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Tuesday, 30 November 2021

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Health—eating disorder support services—petition 34-21

By Dr Paterson, from 741 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly:

People with eating disorders in the ACT are unable to access adequate treatment options. There are no in-patient services for eating disorder treatment in Canberra.

There is one free specialised outpatient treatment option in the ACT—the Eating Disorders Program—which, despite the best efforts of a dedicated team, has a wait list of up to 12 months.

Eating disorders affect approximately 4 in every 100 people in Australia. At the end of 2020, the ACT’s population was 431,484. Around 17,259 Canberrans could be living with an eating disorder.

The mortality rate for people with eating disorders is up to six times higher than that for people without eating disorders. The increased risk of premature death exists for all types of eating disorders, however people living with anorexia nervosa have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric conditions.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon the Government to:

- update the Assembly about progress on the ACT Government’s ‘Eating Disorder Position Statement’.

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