The eating disorder items are available to eligible patients in the community. These items do not apply to services provided to admitted (in-hospital) patients.
The referring practitioner is responsible for determining that a patient is eligible for an EDP and therefore EDPT and dietetic services. ‘Eligible patient’ defines the group of patients who can access the new eating disorder services. There are two cohorts of eligible patients.
1. Patients with a clinical diagnosis of anorexia nervosa; or 2. Patients who meet the eligibility criteria (below), and have a clinical diagnosis of any of the following conditions:
other specified feeding or eating disorder.
The eligibility criteria, for a patient, is:
a. a person who has been assessed as having an Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire score of 3 or more; and b. the condition is characterised by rapid weight loss, or frequent binge eating or inappropriate compensatory behaviour as manifested by 3 or more occurrences per week; and c. a person who has at least two of the following indicators:
clinically underweight with a body weight less than 85% of expected weight where weight loss is directly attributable to the eating disorder;
current or high risk of medical complications due to eating disorder behaviours and symptoms;
serious co-morbid medical or psychological conditions significantly impacting on medical or psychological health status with impacts on function;
the person has been admitted to a hospital for an eating disorder in the previous 12 months;
inadequate treatment response to evidence based eating disorder treatment over the past six months despite active and consistent participation.
Practitioners should have regard to the relevant diagnostic criteria set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association – Fifth Edition (DSM-5)
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