The Eating Disorder Program

Eating Disorders Program | Binge Eating Disoders Program

The Melbourne Clinic Eating Disorder Unit is a 21 bed specialist unit for the treatment of Feeding and Eating Disorders.

We admit males and females above the age of 16 who are requesting treatment and support for diagnosed eating disorders.

People attend with specific goals in mind for set periods, or for support and assistance for active treatment and recovery from their issues related to their diagnosis.

The team is dedicated to the ongoing support of both patients and their families managing these disorders in the community requiring additional specialist assistance.

Our team is experienced and multidisciplinary and we try where possible to tailor individual treatment to individual needs. Each patient will experience regular key worker sessions one to one, where they can explore and develop their treatment and recovery goals.

We endeavor to always support patients and their families with where they are in their treatment and recovery for these debilitating disorders, and aim to provide care that is evidence based, current and of the highest standard.

The Eating Disorders Day Program runs on Monday to Friday.

The program is designed for people who are able to manage eating more independently however still require ongoing structure and support to challenge their problematic eating behaviours.

The program consists of dietetic groups that provide education and support, cognitive behaviour therapy groups and other skills based groups such as DBT skills and mindfulness and recovery planning.

Patients engage in food challenges to reduce their anxiety around feared foods and enhance their confidence in eating more independently.

We try and tailor the individual’s treatment days to support their personal goals for recovery.

Admission is via a comprehensive assessment.

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

This program has been specifically designed to assist people with eating disorders.

The aim is to provide a safe and trusting environment that fosters the restoration of health and weight, but focuses more importantly on assisting patients to develop an understanding of the factors that maintain the disorder.

The Eating Disorders Program is comprised of an inpatient and a day program. Outreach services are also available.The Eating Disorders Inpatient Program is a specialized 40 day program that has been designed to provide comprehensive treatment. The multidisciplinary team of qualified health professionals are experienced and trained in understanding and treating Eating Disorders.

Improved nutritional status and emotional well-being is achieved through individualised meal planning and meal support and participation in the daily group program. The daily group program provides patients with opportunities to participate in evidence based treatment of eating disorders, emotion regulation and cognitive behavioural therapy, enhanced occupational therapy and creative arts therapies.

Family involvement in recovery is encouraged. Family therapy and a monthly family support and information evening are made available to relatives and friends of patients.

The inpatient program provides treatment to patients in the acute stage of illness.

Patients are then assisted with a transition to outpatient care, where the Eating Disorders Day Program and The Melbourne Clinic Outreach services offer continuity of treatment, to eligible participants.

Inpatient Program

To assist in the development of skills and increase participants awareness of the maintaining factors for Binge Eating and associated behaviours.

Program aims

The main therapeutic framework in this program is informed by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Binge Eating. Therapy frameworks include psycho-education and skills acquisition from components such as Dietetics, Interpersonal Therapy and Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, Distress tolerance, Mindfulness in combination with self-directed work-book activities.

Program structure

This program is designed to provide a variety of psycho-education, skills development and activities to enhance one’s ability to understand why difficulties occur, review maintaining factors for ones behaviours, and ultimately enhance recovery.

Sessions range from educational and gathering information, to skills based groups, including movement groups. All group sessions are complementary and take place in the morning and afternoon, with time set aside for the completion on the workbook that participants complete as they move through the program.

All groups are compulsory and attended daily from Monday to Friday.
The program runs for four weeks in duration.

Frequently asked questions

Who will benefit from this program?

This program is most suitable for those who have been identified as having Binge Eating behaviours associated with an Eating Disorder Diagnosis or difficulties with over-eating or night eating. The content of this program is relevant to a broad range of people experiencing moderate to high severity of binge eating behaviors and associated psychological sequelae.

When do admissions occur?

Admission to the program occurs on the Saturday prior to the program commencement and discharge occurs postthe program completion on the weekend.

Do I have to attend all groups?

Groups are compulsory for attendance as they form the basis of the program.

What supports are available to me when I am discharged from the program?

During the first two weeks of the program, your Doctor can make a referral to Outreach (individual home-basedsupport) or the Day Program groups available through The Melbourne Clinic. We will try and arrange for theassessments to be done whilst you are an inpatient so that you can commence follow-up immediately on discharge.

We host information evening sessions, aimed to assist friends, families and carers on how to help their loved ones manage their symptoms of eating disorders by gaining a better understanding of ongoing recovery process, expectations and enabling a smoother transition back into the family home and community after leaving hospital.

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Eating Disorders Program Brochure

Binge Eating Disorder Program Brochure

Binge Eating Disorder Program Ward Expectations and Guidelines

If you are a referring doctor, please download a referral form.

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