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Health Eating disorder patients to get up to 50 therapy sessions in new trial

03:21  13 june  2018
03:21  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Many times these new situations come up in between appointments, and having the ability to Lesson learned: What you get the patient to tell you is worth much more than what you tell the patient . Case study: Eating disorder patients are recovery challenged because of a level of resistance.

Therapy , support from peers and staff, family support, and in some cases, certain medications can all contribute to the client’s ability to function without resorting to disordered eating habits, to get to and maintain a healthy weight, and to create a new life in recovery.

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Hundreds of people with eating disorders will get access to expanded psychological treatments under a pilot study conducted on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Patients with anorexia will be able to get up to 50 psychotherapy sessions, while patients with less complex eating disorders will be offered up to 20 sessions.

Anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness.

Advocates have been calling for access to expanded therapy to ensure patients with eating disorders get the treatment they need, as currently only 8 to 10 sessions with a psychologist are available under the Better Access scheme.

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We may recommend a trial of a new medication or a change in medications after discussion with you. Standard psychological testing designed to help Group Therapy Daily group therapy sessions with patients on the unit provide a forum to explore the challenges of coping with an eating disorder and

In "flexibility training" (originally developed to help traumatic brain injury victims), patients take a different seat in each therapy session or Because today, 40 years after anorexia and bulimia started sending young white women to hospitals across the U.S., eating disorders have cropped up in

Thousands of families to benefit

Expert say it is the first time multidisciplinary therapy services will be tailored to each patient, based on their individual needs.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the trial will be conducted with patients at Queensland's Sunshine Coast over 18 months.

"Thousands of families in Australia are affected by eating disorders each year and too many sufferers face the difficult battle without the unique multidisciplinary care they need," Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said local GPs would be trained to identify, assess and treat eating disorders.

All up, $3.2 million will be spent on the trial as well as educating GPs across Queensland.

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Eating disorders peak body the Butterfly Foundation will run the pilot trial along with the Primary Health Network on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

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A small number of adolescent patients were seen in out- patient family therapy at the Maudsley Getting to know other families that struggle with an eating disorder also accentuates differences Clinical Lectures on diseases of the nervous systems. London: New Sydenham Society; 1889.

Given the current emphasis on the use of brief evidence-based therapies in clinical guidelines for the treatment of unipolar disorders , it is not surprising that the new treatment trials for BP During the first few therapy sessions , patients and their therapists can work together to construct Life Charts.

Butterfly Foundation chief executive Christine Morgan said the pilot study and GP training was a significant advance in delivering the most effective treatments for eating disorders.

"It is the ray of hope hundreds of thousands of Australians have been looking for," Ms Morgan said.

The hope is that if the pilot study goes well, the scheme could be rolled out across the country.

After the ABC raised concerns about the medical care patients with eating disorders were receiving, the Government announced a review into whether the treatments needed to be expanded under the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

The MBS review taskforce will look at the results of the pilot trial to gauge its effectiveness.

The Sunshine Coast was chosen as it has a higher than average incidence of eating disorders.

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