Minister for Mental
Health Tanya Davies said existing funding
will be more than doubled, to $16.8 million over the
next four years, to grow the service
coordination work of The InsideOut Institute and expand
frontline Eating Disorder Coordinators positions.
“The treatment and prevention
of eating disorders is a
key priority of the NSW Liberals
& Nationals Government,” Mrs Davies said.
“This funding boost will allow us to connect more people to the medical
and mental health supports they need when being treated for an eating
Eating Disorder Coordinators, trained by the InsideOut Institute, provide
invaluable education to Local Health District (LHD) teams while also helping
patients and their carers navigate their way to clinical supports, already
provided by LHDs.
Clinical supports include a number
of disciplines such as medical, psychiatry, dietetics, and other therapies like physiotherapy.
Mrs Davies said the funding will grow The InsideOut Institute team from
1.4 full-time equivalent positions to nine, which will bolster their service
“The InsideOut Institute is instrumental to improving the lives of people
in NSW who experience an eating disorder or care for someone who does,” Mrs
Dr Sarah Maguire, Director of Australia’s national research
and clinical excellence body The
InsideOut Institute, co-hosted by Sydney
LHD and the Charles Perkins Centre at The University of Sydney,
said today’s announcement
will enable her
team to provide more leadership,
advice and training to LHDs.
“It takes a team to care for someone living with an eating disorder
– this can be an overwhelming experience for the patient
and their carers, and also
the clinician. The expansion will mean they can be helped
through this process,” Dr Maguire
For more information go to www.insideoutinstitute.org.au. If you, or
someone you know, needs crisis support phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.
To access services in your
local area contact the NSW
Mental Health Line on 1800