New Trial: Sunshine Coast Eating Disorders Service

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New Trial: Sunshine Coast Eating Disorders Service

The NEDC is pleased to share news of Australia’s first trial of a best practice, evidence-based approach to eating disorders treatment in a primary health network, being held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

The trial will provide primary and allied health professionals with access to training, knowledge, financial benefits and tertiary support. Outcomes of the project will influence future government policy on care pathways for people with eating disorders.

Trial Dates:

  • Referrals are being accepted from 1 February 2019.
  • This is a 3 year trial with a projected completion date, including evaluation, of 30 May 2021.

The trial will improve access to:

  • Guided self-help (GSH)
  • Family-based treatment (FBT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy – enhanced (CBT-E)
  • Specialist supportive clinical management (SSCM)
  • Treatment as specified in an individual psychiatric management plan
The aim of the project is to develop an understanding of systemic barriers to accessing treatment for eating disorders and to measure the effect of removing specific barriers. The barriers to be modified by the trial are: 
  • securing an early diagnosis
  • cost and location of evidence-based treatment
  • clinician attitudes towards treatment.

This is a ‘real world’ trial: as far as possible all activities will be based on existing resources within the region and Queensland. 

After treatment, participants and service providers will have an opportunity to participate in a qualitative investigation of their experience and the barriers to accessing eating disorders treatment.

Health professionals are encouraged to consider attending the training and professional development opportunities offered within the trial, and by trial partners. There is no cost to health professionals registered as service providers within the trial.

The project is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and is an initiative of the Butterfly Foundation working in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network, Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, and Flinders University.

** Additional information is available through the Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network website at  An additional fact sheet about the Sunshine Coast Eating Disorder Service can be found on The Butterfly Foundation's website at or


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