Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, was pleased to be part of the launch today of a new eating disorders program for young people, that will be managed by Knox Headspace in conjunction with the Butterfly Foundation.
Mr Tudge raised $10,000 in charitable donations to contribute towards this initiative.
The Program – “Positive Eating and Changing Habits” (PEACH) – is based on an intensive outpatient model of care. It is an eight-week program featuring individual and group therapy sessions.
It is specifically targeted at young people aged 18-25 living in Melbourne’s outer east.
Eating disorders affect an estimated 9% of people at some stage in their lives. Those with serious eating disorders have a high risk of death from the condition. The prevalence of eating disorders is highest amongst girls and women but can also occur with boys and men.
Mr Tudge said that this will be a valuable additional service for Knox.
“This new program will hopefully be of great assistance to those who are suffering and the families who are caring for them.”
“I am pleased to have played a small part in making this initiative a reality.”