The Eating Disorders Team provides assessment and treatment for children and young people 0-18 years with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder.
We are a multidisciplinary team of mental health clinicians who have specialist training in evidenced-based treatments of eating disorders in children and young people. Our multidisciplinary team may include allied health professionals (psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and speech pathologists), nursing, medical and administrative staff. Our team members are trained in therapies including: Family Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa (FBT or Maudsley Model), Multiple Family Based Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Eating Disorders, Cognitive Remedial Therapy and Attachment Based Family Therapy.
All families are encouraged to regularly see their general practitioner alongside the Eating Disorders Team and The Eating Disorders Team will also liaise with the general practitioner.
At our first meeting together, families will meet a member of the team (allied health, nurse, psychiatrist) to clarify diagnosis, discuss options for addressing the difficulties and establishing a plan.
The Eating Disorders Team consistently engages in research activities to learn more about eating disorders, to improve treatment options, and to evaluate services. Families working with the Eating Disorders Team will be invited to participate in research. You can say yes or no to participating in research and this will not make a difference to your treatment with the Eating Disorders Team.
Who can access this service?
Children and young people must be between 0 and 18 years of age with a primary presentation of an eating disorder to access this service.
The Eating Disorders Team provides assessment and treatment services for families living in the Greater Brisbane area.
We are also in the process of developing a state-wide service model for assessment, treatment, supervision, training and consultation-liaison.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
Referrals are accepted from:
- mental health services
- private psychiatrists
- general practitioners
- other medical specialists.
Families are welcome to contact the Eating Disorders Team directly, however all children and young people will be re-directed to a medical specialist for medical assessment in the first instance. Medical assessment is always recommended as the first response to a suspected eating disorder.
Information for health professionals
Eating Disorders Team will provide the following key functions:
- triage and assessment of eating disorder presentations
- develop recovery orientated treatment plans with consumers and carers which address eating disorder symptoms, maintaining factors and relapse risk factors
- family Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorders
- cognitive Behavioural Therapy Eating Disorders
- cognitive Remediation Therapy for treatment of Eating Disorders
- attachment Based Family Therapy (Eating Disorders)
- complex case management for Eating Disorders
- tele-medicine assessment, treatment, consultation-liaison
- parent Groups (skills, knowledge, peer support)
- supervision of clinical staff (internal and external)
- consultation and liaison hospital and community mental health services, and primary health care providers
- leadership in translative research
- client advocacy.
Referrals are to include:
- child name
- primary and secondary diagnosis
- current weight
- current height
- weight history
- growth history
- current medications
- previous assessment reports
- discharge summary from inpatient settings
- previous mental health concerns
- previous medical conditions
- weight loss history over what time period
- methods of weight loss
- compensatory behaviours
- other behavioural/emotional symptoms
- school attendance history
- school performance history
- substance abuse history
- family membership
- family structure
- family mental health history
- family trauma including inter-generational trauma
- child protection history
- current employment
- current family stressors other than eating disorder.
The Eating Disorders Team will liaise with the child’s general practitioner including forwarding a request for weekly medical reviews (specified in request) for the first few weeks of treatment until no longer required.