You can sign the petition up until 26 November 2021 at: https://epetitions.act.gov.au/CurrentEPetition.aspx?PetId=191&lIndex=-1
The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly:
People with eating disorders in the ACT are unable to access adequate treatment options. There are no in-patient services for eating disorder treatment in Canberra.
There is one free specialised outpatient treatment option in the ACT - the Eating Disorders Program - which, despite the best efforts of a dedicated team, has a wait list of up to 12 months.
Eating disorders affect approximately 4 in every 100 people in Australia. At the end of 2020, the ACT's population was 431,484. Around 17,259 Canberrans could be living with an eating disorder.
The mortality rate for people with eating disorders is up to six times higher than that for people without eating disorders. The increased risk of premature death exists for all types of eating disorders, however people living with anorexia nervosa have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric conditions.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon the Government to:
- update the Assembly about progress on the ACT Government's 'Eating Disorder Position Statement'
- refresh the 'Position Statement' considering the 'Project Agreement for the Community Health and Hospitals Program Australian Capital Territory Initiatives' with the Commonwealth Government which commits to establishing a community-based residential eating disorder treatment centre.
- detail actions that have been taken to improve access for more patients to the Eating Disorders Program
- commit to reviewing demand and backlog to ensure appropriate resourcing and support for the Eating Disorders Program.
If you need support for an eating disorder, please contact The Butterfly Foundation on 1800 334 673
- 30 Nov 2021 - Tabling the e-Petition in the ACTs legislative Assembly
- 10 Feb 2021 - Adjournment Speech: Eating disorder clinic for the ACT
- ABC News, 10 September 2021, 'Planning for eating disorder clinic drags on as ACT lockdown exacerbates mental health issues'
- CityNews, 29 November 2021, 'Petition fetches hundreds of signatures'