Artius is proud to announce that it has been selected to play a key role in an exciting trial of innovative new treatments for Sunshine Coast residents with eating disorders.

The ‘Sunshine Coast Eating Disorders Access Trial’ is a new initiative designed by the Butterfly Foundation and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health. This project will be Australia’s first trial of a best practice evidence-based approach to eating disorder treatment. Together with the Butterfly Foundation, other organisations involved in delivering the trial will include the Central Queensland, Wide Bay Sunshine Coast PHN, the Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network, the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute, Flinders University and Blackboro Associates and Artius Health.

Under the trial, people with eating disorders who live in relevant parts of the Sunshine Coast and meet trial eligibility criteria can access additional services under the Medicare MBS. Participants will access best-practice standard treatment including guided self-help, family-based treatment, cognitive behavioural therapy – enhanced, specialist supportive clinical management and treatments as specified in an individual psychiatric management plan.

The Butterfly Foundation has recently received global recognition for this new initiative at the International Conference for Eating Disorders and won the 2019 AED Meehan-Hartley Leadership Award for Public Service and Advocacy. 

The trial will see Artius assist over 200 new clients with or at risk of developing eating disorders over a 2-year period. Artius Managing Director, Paul Stokes, said, “We are very pleased to be partnering with such prestigious organisations to deliver this innovative trial, which has the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of this group of clients. The Artius team will act as a centralised referral intake and assessment hub to facilitate the connection of people with Eating Disorders to clinicians participating in the trial and also facilitate the collection of data for research and evaluation purposes. We look forward to contributing to this innovative program which will assist people with an Eating Disorder on the Sunshine Coast.”

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Media Contact: 
Paul Stokes

Managing Director

P: (07) 5644 9770