The NSW Eating Disorder Service Development Forum: Tuesday, 14 June 2016
What a fantastic turn out at this year’s NSW Eating Disorders Service Development Forum, with more than 170 people attending the event at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.
Hosted by the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders with Sydney Local Health District and the Boden Institute, the forum was attended by the eating disorders community, including representatives from all NSW Local Health Districts & Networks, specialists in the field of eating disorders, people with a lived experiences of an eating disorder, and carers and parents.
This year the Forum highlighted the progress and achievements since the launch of the NSW Service Plan for Eating Disorders in September 2013, with a particular focus on implementation of the 17 LHD and speciality network service plans for eating disorders that have been developed over the last 2 years. The day provided invaluable opportunities for learning and networking for those interested in and committed to improving service delivery for people with eating disorders.
The Forum was opened by Teresa Anderson, Chief Executive of the Sydney Local Health District and Chair of the committee overseeing the plan, who gave an inspiring speech about the achievements of the statewide plan and the incredible response by all 15 LHDs in NSW and our two speciality networks to integrate eating disorders into their core business, develop their own service plans, and build enhancements for eating disorders locally.
Marc Reynolds, NSW Government Manager of Clinical Services, and the main driver of the development and release of the Statewide Plan back in 2013, spoke of his ongoing involvement in the governance and implementation of the plans work, his commitment to eating disorder service provision, and his satisfaction with the enormous work undertaken to date.
Christine Morgan, Butterfly Foundation CEO, spoke passionately about the importance of improving services from the point of view of people with lived experiences with eating disorders, and summarised the key findings of the NSW Mental Health Commission sponsored research project on consumers Insights into Recovery. Headspace Manager for NSW, ACT & SA Toni Ottavio, spoke about the important role headspace and the PHNs will play in the delivery of services to people with eating disorders under the plan, and the ongoing commitment of headspace to be a major service provider in this illness group.
The day was heralded a success by those in attendance, with practical workshops and a moderated conversation about the things our consumers are asking us for in recovery. With numbers nearly doubling from last year, and lots of new faces in attendance, this event will continue to grow and be a vital annual event in the eating disorders community.
On behalf of the CEDD, Director Sarah Maguire would like to extend her sincerest gratitude and thanks to every speaker who participated, and all the clinicians and planners who attended the forum, and who worked tirelessly to ensure its success.