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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 22 November 2007) . . Page.. 3805 ..


& (5) The types of support and services provided are set out below.

ANOREXIA NERVOSA DAY PROGRAM

This open, ongoing program (for 6 clients at any one time) is based on the Wesley Day Hospital model and is conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. It includes group therapies, supervised meals and is primarily aimed at non-chronic, younger clients who require the following:

weight restoration and or maintenance;

normalisation of eating behaviour and attitudes;

cessation of compensatory or weight losing behaviours and

normalisation of psychosocial behaviours.

It is expected that clients will initially attend this program for 12 weeks with a progress assessment at four, eight and 12 weeks respectively. This program is suitable for outpatient clients and hospital inpatients. It is also strongly recommended that family members/primary carers attend the individual therapy sessions with the client, particularly if the client is living at home and/or financially dependent.

DIETICIAN ASSESSMENTS

The multidisciplinary approach includes support from a part-time dietician. The dietician provides individual assessments, meal plans and group education sessions to clients once they have been accepted into and while they are participants in the Anorexia Nervosa Day Program

BULIMIA NERVOSA & EDNOS THERAPY

Clients will normally have a diagnosis of Bulimia Nervosa or Eating Disorders Not Specified (EDNOS) with bingeing and weight losing behaviours. Using the evidence based program developed by Professor Fairburn from Oxford University, clients are normally seen individually on a weekly basis for five to 10 sessions and then reviewed.

PSYCHIATRIC & MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS

A psychiatrist attends the EDP a half day per fortnight and provides individual psychiatric and somatic assessments, and medication advice to GPs. The EDP aims to have all clients, accepted into its programs, comprehensively assessed by the psychiatrist at least once.

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER

The EDP works closely with GPs in the management of eating disorders clients. It is a requirement for participation in our program that a client have an identified GP with whom they maintain regular contact. The GP provides on-going medical management including medication, scripts and referrals to specialists.

(6) Eating Disorders - discharges from TCH (aged 12 - 24)

Number of discharges for the financial year

01/02

6

02/03

17

03/04

10

04/05

21

05/06

19

06/07

21



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