Roadmap to tackle eating disorders

A national strategy developed by the eating disorder sector released today will help guide policies, programs and services to better support people with eating disorders across Australia over the next 10 years.

6 September 2023


THE roadmap, developed by the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC), the National Eating Disorders Strategy 2023–2033 (Strategy), will provide a roadmap for all Governments and the health and community sectors to progress reform.


Minister for Heath and Aged Care, Mark Butler said, “The Albanese Government congratulates the National Eating Disorders Collaboration for developing such a comprehensive roadmap to guide all governments on practical ways to implement a nationally consistent, evidence-based system of care for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.


“Our Government looks forward to working collaboratively with the state and territory governments and the health and community sectors to implement real and meaningful reform to better prevent and treat eating disorders.


“This strategy builds on the Albanese Government’s $70 million investment for innovative programs to research and treat mental ill-health and eating disorders.”


The Strategy outlines the key components that should be available in an effective system of care for eating disorders. It sets the minimum standards required and the actions needed to achieve an effective and coordinated system of care that meets the need of people living with or at risk of eating disorders.


The NEDC consulted extensively during the Strategy’s development to ensure it reflects the varied insights of people with lived and living experience, clinicians, researchers, service providers, public health experts and governments.


Assistant Minister Emma McBride said, “One million Australians have an eating disorder and access to care can be patchy, inconsistent, difficult to navigate and often not evidence-based.


“With the right support, people can fully recover and yet eating disorders are among the most fatal of mental illnesses.


“This strategy will point the way towards a nationally consistent, coordinated and evidence-based system that provides people living with or at risk of an eating disorder with the support they need.”


Read the National Eating Disorders Strategy here.

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