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Eating disorders service

Eating Disorders Day

Eating Disorders Day Treatment Program

The Eating Disorders Day Treatment Program provides specialist psychological and dietetic services to consumers with an eating disorder. The service has a clinical stream for adults (18+ years) and for children and adolescents (12- to 17-year-olds).

Treatment for adults involves individual or group cognitive behavioural therapy. If a more intensive treatment is required to assist with normalising eating, a meal support and skills group intervention (Meal Plus+) is added to the standard treatment. This involves having lunch at the clinic several times each week, and after each meal, participating in a group therapy session designed to improve coping skills associated with eating.

Treatment for children and adolescents involves family-based therapy where support is provided to parents or carers to take a central role in helping the person manage their eating. Then the focus of treatment shifts to supporting the individual (with help from their parents and carers) to establish a level of independence to manage their eating.

The service is available to receive and triage referrals and provide treatment at specified clinic times during usual business hours (8.30 and 5pm). Telehealth options are available for some programs and suitable consumers. The adult clinical stream operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The child and adolescent clinical stream operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.