On eat­ing dis­or­ders

The Northern Star - - YOUR SAY -

I AM writ­ing in re­sponse to an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on Oc­to­ber 10 con­cern­ing eat­ing dis­or­der treat­ment. It was heart­en­ing to see the in­ter­est in this very im­por­tant is­sue.

I would like to clar­ify the ser­vice frame­work around eat­ing dis­or­ders in the lo­cal area as it re­lates to your read­ers.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment’s NSW Ser­vice Plan for Peo­ple with Eat­ing Dis­or­ders 2013-2018 high­lights the im­por­tance of ser­vice pro­vi­sion for peo­ple with eat­ing dis­or­ders as core busi­ness for the health sys­tem.

As a re­sult of this plan, North­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict has em­ployed a lo­cal Eat­ing Dis­or­der Co­or­di­na­tor to help as­sist with ser­vice co­or­di­na­tion, work­force devel­op­ment, clin­i­cal con­sul­ta­tion, and mod­els of care.

Within North­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict peo­ple can ac­cess treat­ment for an eat­ing dis­or­der in an in­pa­tient med­i­cal set­ting or as an out­pa­tient with our lo­cal com­mu­nity men­tal health teams.

Some peo­ple may wish to ac­cess pri­vate clin­i­cians, and in this area we are for­tu­nate to have a North­ern NSW Eat­ing Dis­or­der Prac­ti­tioner Net­work com­prised of clin­i­cians across med­i­cal and al­lied health dis­ci­plines with an in­ter­est in this area.

For com­mu­nity men­tal health re­fer­rals, peo­ple can re­fer by call­ing the men­tal health ac­cess line on 1800 011 511, or a re­fer­ral may be ini­ti­ated via a Gen­eral Prac­ti­tioner.

North Coast Pri­mary Health Net­work has re­cently re­leased the Health Path­ways for Eat­ing Dis­or­ders, en­abling GPs to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion on di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment, and re­fer­ral path­ways.

The In­sid­e­Out In­sti­tute is Aus­tralia’s na­tional in­sti­tute for re­search and clin­i­cal ex­cel­lence in eat­ing dis­or­ders, and the lo­cal Eat­ing Dis­or­ders Co­or­di­na­tor works closely with this or­ga­ni­za­tion. Any­one wish­ing to ac­cess pri­vate treat­ment can visit the In­sid­e­Out In­sti­tute web­site: https://in­sid­e­outin­sti­tute.org.au to find in­for­ma­tion about pri­vate clin­i­cians in the lo­cal area.

For more in­for­ma­tion, res­i­dents in North­ern NSW can con­tact the Eat­ing Dis­or­der Co­or­di­na­tor, Deanna Bowen, on 6620 7587. Dee Robin­son, North­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict.

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