Eating Disorders Program

  • Services

    The Royal Childrens Hospital (RCH) Eating Disorders Program is a collaboration between the RCH Centre Adolescent Health, RCH Integrated Mental Health Programs, The University of Melbourne and The University of Chicago.


    The Eating Disorders Program provides assessment, consultation and treatment services to young people with a variety of eating concerns and living in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

    The program comprises three main componentsPainting 1

    • Assessment Clinic: young person and family members meet a range of health workers for a assessment and treatment plan
    • Outpatient Family Based Treatment: provided by primary therapists who are supported and advised by the multidisciplinary eating disorders team
    • Inpatient programme: a multi-staged program delivered in the RCH Adolescent Inpatient unit

    The focus is on outpatient management but when necessary, care and treatment as an inpatient is provided. Attention is also paid to issues that may co-occur with eating concerns such as depression and anxiety. The program works closely with health service providers in the young person's community, and aims to support parents and families.

    Anyone from any part of Victoria or Australia is welcome to contact the Eating Disorder Program for advice and referral to relevant services in their area.

    Booklet -  Eating Disorders Program: Outpatient Treatment Information PDF 70KB

    Clinical Nurse Consultant
    Phone 03 9345 6533



    Update: This study is no longer recruiting.

    We are currently conducting a research study to compare two forms of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa. Adolescents aged 12-18 with anorexia nervosa can take part in the trial. Patients and parents will undergo a diagnostic assessment and receive 6 months of outpatient treatment. Progress will be monitored during and after treatment. For more information please contact Dr Libby Hughes.

    Contact person:

    Libby Hughes - Research Fellow Eating Disorders
    Phone 03 9345 4738

    Staff working on project:

    Dr Libby Hughes
    Prof Susan Sawyer
    Prof Daniel Le Grange
    Erica Allan

    Funding Body:

    Baker Foundation

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