F.E.A.S.T's Around The Dinner Table forum

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Chrissy
We are in Australia. Anyone in Aus who knows what services are doing or planning for our kids with ED?
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Foodsupport_AUS
I do work in the hospital system in Australia. I have not however heard specific plans with respect to eating disorders. Currently most hospitals are operating close to full capacity but with some restrictions on elective surgeries and admissions. There is planning around decreasing those very rapidly over the next few weeks to allow ventilators that are used in theatre to be available for those who need it. 

The main thing about non surgical admissions is trying to keep as many as possible out of hospital to decrease the risk of infection and acquiring COVID. There are plans to shorten stays around this and of course limitations on visitors over this difficult time. There are plans to keep some hospitals/floors more specifically for those very ill with COVID to try to allow for those who still need urgent care - cancer and chemo patients for example to be able to continue to be cared for. 

I would imagine CAMHS will be looking at doing telehealth consultations as this is rapidly becoming more a way things are being done over the last few weeks. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Initially weight restored 2012. Relapse and continuously edging towards recovery. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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Blue
I don’t know about hospitals, but can tell you that regular FBT therapy is still going on online, with weigh-ins to be done with a GP or at home prior to the appointment.  
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Chrissy
Is this at a CYMHS or private place?
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Blue
I should have mentioned, that is private practice. Note that medicare rebate at the moment only applies for telehealth in limited cases, such as medical isolation due to virus.
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Foodsupport_AUS
Telehealth Medicare rebate also requires bulk billing, so private practices that charge above the rebate - there is none at all. Some are accepting the reduced payments but others are not. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Initially weight restored 2012. Relapse and continuously edging towards recovery. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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Caterpillar_1
Is there any way of finding out about Psychiatrists that are accepting the reduced payments that we can access. 
Our current provider is not accepting the reduced payment - given our son has not connected with him this might be an opportunity make a change. 
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Foodsupport_AUS
Your only option would be to ring and find out as to what fees are accepted/ available. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Initially weight restored 2012. Relapse and continuously edging towards recovery. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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