Mike and the Labor candidate for Aston, Rupert Evans, attended the launch of the Positive Eating and Changing Habits (PEACH) program at headspace Knox this week.
The Peach Program is an intensive outpatient program supporting young people with eating disorders. It is delivered through an 8 week step up, step down program that enables participants to also step in and step out as desired or needed.
The Peach Program is available at Knox headspace because the Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local recognised a need in the local community for this type of service as eating disorders are serious mental illnesses which have a devastating impact individuals and families across communities.
Federal Labor has provided $150,000 to the Butterfly Foundation to develop viable service delivery models to guide ongoing treatment options for eating disorders.
The program which is based on the Butterfly model has been tailored to the needs of the community and will be delivered by the Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local in partnership with headspace Knox and Knox community health service.
Medicare Locals are a part the Labor Government’s National Health Reform agenda. An agenda that’s changing the landscape of Australian healthcare – from a system focussed on the best treatments for people who are sick in hospital, to one that keeps people well too.
The Rudd Labor Government has invested over $1.8 billion in 61 Medicare Locals across Australia to bring decision making to a local level.
The flexible funding arrangement enables Medicare Locals to be responsive and innovative when meeting the unique needs of their communities.
Only Labor will continue to invest in Australia’s world class health and hospital system.