he newly established Eating Disorders Service is breaking ground for the first time in Northern Sydney Local Health District with a dedicated service supporting clinical staff and the community.
With up to 16 per cent of Australians having experienced an eating disorder, NSW Health recognises the serious physical and psychological consequences of eating disorders and the significant burden they place on sufferers and their families.
In 2014, the NSW Government established the NSW Service Plan for People with Eating Disorders (the Service Plan), with the soon to be released 2020-2024 Service Plan aiming to support better access, governance, innovation and quality care.
Caroline Hill, Eating Disorder Coordinator, said: “Each local health district has an eating disorder coordinator, however, at NSLHD we are excited to have a dietitian, clinical psychologist and a psychiatrist on board.
“Eating disorders have the highest mortality and morbidity of any mental health illness. Many of our patients across our community, outpatient and inpatient services may experience disordered eating behaviours, however, they may not disclose these behaviours due to anxiety, shame or guilt.”