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Turnbull Government must deliver action for Australians living with eating disorders



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THE HON JULIE COLLINS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH

MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

SENATOR DEBORAH O’NEILL

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR INNOVATION

SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST DELIVER ACTION NOT HEADLINES FOR

AUSTRALIANS LIVING WITH EATING DISORDERS

The Turnbull Government must turn words into action and deliver on previous

commitments to provide new support for Australians living with eating disorders.

Today, we have Minister Hunt yet again signalling a new Medicare item for

Australians living with eating disorders. This is not something new.

In May 2017, Minister Hunt recommended the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review

Taskforce investigate options for Medicare coverage for the treatment needs of

those living with an eating disorder.

Nearly one year later, the Medicare Task Force Clinical Committee finally met for

the first time to look into this. Last month at Budget Estimates the Department of

Health could not even confirm that a new Medicare item was being considered

Just a few weeks ago Minister Hunt announced a three year trial for those on the

Sunshine Coast living with an eating disorder.

It has a projected completion date of 30 May 2021 and the results are expected to

be used by the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce.

How can we trust Minister Hunt’s re-announcement today?

It is difficult to take Minister Hunt’s repeated commitments on this issue seriously

when real action continues to be delayed.

Labor remains concerned the Government continues to over promise and under

deliver in relation to supporting all Australians with eating disorder treatments.

The more than one million Australian men and women who live with an eating

disorder and their loved ones are looking for real action, not just words or

headlines.

** Anyone needing support with eating disorders or body image issues is

encouraged to contact Butterfly’s National Helpline on 1800 ED HOPE (33 4673).

For urgent support, call Lifeline 13 11 14 **

TUESDAY, 26 JUNE 2018

MEDIA CONTACTS: LIAM CARSWELL (COLLINS) - 0438 469 119

ROSE KHATTAR (O’NEILL) - 0434 865 796

Authorised by N. Carroll, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Ave, Barton, ACT 2600