Young people who take part in this program will undertake an assessment with a mental health clinician and dietitian where they will discuss the best pathway of care. This may be attending a group program (Body Project Australia), undertaking guided self-help, or attending individual support sessions.
All young people accessing the program will be supported by a care team made up of medical, mental health and nutrition professionals.
If the Food in Mind program does not meet their needs, we will support the young person to access the right services.
Body Project Australia Group Program
Body Project Australia designed this evidence-based 5-week structured group program. It is for 6 to 8 participants and is delivered by trained facilitators.
Parents, carers and support people are invited to attend an information session before the group program starts.
The young person will have fortnightly appointments with a Food in Mind worker. Each session will be focused on what the young person has learned and how it relates to their unique situation. They will be provided with materials to work through between sessions.
Individual support sessions
The young person will attend one-to-one therapeutic sessions with a mental health clinician and dietitian. The frequency and duration of these sessions will be determined by the young person’s needs.
Family, carers and support people will be included in these sessions as needed.
A young person is eligible for the Food in Mind Program if they:
- have mild to moderate symptoms of an eating disorder (as determined by their Doctor)
- are not currently receiving support from a mental health clinician or dietitian for disordered eating /eating disorder
- regularly engage with their Doctor as part of their care team
- can commit to attending all appointments and involving their support network where possible.