mental health and medical health systems so that a thorough continuum of care is established for people experiencing eating disorders in Victoria.

Key to achieving this outcome will be:

  • Investment in more eating disorder specific services across all of Victoria
  • Investment in community mental health organisations that support individuals and families affected by eating disorders, particularly in step up/step down services.
  • Established, unified structure around pathways for help-seeking
  • Reviewed eligibility criteria for treatment services that is more inclusive, both geographically and medically.
  • Education/training of front line health workers that is eating disorder specific.
  • The inclusion of families as an integral part of treatment, rather than an additional/optional support.

 

You can read EDV's full response here.

The Royal Commission provides a significant opportunity for EDV to elevate the issues related to eating disorders, and place them on public record. Therefore, we encourage you to participate in the process as it unfolds over the next year or so. EDV will be encouraging people to speak directly to the Commission and can provide support to do so. We will also be making submissions on behalf of the collective experience where appropriate.

 

Monday, 10 December 2018

EDV welcome groundbreaking changes to eating disorder treatment in Australia


In a historic announcement in Sydney yesterday, Minister for Health Greg Hunt, along with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, outlined that patients with severe eating disorders will now have access to up to 40 subsidised psychologist sessions and 20 dietitian sessions as of November 2019.

"It is a $110 million investment but it's not the money. It's the hope and the service and the recognition and the support. That's what matters," federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

This means that for the first time ever, individuals with severe eating disorders will have access to a comprehensive treatment plan through Medicare.

Eating Disorders Victoria CEO Jennifer Beveridge was in Sydney for the announcement.

"EDV have been working with individuals and families affected by eating disorders for over thirty years. This is undoubtedly the most significant step forward in the sector to date, and we commend the Minister for Health for his leadership on this issue.

We hear from individuals and their families in Victoria everyday who are struggling with the debilitating and devastating consequences of eating disorders. Part of this is the ongoing financial implication of accessing essential treatment services. Too many people are disengaging from treatment because the out of pocket expense is just too prohibitive.

This announcement changes that, and it will save lives."

Ms Beveridge also noted how important this announcement was in acknowledging eating disorders as serious mental illnesses.

"For the first time there is acknowledgement through specific Medicare items that eating disorders warrant specialist care. The funding will also help reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders by highlighting that eating disorders are real and serious illnesses for many, many Australians."

EDV also acknowledge the call by Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten for bipartisanship on the issue of eating disorders.

"It's fantastic to see eating disorders are squarely on the agenda for both sides of federal politics. We are still in the process of speaking with the Victorian Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley about the funding of the Peer Mentoring Program here in Victoria, and we hope he takes the lead from his federal counterparts and prioritizes investment in this space " Ms Beveridge said.

The medicare item number for eating disorders will introduced and funded, no matter who is in government next year.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Thursday October 25th 2018

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) welcome Daniel Andrew’s commitment to a Royal Commission into Mental Health if the Labor Party is re-elected in November.

EDV CEO Jennifer Beveridge said the announcement is a good news for the hundreds of thousands of Victorians affected by mental illness.

“Anyone who has any experience of trying to navigate the mental health system knows there’s significant room for improvement.”

With 230,000 Victorians currently experiencing an eating disorder, and with anorexia nervosa having the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, EDV are looking forward to eating disorders being an important aspect of the commission.

“When it comes to eating disorders, the navigation between the health system and the mental health system becomes even more complicated.

We know from our work that too many Victorians aren’t able to find or access the appropriate support services they need in order to make a full recovery.”

Ms Beveridge notes that EDV have already identified gaps in the system and are working with hospitals to provide much needed services.

“Our Peer Mentoring Program was established because of the need for a step down support service for individuals leaving hospital. We saw that the relapse rate for individuals leaving hospital was too high, and have established a program that has proven to help reduce the rates of readmission. Despite this success, we don’t have a funding commitment for the program to continue beyond next year.

We hope that the Royal Commission will highlight the need for government to support innovative initiatives such as the Peer Mentoring Program and work collaboratively with organisations to ensure holistic, long term, sustainable outcomes for individuals.”

Monday, 21 January 2019

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) is doing a project looking at carer inclusion in adult (18+) eating disorder treatment - what are the challenges, what carers would find helpful in their caring role and how carers experience different types of services. The aim of the project is to develop a framework for carer inclusion in adult treatment services which will enhance both consumer and carer experience, as well as facilitate stronger recovery outcomes. we are looking for carers of adults in ED treatment to complete a survey asking about their experiences.

Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B9YTX8Z

 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

EDV are assisting the Cancer Council Victoria by providing feedback on the current campaign targeting comsumption of sugary drinks. EDV understand that this campaign may make some people, particulary those with eating disorders, upset or anxious. We encourage anyone feeling concered to contact our Helpline on 1300 550 236. Alternatively, if you have feedback on the campaign, please leave it below. 

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