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Morrison Government awards $5 million for eating disorder research

The Australian Government is providing $5 million for ground-breaking research into the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders.

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Former Minister for Health and Aged Care

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Around 1 million Australians live with an eating disorder. They are extremely complex illnesses, and have one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric illness.

The projects funded under this initiative include a specific focus on using digital solutions to prevent the onset of eating disorders, and on transforming our health system to enable earlier intervention, so that individuals have the best chance of recovery. 

The two projects are: 

  • MAINSTREAM Centre for Health System Research & Translation in Eating Disorders: detection and intervention system-focused knowledge to drive better outcomes in mainstream care for eating disorders. Dr. Sarah Maguire, University of Sydney InsideOut Institute ($3.67 million).
  • Leveraging digital technology to reduce the prevalence and severity of eating disorders in Australia. Assoc. Prof. Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Deakin University ($1.34 million)

The two projects are among the first initiatives of the Morrison Government’s $125 million Million Minds Mission, which aims to enrol a million additional people in new mental health trials and programmes. 

These projects have the potential to save and protect lives of the patients with this disease.

Our Government has been the first to recognise and address the devastating impact of eating disorders. 

We are investing $110 million to extend Medicare coverage for eating disorders, and $70.2 million to establish residential treatment centres around the country as as part of our record $736.6 million investment in mental health. 

Only the Coalition has delivered a comprehensive mental health plan which expands youth headpace sites, establishes new adult health centres, and backs research with annual mental health funding of $4.8 billion.

Our strong economic management ensures we continue to invest record amounts of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare, and hospitals.

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