Treatment Goals & Planning

A treatment plan will generally involve a multidisciplinary team providing a mix of medical, psychological and nutritional support. Use InsideOut's Treatment Services Database to help find local health professionals.

Treatment Services Database

Find eating disorder professionals and services near you

Treatment goals

The overarching goals of treatment are:

  1. Medical Stabilisation: Management of acute and chronic medical complications
  2. Nutritional Rehabilitation: Weight restoration and re-establishment of normal eating patterns and behaviours
  3. Psychological Intervention & Therapy: Address associated psychological, social, family, and behavioural problems that may underlie and/or contribute to the disorder (or contribute to relapse if left unattended)
If someone is reaching out to their GP - they want help and they want it now. So, there should be an emphasis on urgency otherwise the person reaching out will lose hope and never come back. Worse still their health will be dramatically impactedLived experience quote

Stepped Model of Care

The continuum of care(1) proposes that individuals can move up or down stepped levels of care, to ensure an appropriate level of care.

People with eating disorders should always be treated in the least restrictive environment that enables meaningful symptom change

The level of care will depend on:

  • Illness severity (medical acuity, symptom severity)
  • Treatment goals
  • Engagement in treatment

The community setting is recommended if there are no additional medical or psychiatric complexities.

Include an Escalation Plan as part of any treatment plan.

Escalation Plan

An escalation plan outlines the transition to other treatment options, such as day programs and inpatient care, should the person's condition deteriorate.

Escalation will depend on:
  • Medical stability
  • Severity of disordered behaviours (restricting, purging, bingeing, excessive exercise, use of laxatives)
  • Safety
  • Weight
  • Progress
  • Level of support at home

It is important to know the trained eating disorder specialist in your health district and the escalation options that are available if a person requires medical stabilisation or nutritional rehabilitation.