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Friday, 21 December 2018

Victorians are invited submit their thoughts on themes for the Royal Commission into Mental Health.

You can submit your feedback via the official online portal, which can be found HERE.

The suggestions will be reviewed and collated, along with the outcomes of targeted stakeholder round tables, to form the Terms of Reference. The final Terms of Reference are expected within the first 100 days of this government's term. 

EDV encourage our supporters to engage in the feedback process, which is open till January 27th 2019. Please note that after the final Terms of Reference are released, you will be able to tell your personal stories and submit suggestions for change.




Would you rather share your thoughts on the Royal Commission with EDV? Please fill out the form below and we will include your feedback in our submission.

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Monday, 21 January 2019

Are you a fitness professional? Do you want to learn about eating disorders and how they may affect your work?

Join us at a professional development workshop on Feb 21st 2019: A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders for Exercise Professionals

COST: $80 

CEC credits: 3


 Fitness Australia Training Feb 2019

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.”

Thursday, 14 February 2019

The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

The goal of this project is to educate parents and adults who have young people in their care who are at risk or experiencing mental health issues, so they can recover and live happy and healthy lives. Mental illness impacts approximately one in seven young people, with suicide being the biggest killer of young Australians ( Educating adults about mental health issues, teaching them how to identify the signs and symptoms and having them learn how and where they can access help is important for youth wellbeing.

Participants who complete this training are will receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.

EDV acknowledge the City of Yarra annual grants for funding for this program.

Thursdays – 6pm to 9pm
14 February
21 Feb
28 Feb
7 March

Location: EDV office, Abbotsford

$20 per person 
$10 for Concession

Delivered by Fran Power, Mental Health First Aid trainer


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.

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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