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Capacity for community-based eating disorders service provision

Hunter New England Local Health District

  • Translational Research Grants Scheme
Date Funded:
  • 31 May, 2017
Chief Investigator/s:
  • Dr. Melissa Hart

Eating Disorders are mental illnesses often with severe complications and high rates of morbidity and mortality. Timely and appropriate care may reduce mortality and improve outcomes from eating disorders. Family Based Therapy for eating disorders is an effective treatment when provided by specialists.

There are currently no Family Based Therapy eating disorder programs within Hunter New England Local Health District.

This study aims to answer the following questions:
1. Does implementation of Family Based Therapy treatment in community-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams across the district lead to effective and cost-effective improvements in patient outcomes?
2. Do specific clinician or organisational factors influence translation of Family Based Therapy from a specialist treatment to a more mainstream treatment model within these teams?

Collaborators: Sydney Children’s Hospital Network