Eating Disorders

Eating disorders in primary care

Gippsland PHN was privileged to host a training event in cooperation with The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED), Eating Disorders Victoria and the Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders.

Eating Disorders in Primary Care was held in June in Traralgon, Bairnsdale and Inverloch and welcomed over 50 health professionals, including GPs, practice nurses and allied health.

Eating disorders affect approximately nice per cent of Australians, have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness and require a multidisciplinary response.

“When armed with the right information, screening and referral tools, General Practitioners, psychologists’, dietitians and primary care professionals all play an important role in early detection of eating disorders and supporting recovery,” explains Amanda Proposch, Chief Executive Officer, Gippsland PHN.

Dr Sarah Trobe, Clinical Psychologist joined colleagues Rebecca Lister, Alice Irving and Bronwyn Scott for the two -hour workshop.

The evening tackled some of the myths and misconceptions around Eating Disorders as well as helping those who attended understand early detection, screening and assessment.

Catherine Wilks, Regional Service Officer at Gippsland PHN said, “One of the take home messages was that eating disorders are treatable.”

For further information visit the National Eating Disorder Collaboration website or email info@nedc.com.au.