Eating Disorders: The Way Forward – An Australian National Framework
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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.
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