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Navigating the new MBS Eating Disorder items

Presenters: Dr Gabriella Heruc, Dr Randall Long and Dr Kiera Buchanan

Monday 16 December (1 hour duration) 

9pm New Zealand; 7pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 6pm QLD; 6.30pm SA; 5.30pm NT; 4pm WA
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The pioneering changes to MBS funding for eating disorder treatment have commenced, significantly improving access to treatment for the most severe and complex patients.
However, this also brings with it questions for many clinicians:

  • Which patients are eligible?
  • Can a patient also access a Mental Health Care Plan?
  • How can waitlists be managed?
  • What psychological treatment is allowed under the scheme?
  • Can comorbidities be treated under the scheme?
  • And more!

This webinar will provide clinicians with an overview of the MBS eating disorder pathway, patient eligibility, referral options and clinical management, with time for asking questions to our multidisciplinary panel. Procedural related questions may be referred to Medicare for a response.

This webinar is open access and available for all to register.


Dr Gabriella Heruc is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, with a background in psychology. She has worked in mental health for almost 20 years and specialises in the nutritional management of eating disorders in private practice as well as at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Eating Disorders Intensive Program for Adolescents (EDIPA). She was also a member of the Medicare Implementation Liaison Group for the new item numbers.

Dr Randall Long is a Senior Staff Specialist at the Department of Psychiatry in Flinders Medical Centre and a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. He is the Head of Unit of the Statewide Eating Disorder Service. He leads a multidisciplinary team to provide care to patients with Eating Disorders.

Dr. Kiera Buchanan is a Clinical and Health Psychologist as well as the Founding Director of Centre for Integrative Health; a multidisciplinary clinic devoted to eating and weight concerns. Kiera is particularly passionate about addressing the gaps in service delivery whilst also reducing the demand on public and tertiary services.

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