Eating Disorders: The Way Forward – An Australian National Framework 

About this resource

Eating Disorders: The Way Forward - An Australian National Framework seeks to address the pervasive and grievous cruelty of a serious mental illness within our community, that of eating disorders. The statistics are alarming. For example, eating disorders are the 12th leading cause of mental health hospitalisation costs within Australia, and the expense of treatment of an episode of Anorexia Nervosa has been reported to come second only to the cost of cardiac artery bypass surgery in the private hospital sector in Australia. Anorexia Nervosa has the highest rate of mortality of all psychiatric disorders.

However, to this point at least, the national focus on eating disorders has been fragmented, underfunded, and under-researched. There has been a notable lack of resources directed at prevention, early intervention, treatment and research for eating disorders in Australia. There are no national standards of care, no national patient data register, and a scarcity of evaluated research outcomes. The result is a glaring lack of parity for eating disorders with other major illnesses and diseases that result in similarly high mortality rates and burdens on sufferers, carers and the health system.

AuthorNEDC
PDF Available ?Yes
PublisherNEDC
Year2010
CountryAustralia
Is Free ?Yes

See also

Practical Responses to Eating Disorders: A Guide to Implementing Responses to Eating Disorders in General Health Services

Implementation translates evidence into practice.

Read more

Eating Disorders Information and Support for Australians – Resource Review 

In recognition that body image and Eating Disorders are a pressing issue within the Australian community, the Commonwealth of Australia commissioned this report to be prepared by the Butterfly Foundation (“Butterfly”) on behalf of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC).

Read more

Developing Practical Approaches to Eating Disorders: Developing a Skilled Workforce

This consultation paper is intended to help people and organisations with an interest in delivering eating disorders services to identify strategies for workforce development.

Read more

Eating disorders: Screening, identification & Referral Guide

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses with a range of potentially life-threatening medical complications.

Read more

Help us improve!

Give us feedback!

We will continue throughout 2018 to update and improve the NEDC website and welcome any feedback you may have on the site.

Provide feedback