Eating Disorders Working Group of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Information about the Eating Disorders Working Group – MBS item range, membership and meeting dates.

Page last updated: 25 March 2019

The Eating Disorders Working Group was established in response to a request from the Minister of Health for the taskforce to investigate Medicare funding for the treatment of eating disorders.

MBS item range
Membership
Meeting dates

MBS item range

Currently, there are no MBS items specifically for the treatment of eating disorders. The Working Group has considered the MBS items that could be used for treatment of eating disorders.
    • Chronic Disease Management Plan:
      • Category 1 – Professional Attendances
      • Group A6 – Group therapy
        170-172 (3 Items)
      • Group A8 - Consultant Psychiatrist attendance
        291-370 (47 Items)
      • Group A15 – GP Management Plans, Team Care Arrangements, Multidisciplinary Care Plans
        Subgroup 2 – Case Conferences
        655-866 (6 items)
      • Group A20 – GP Mental Health Treatment
        Subgroup 1 - GP Mental Health Treatment Plans
        2700-2717 (6 Items)
        Subgroup 2 – Focused Psychological Strategies
        2721-2727 (4 Items)
    • Category 8 – Miscellaneous Services
      • Group M3 – Allied Health Services
        10954-10958 (3 Items)
        10968 (1 Item)
      • Group M6 – Psychological Therapy Services
        80000-80021 (8 Items)
      • Group M7 – Focused Psychological Strategies (Allied Mental Health)
        80100-80171 (24 Items)
      • Group M14 – Nurse Practitioner
        Subgroup 2 – Telehealth Attendance
        82200-82225 (6 Items)
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait related item 81300-60; 10950-70
    • Dietetics

Membership

  • Dr Lee Gruner – Chair; MBS Review Taskforce
  • Dr Catherine Andronis – General Practitioner; Private Practice, Access Health and Community, Victoria; medical psychotherapist, private practice
  • Dr Leanne Barren - General Practitioner; General Practice, Queensland University of Technology Eating Disorder Clinic, Brisbane
  • Prof Phillipa Hay – Psychiatrist; Chair of Mental Health, Western Sydney University, Director Eating Disorder Unit Wesley Hospital Ashfield, Consultant Psychiatrist Campbelltown Hospital SWSLDH, past-President of the Australian Academy for Eating Disorders; Past Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Mr Shane Jeffrey – Accredited Practising Dietitian Private Practice, Treasurer Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, Associate Lecturer School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences University of Queensland
  • Prof Lyn Littlefiled - Psychologist; Member of General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee
  • Dr Sloane Madden – Psychiatrist; Coordinator and Director for Eating Disorder Service, Sydney Children's Hospital Network; past President of the Australian and NZ Academy of Eating Disorder
  • Dr Sarah Maguire - Psychologist; Director & NSW Statewide Eating Disorders Coordinator, InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders
  • Ms Peta Marks – Credentialed Mental Health Nurse; Professional Development and National Project Manager, the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • Dr Richard Newton – Psychiatrist; Medical Director, and Clinical Director for Body Imaging Eating Disorders Treatment and Recovery (BERRS), Butterfly Foundation Expert Advisory Group, Austin Medical Service, Melbourne; Clinical A/Prof of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne
  • A/Prof Genevieve Pepin – Occupational Therapist; Associate Professor and discipline lead, Faculty of Health, Deakin University
  • Dr Di Stow – Counsellor
  • Ms Bronny Carroll – Consumer representative
  • Ms Helen Maxwell-Wright – Consumer representative, Director Maxwell-Wright Associates, Panel of Chairs, Monitoring Committee, Medicines Australia, Quality & Safety Group, College of Intensive Care Medicine.

Meeting dates

  • 1 March 2018
  • 19 April 2018
  • 30 May 2018
  • 4 September 2018
  • 8 November 2018

Government response


The Government announced an investment of more than $110 million to fund the first dedicated Medicare services for patients with eating disorders. From 1 November 2019, patients with anorexia nervosa and patients with other eating disorders with complex needs will be eligible to receive Medicare rebates for the development and review of a comprehensive treatment and management plan and up to 40 psychological and 20 dietetic services per year, depending on their needs.