Fund­ing boost for anorex­ics

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A govern­ment fund­ing boost is aim­ing to help child anorex­ics who might have oth­er­wise had to travel to Aus­tralia for treat­ment.

The $26 mil­lion ex­tra fund­ing for eat­ing dis­or­ders from the Min­istry of Health has dou­bled the num­ber of ded­i­cated beds na­tion­wide to 27.

As­so­ciate Health Min­is­ter Todd McClay says the Govern­ment paid par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to ex­pand­ing eat­ing dis­or­der ser­vices for chil­dren and young peo­ple.

Star­ship Hos­pi­tal in Grafton will re­ceive five more beds to help chil­dren un­der 16 who are med­i­cally com­pro­mised due to eat­ing dis­or­ders.

The Thrive ser­vice which has a fa­cil­ity in Par­nell and caters to over 16-year-olds will get nine more beds.

The ex­tra fund­ing will also boost train­ing for clin­i­cians es­pe­cially in the ef­fec­tive fam­ily-based treat­ment known as the Maud­s­ley ap­proach.

‘‘This is cru­cial be­cause many peo­ple suf­fer­ing from this men­tal ill­ness are very young,’’ Mr McClay says.

‘‘The in­ter­na­tional ev­i­dence is that they are bet­ter off with the ac­tive sup­port of their fam­i­lies when they are go­ing through such a deeply dif­fi­cult time,’’ he says.

Mr McClay says with­out the ex­tra fund­ing many of the young­sters would have ended up go­ing to Syd­ney for treat­ment due to a lack of ad­e­quate ser­vices here.

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