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Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Helen Morton

Minister Announces National Framework For Eating Disorders

Victor P Taffa

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton announced the Western Australian commitment to a nation-wide framework for people dealing with negative body image issues and eating disorders, at the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) meeting in Perth today.

More than 100 Western Australian researchers, clinicians and people working in the field of eating disorders will discuss the National Framework for Eating Disorders and a suite of other resources for treating and preventing eating disorders.

WA Commissioner for Children and Young People, Michelle Scott, will join NEDC national director Christine Morgan who also heads up the Butterfly Foundation, a national charity supporting people with an eating disorder, at the meeting entitled ‘The Way Forward’.

Mrs. Morton said establishing the framework was an important step in recognising the seriousness of these complex illnesses that affected the community and for the first time placed eating disorders firmly on the mainstream health agenda.

 

“Eating disorders affect one in five teenagers and one in seven women, so it is something we are all likely to experience either ourselves or through family, friends or colleagues.” Mrs. Morton said.

“We know that 15.5 % of people will be affected by an eating disorder at some stage in their life and boys and men are also affected.” Mrs. Morton said.

The term ‘eating disorders’ refers to a range of conditions characterised by abnormal or disordered eating patterns including:

  • Anorexia Nervosa,
  • Bulimia Nervosa,
  • Binge Eating.

and can affect the physical, social and mental well-being of sufferers.

The NEDC was formed by the Department of Health and Ageing in 2009 and has the support of governments throughout Australia to outline a long-term approach to the promotion, prevention, early intervention and management of these complex illnesses.

The meeting will take place at Palais 85, 85 South Perth Esplanade, South Perth at noon.

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