Thursday, 13th December 2018
Landmark Medicare Support for People Living with an Eating Disorder
The Coalition Government will help people living with an eating disorder gain access to life-saving treatment with a $115 million landmark package.
Senator Macdonald has welcomed the announcement and said this was an important decision which will see Australians with severe eating disorders now able to access a comprehensive treatment plan under Medicare.
“Patients in Australia and throughout the North, including those in rural and regional areas will now be able to access Medicare funded psychological services and dietetic sessions,” Senator Macdonald said.
The Coalition Government has put a huge effort into listening to communities and prioritising better mental health for all Australians with $4.7 billion expected to be spent on mental health this financial year.
The Coalition Government will also provide $4 million to the InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders. This funding will help support new research into better treatment and care for people living with an eating disorder condition.
“Over 1 million Australians are living with an eating disorder and these conditions are reported to have one of the highest mortality rates. This is a fantastic new service and a recognition of a pressing issue in our community.”
“This Liberal National Government has a strong record of looking after rural and remote areas, whether through infrastructure or bridging the divide between city and country and we have only been able to do so by making sure we have a strong economy and by living within our means. This strong economic management is why we can now offer these incredible services that will go on and help so many Australians across the country and those in many rural and regional areas living with these disorders,” Senator Macdonald said.