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Service Development & Policy in NSW

NSW Service Plan for People with Eating Disorders 2021–2025

The NSW Service Plan for People with Eating Disorders 2021-2025 aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with or at risk of developing an eating disorder and the lives of their families, carers and communities.

This Service Plan, to be implemented over five years, will continue to build and progress on the foundations that were set in the initial Service Plan. It aims to improve health outcomes, improve access to care; improve the quality of care and deliver efficient and effective care.

The Service Plan aims to embed eating disorders service provision as core business for Local Health Districts and Speciality Health Networks and will continue to build workforce capacity and strengthen pathways to care across the continuum of eating disorders treatment.

The Service Plan requires a whole of health reform, driven centrally and implemented locally, to prepare and equip the NSW Health system to identify, provide access to, and treat people with eating disorders.

This Service Plan has enabled the development of new hospital and community services for eating disorders – the single largest and most ambitious eating disorder clinical redesign ever undertaken nationwide.

Population Health Model

The Service System Framework is described in more detail in the blueprint for Action document. This underpins how the Service Plan will deliver on its key priorities and strategies.

The blueprint for Action should be read in conjunction with this document. It outlines the rationale, the service development to date, the identified gaps, and detail for the development of priorities and strategies for the Service Plan.

The Role of the Eating Disorder Coordinators

InsideOut secured funding from NSW Health for 18 eating disorder coordinator positions located in local health districts and specialty networks across New South Wales. The local eating disorder coordinators support the implementation of their local Service Plan and provide clinical consultations and support to health professionals and teams treating people with eating disorders.

Their role includes leadership, strategy and implementation, service development, workforce development, clinical practice advice and support as well as knowledge management.

The Local NSW Eating Disorder Coordinators

The Role of the Tertiary Hubs

The NSW tertiary hubs are expert centres for the treatment of eating disorders. As well as providing treatment services for the most severely unwell individuals and their families in NSW, these centres provide support to other services around the state that are providing treatment to people with eating disorders.

Their services include tertiary inpatient treatment, specialist outpatient clinics & day programs, outreach consultation for case management and training for clinicians and teams around the state.

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The Role of Medical leads

The NSW Statewide Committee of Eating Disorder Medical Leads is responsible for providing advice and leadership for all matters related to the medical management and transition of patients with eating disorders in NSW, in line with the Service Plan.

The Medical Leads committee ensures that pathways for medical treatment for people with eating disorders exist locally. If you have questions directly relating to medical admission and treatment of people with eating disorders in your district, please raise these with your local eating disorder coordinator to be forwarded to the Medical Leads committee

Communication from the State Wide Steering Committee

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