Treat­ment plans more ac­ces­si­ble

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BUR­NETT res­i­dents with se­vere eat­ing dis­or­ders will now be able to re­ceive a com­pre­hen­sive treat­ment plan un­der Medi­care. Through a new ini­tia­tive funded by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, pa­tients will be able to ac­cess up to 40 psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices and 20 di­etetic ser­vices each year from Novem­ber 1 next year. Ru­ral Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia Pres­i­dent Dr Adam Coltzau said the dif­fi­cul­ties to-date in ac­cess­ing on­go­ing Medi­care-funded treat­ment for se­vere eat­ing dis­or­ders has added to the im­mense pres­sure faced by pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. “This is a very spe­cial­ist field so pa­tients with se­vere eat­ing dis­or­ders, in­clud­ing those in the bush, re­ally need the help of spe­cially trained psy­chol­o­gists and di­eti­tians to as­sist their re­cov­ery.”

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