Hundreds of people with eating disorders will get access to expanded psychological treatments under a pilot study conducted on Queensland’s
Sunshine Coast.
•       Pilot trial to boost therapy for patients with eating disorders
•       Patients with anorexia will get up to 50 sessions of therapy
•       Hopes success of trial in Queensland could lead to national roll out
Patients with anorexia will be able to get up to 50 psychotherapy sessions, while patients with less complex eating disorders will be offered up to 20 sessions. Advocates have been calling for access to expanded therapy to ensure patients with eating disorders get the treatment they need, as currently only 8 to 10 sessions with a psychologist are available under the Better Access scheme. Expert say it is the first time multidisciplinary therapy services will be tailored to each patient, based on their individual needs. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the trial will be conducted with patients at Queensland’s Sunshine Coast over 18 months. “Thousands of families in Australia are affected by eating disorders each year and too many sufferers face the difficult battle without the unique multidisciplinary care they need,” Mr Hunt said.

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