The Hollywood Clinic opens a unique day program for patients with eating disorders
Jun 17, 2013
A new initiative at The Hollywood Clinic now offers patients diagnosed with eating disorders the option of a comprehensive day program.
- New day program will address an increase in demand for eating disorder services
- Unique program structure provides powerful experiential care
- Multidisciplinary team ensures a comprehensive approach
Commencing on 24 June 2013, patients can attend the Hollywood Clinic program for up to five days a week, in accordance with their individual treatment plan.
Complementing the existing and well regarded in-patient program at The Hollywood Clinic, the new Day Patient Eating Disorders Program provides a service for those patients aged 16 years and over with a minimum BMI (body mass index) of 15, who do not require hospitalisation.
The unique structure of the day program combines cognitive behavioural therapy groups with supported meals, exposure to social food settings and food preparation activities. The goal is to provide a powerful experiential opportunity to reduce disordered eating behaviours.
A multidisciplinary team comprising a consultant psychiatrist, psychologists, dieticians, clinical nurse and art therapists will ensure a comprehensive approach to addressing the range of factors that create and maintain eating disorders. A patient's GP remains pivotal in monitoring their health.
Program Director, psychiatrist Dr Eileen Tay, said the incidence of eating disorders has increased in recent years, putting pressure on existing services.
"There are currently no community-based interventionist programs offering daily group support for adults with eating disorders," said Dr Tay.
"Disordered eating can significantly impair physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Left unattended, eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can continue to present a significant mortality risk.
"Indeed, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness, and our new program aims to ensure adequate services are available for patients before they reach the need for hospitalisation."
Hollywood Private Hospital Chief Executive Officer Peter Mott said the new day program was part of The Hollywood Clinic's ongoing commitment to excellence.
"The Hollywood Clinic has grown over the years into a highly regarded centre of excellence in psychiatric care," said Mr Mott. "The new day program will enhance that commitment by providing a much-needed service.
"The day program also complements our existing in-patient mental health services, which are currently being expanded through the addition of a new wing that will add another 30 beds and have a gymnasium, dining room, doctors consulting rooms and staff rooms."
For more information on the Day Patient Eating Disorders Program please contact The Hollywood Clinic on 9346 6805 or ask your GP to refer you.
The Hollywood Clinic is located at Hollywood Private Hospital in Nedlands and has a long-standing reputation of excellence in the treatment of eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, amongst others.
The $6.9 million expansion of the Hollywood Clinic is part of a major $70.2 million expansion of Hollywood Private Hospital that will add six new operating theatres, a kitchen and 184 car bays. The project also includes two new wards.
Hollywood Private Hospital is a modern, state-of-the-art acute care hospital in Nedlands. The hospital is a part of Ramsay Health Care Group – Australia's largest private hospital operator.
The hospital has over 830 accredited specialist doctors across a wide range of specialty areas including psychiatry, orthopaedics, urology, cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology, rehabilitation, general and plastic surgery and general medicine.