NEDC'S Eating Disorders Quality Improvement Tool for PHNs (ED QI) 

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC), alongside PHN leaders and eating disorder experts, have developed a user-friendly, online tool for PHNs. Based on the National Practice Standards for eating disorders and tailored to the PHN context, the ED QI guides PHNs through the process of building on their eating disorders response.

Foundational to the ED QI are 20 best practice actions across four functional areas specific to PHNs:

Operational Resources and Planning

Five actions that focus on the PHN's processes for identifying and addressing needs through data collation, documentation, and human resources.

Awareness Raising and Information Provision

Six actions that focus on the PHN's strategies that support access to evidence-based eating disorders information for health professionals and consumers.

Primary Care Quality Improvement

Six actions that focus on the PHN's strategies for capacity building of the primary health workforce including access to resources and professional development.

Service Integration and Coordination

Three actions that focus on the PHN's processes for connecting services, health professionals and consumers within the system of care, and its use of standards to inform these activities. 


A pilot of the ED QI was completed in 2020. The tool will be launched and available to all PHNs in November 2021.

NEDC recommends PHNs complete the ED QI every six months.

Consultation and support are available to your PHN for implementing any of the suggested steps outlined in the personalised service plan available to download upon completing the online self-assessment.

Contact NEDC's Primary Health Project Manager, Louise Dougherty, to discuss our current projects and work with PHNs:

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See also

Key Organisations, Guidelines and Policy Documents

ACT ACT Eating Disorders Program 

ACT Eating Disorders Position Statement (2018)
View online 

Canberra Hospital and Health Services Clinical Guideline.


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