Authors: Karen Clifford, QLD
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, Case Management, Focus on Borderline Personality & Eating Disorders
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Eating Disorders are mental illnesses with serious psychological and physical complications. The National Mental Health Standards (1996) requires clients have equitable access to local services. However, public mental health services for clients with eating disorders in Queensland have generally been limited to in-patient services. Is this because community services are not appropriate? Is the case management model best practice or inefficient use of services for these clients?
The paper will discuss case management as a model of service provision for clients with serious eating disorders. Case management is a significant component of community mental health services for other mental illnesses. The benefits of this treatment option will be explored. Case managers in Queensland who have had experience with managing clients with eating disorders were surveyed. Feedback regarding the difficulties and differences of treating eating disorder clients will be presented.
The Eating Disorder Outreach Service has been developed to train and support professionals in District Mental Health Services throughout Queensland to manage clients with eating disorders.