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14 May 2018

A new collaborative partnership between NSW researchers has resulted in the launch of Australia’s first research hub for eating disorders.

The InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders will be the team’s home and will be totally dedicated to eating disorders.

Earlier diagnosis, improved evidence-based treatment and ongoing support during recovery for people living with an eating disorder will be the focus of the centre’s research.

In launching the Institute in April, NSW Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies described its renewed research agenda as “really exciting”.

“We’ve worked closely with the Institute since 2013 to deliver the country’s first dedicated Service Plan for Eating Disorders and it’s been a game-changer for improving the care we provide patients and families,” she said.

The NSW Government has committed more than $400,000 per year to the Institute for the continued implementation of the NSW Service Plan for Eating Disorders, which includes specialist training for frontline staff and workforce development.

An additional $1.2 million has also funded ongoing projects. The Institute, formerly known as the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders, is a collaboration between Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt praised the Institute’s commitment to helping the more than one million Australians living with an eating disorder.

“Bringing eating disorders out of the dark and into the light of public discourse is essential to drive change and I applaud the InsideOut Institute’s mission to further transform the Australian treatment landscape for eating disorders,” Mr Hunt said.

Institute Director Dr Sarah Maguire said launching the Institute was an important step in driving forward a national research agenda for eating disorders.

“Eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness – fortunately, they are solvable. Our research work will explore innovative treatments and better ways to intervene with early intervention,” she said.

CHRIS JOHNSON

 


Published: 14 May 2018