Eating Disorders Day Program

Who is this program for?

The Eating Disorders Day Program (EDDP) is a therapeutic group program for adults working towards recovery from a diagnosed eating disorder. This may include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or other specified feeding and eating disorders (OSFED).

The EDDP is suited to participants who are recovery-focused and able to manage eating more independently, yet still require the structure and support of a day program to assist with challenging their eating disorder behaviours. The aim of the program is help participants move towards a healthier relationship with food and eating and build a life outside of the eating disorder. 

How will it help me?

The EDDP is facilitated by a dedicated team of experienced clinicians, including psychologists, dietitians and social workers. A range of therapeutic groups are offered across the program including:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E) groups designed to help participants build insight into their unhelpful eating disorder patterns and target their eating disorder behaviours
  • Skills-based groups, including emotion regulation, distress tolerance and recovery planning, that teach participants a range of skills to manage triggers, emotions and eating disorder behaviours 
  • Nutrition groups that provide education, support and answer questions relating to food and eating whilst assisting participants to normalise their eating patterns
  • Discussion and support groups to help participants build connection, improve the quality of their interpersonal relationships and develop their identity outside of the eating disorder
  • Body image groups that allow participants a safe space to discuss their experience of body image and work on challenging unhelpful beliefs and behaviours that contribute to negative body image
  • Goal-setting groups that guide participants to live more in line with their values by offering support to set specific, meaningful goals and accountability to follow through with achieving these goals

Each day includes three therapeutic group sessions and three supported meals. Meal support is provided by EDDP facilitators at morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Participants’ weights are monitored individually by EDDP staff once per week in line with their individual treatment plan and in consultation with their psychiatrist and dietitian.

When does it run?

The EDDP currently runs 4 days per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and each day runs from 9.20am to 3.00pm. The program does not run on public holidays and takes short breaks between school terms and over the Christmas/New Year period.

Each day is different and runs independently, which means that participants are able to attend more than 1 day per week if required, depending on availability and the level of treatment and support that is needed. The EDDP is an open program, which means that participants can join any time throughout the year. The program does not run for a set amount of weeks; however, participants may attend the program up to a maximum of 24 individual days, for example 2 days per week for 12 weeks. If further support is required beyond this, participants can discuss with the EDDP team and their referring psychiatrist the possibility of an extension.

Admission is via referral from a psychiatrist accredited to The Melbourne Clinic followed by a phone assessment by the Day Program Intake team. Participation in the program is typically funded by private health insurance.

For more information, please contact Day Programs on 03 8416 3800.

How do I get involved?

Admission to a Day Program requires a referral from a Melbourne Clinic accredited psychiatrist. A referral from your GP requesting an initial consultation with one of our Psychiatrists could be your first step. Click here to view the referral process.

Private Health Insurance - Are you covered?

Let us make it easy for you - Call us to find out whether your current policy covers you fully for treatment at The Melbourne Clinic. We will ask you a few questions and do the rest so you can proceed with peace of mind. Call us on (03) 8416 3800 to find out more.

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