Announcement on Medicare items for Eating Disorders

 

On 9 December the Prime Minister in conjunction with Minister for Health, Greg Hunt announced an $115 million package for Australians living with an eating disorder to access treatment under Medicare, and is expected to assist around one million people

The new Medicare Benefits Scheme support for eating disorders will commence on 1 November 2019, and will include:

  • A dedicated single Medicare Benefits Scheme item number for eating disorder treatment for those with severe and complex illness, delivering up to 60 Medicare funded sessions of treatment – 40 psychotherapeutic and 20 dietetic across the range of eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and atypical presentations
  • Diagnosis by a GP and mental health practitioner recognising that these psychiatric illnesses have a significant physical impact and integrated treatment is essential.

We understand that these services can be delivered by AMHSWs who are registered with Medicare.