Evaluation of the Eating Disorder Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) Items

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

La Trobe submits its response on behalf of a consortium of seven academic partners with internationally recognised academic topic and method experts, including co-lead partner Deakin University, as well as Australian National University, Flinders University, Monash University and Western Sydney University (collectively ‘the Consortium’). This multi-disciplinary group provides the Department with the necessary skills, expertise and capacity to achieve its project objectives. The following sections outline the Consortium’s proposed approach and team, including the articulation of a governance model designed to ensure timely completion of the required services by the end of 2023.
The Consortium understands that the Australian Government introduced 64 Medicare items for people with eating disorders in late 2019. The intention has been to enable patients to have access to up to 40 psychological and 20 dietetic services per year. This new initiative has been designed to support a model of evidence-based care for those eligible for this scheme, in turn improving outcomes for individuals with eating disorders. The proposed formal and independent evaluation will identify if the ED-MBS items are operating as intended for patients and their families, clinicians, and the Government, and in doing so inform Government and key stakeholders on how the ED-MBS items have achieved their aims and objectives.
Effective start/end date19/05/2328/06/24


  • Department of Health and Aged Care (Australia): A$417,302.00


  • eating disorders
  • program evaluation
  • Medicare