New funding announced for eating disorder treatment

2 Jun, 2023

Body and Soul outlines the Government's plan to provide $70M in funding, including $8M for InsideOut Institute's eClinic and Digital GP Hub.

There's good news for people suffering from eating disorders and their loved ones who are in desperate need of help after the Australian Federal Government announced this week that they're providing $70 million in grants for innovative programs to research and treat mental ill-health and eating disorders.

The monetary amount will also go towards improving services, educating health professionals and supporting patients, carers and their families, under The Right Care Right Place program banner. 

What's more, an expert advisory panel is being established, which will recommend how to best direct the funding towards research projects by August 2023.

The panel will devise a plan to:

  • Determine the factors that affect the mental health and wellbeing of children
  • Find ways to improve access to evidence-based treatments and their delivery
  • Address inequities in childhood mental health and psychological distress outcomes
  • Inform implementation of current and future policies and programs in child mental health. 

Where exactly will the money go?

  • The University of Sydney (InsideOut Institute): eClinic - $4,000,000
  • National Eating Disorders Collaboration: Right Care Right Place - $3,926,000 
  • headspace National: Embedding eating disorder treatment in headspace centres - $1,530,000
  • The University of Sydney (InsideOut Institute): Digital GP Hub - $4,000,000
  • Butterfly Foundation: Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (v-IOP) - $2,844,000
  • Eating Disorders Families Australia: Fill the Gap - $1,700,000
  • Eating Disorders QLD: Brief Intervention/Therapy for Eating Disorders (bITE) - $2,000,000
  • Medical Research Future Fund: Childhood Mental Health Research Plan* - $50,000,000