Eating Disorders Program

The Eating Disorders Program (EDP) is a community-based service that provides assessment and therapy programs for people with an eating disorder such as Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder.

The Eating Disorders Program (EDP) is a community-based service that provides assessment and therapy programs for people with an eating disorder such as Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder.

The EDP is a free, public, specialist outpatient service available by referral to all residents of the ACT. It is made up of a highly dedicated team with expertise in eating disorder assessment and treatment.

The service is based on the principles of recovery and participation. It focuses on delivering therapies that are sensitive to age, gender, spirituality and culture.

The EDP provides Maudsley Family-Based Therapy for Adolescents (up to age 18) and Adult Day Program for adults aged 18 and over.

The EDP is a specialist service, meaning that the person’s primary presenting issue must be their eating disorder. If you are experiencing other disorders, the EDP will provide secondary consultation and referral services.

The EDP is not a crisis or medical service and eligibility criteria apply. Please contact the Intake Officer on 02 5124 1235 for more information regarding eligibility criteria.

Contact Us

We can be contacted from 8:30 am to 4:51 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Phone: (02) 5124 1235
Fax: (02) 5124 1282

We are located at:
Phillip Health Centre
Cnr Keltie and Corinna Streets
Woden, ACT 2606

General Practitioners

Given the number of medical and health complications associated with eating disorders, GP’s are extremely important in the treatment process.

All people receiving therapy with the EDP are required to maintain regular contact with their GP.

The GP provides ongoing medical management including blood tests, medication and referrals to specialists.

GP Referral Form


All referrals to the EDP must come from a GP. This ensures ongoing medical monitoring throughout therapy as the EDP is not a medical service. It is important that your GP completes the referral form and conducts any required tests. 

The EDP triages all referrals made and attempts to respond as quickly as possible. A waiting list for assessment may occur at various times throughout the year. 

People contacting the EDP will speak to the EDP Intake Officer. The Intake Officer will run through the eligibility criteria, provide you with information about the therapy services available, the necessity of a GP referral and ask several questions about your current eating, health concerns and other mental health issues. They will then guide you through the next steps of the process.

GP Referral Form

Adult Day Program

The Adult Day Program is designed for ACT residents over the age of 18 years, who live with an eating disorder diagnosis as their primary presenting concern.

The Day Program operates on a 4-week cycle with a 2-week break. The break period provides an opportunity for participants to practise the skills learned in the Day Program.

The Day Program is conducted on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10:00am to 1:30pm with Clinical Reviews performed every 4 weeks.  The program involves:

Meal Therapy - The EDP provides supervision and support for 2 meals a day, morning tea and lunch, free of charge. Meal plans are developed by the EDP Dietitian.

Group Therapy – Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E) for Eating Disorders, Creative Therapy, Nutritional Education Sessions and Physical Health Education Sessions.

Review and Planning – An opportunity for participants to develop and reflect on their achievement of S.M.A.R.T. goals related to implementing strategies discussed and knowledge gained during meal and group therapy.

Each participant will also receive individual therapy alongside Day Program.

Maudsley Family-Based Therapy (FBT)

FBT (or Maudsley as it is sometimes called) is a form of family therapy used to treat Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN) in young people aged 12 to 18 years.

FBT is an intensive full family intervention initially requiring weekly sessions that all family members attend. It requires significant commitment from parents and works on the idea that parents are the best people to bring their child back to full health, given their knowledge of their child, and their dedication to their child’s wellbeing.

The therapist’s role is to support parents and carers in this endeavour.

The EDP Team

The team comprises a total of 6 staff including:

  • An Operational and Clinical Manager
  • Eating Disorder Therapists (psychologists, occupational therapists, and/or social workers)
  • A Dietitian
  • A Nurse 
  • An Office Administrator 

The Eating Disorders Program also has a part-time consultant psychiatrist, available for people engaged in the EDP therapy services.

Secondary Consultation

Clinicians from the Eating Disorders Program are available for secondary consultation and liaison if an eating disorder is not your primary health concern. Please contact us on 02 6205 1519.

Page last updated on: 6 Feb 2020