Sub­si­dies to tackle anorexia

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of Aus­tralians will get ac­cess to tailored Medi­care-sub­sidised treat­ment for eat­ing dis­or­ders un­der a plan to be un­veiled to­day.

Prime Min­ster Scott Mor­ri­son and Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt will an­nounce a $115 mil­lion pack­age aimed at tack­ling anorexia that they col­lec­tively have de­scribed as the dead­li­est men­tal health con­di­tion in the nation.

The sub­si­dies could save suf­fer­ers up to $90,000 a year on their treat­ment.

The sub­si­dies – worth $110 mil­lion over four years – will be com­ple­mented by $4 mil­lion to Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Re­search and Clin­i­cal Ex­cel­lence In­sti­tute, which is ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the lives of those with eat­ing dis­or­ders.

Mr Mor­ri­son said the ill­ness was one of the many con­cerns par­ents have for their chil­dren. “It can strike and tear apart any home as it tries to rob the life and spirit of those dear ones af­flicted,” he said.

Un­der the plan, pa­tients with se­vere and com­plex eat­ing dis­or­ders will be able to ac­cess up to 40 psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices a year, and up to 20 di­etetic ser­vices from Novem­ber 1 next year.

The sys­tem will be Aus­tralia’s first ded­i­cated Medi­care ser­vice for peo­ple suf­fer­ing se­vere eat­ing dis­or­ders.

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