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Eating Disorders Victoria believes that clients should be treated with respect, acceptance and hope.

Eating Disorders Victoria clients have the right to:

  • Considerate and respectful support and service of the highest standard, regardless of their social status, age, race, gender, culture, language, sexuality, spirituality or political belief.
  • Adequate information to make an informed choice about participation in services or programs.
  • Appropriate and comprehensive information about Eating Disorders, treatments and services.
  • Make the decision to accept or refuse support.
  • Choose what information they disclose about themselves.
  • Involve a support person or advocate at any time.
  • Contribute to decisions regarding their care and support.
  • Know the name and role of the workers providing support, and expect that workers will comply with EDV’s policies and procedures, core values, guiding principles and code of conduct.
  • Expect that personal information will be handled in accordance with EDV privacy policy.
  • Expect your privacy and confidentiality will be protected in line with relevant laws.
  • Access an accredited interpreter at any time.
  • Receive support without other people being involved (provided there is no imminent risk of harm to the client or another person).
  • Access information contained in their client record file, in line with relevant laws.
  • Contribute and participate in the development of mental health policy and representation of mental health consumer interests.
  • Voice their concerns or make a formal complaint about a service they are receiving.

Eating Disorders Victoria clients have the responsibility to:

  • Be respectful and courteous of others, including EDV staff, volunteers, and other clients.
  • Respect the rights, opinions and needs of others involved in EDV services and programs.
  • Take responsibility  and accept the consequences of their own informed decisions.
  • Provide accurate information about themselves in order to receive the best care.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information about other EDV clients.
  • Be respectful of EDV’s property.
  • Understand that EDV may disclose information when there is an imminent risk to someone’s life.
  • Attend the service in a fit state (not under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol).
  • Adhere to EDV Terms of Use regarding participation in support groups and other services provided.
  • Keep your scheduled appointment time. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please contact EDV 24 hours before an appointment.
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