Suffering from an eating disorder can be a very lonely, distressing and confusing experience.
Treatment for Eating Disorders
Most people sense that something needs to change in their life, that they cannot go on living with the restrictions that an eating disorder puts on their lives; but thinking about making a change and possibly breaking free from the disorder can also seem terrifying and for some, unimaginable.
Robina Private Hospital has a range of evidence-based treatment options for adolescents and adults with an eating disorder aimed to assist with recovery.
Eating Disorders Program for Adolescents and Adults
Designed for adolescents and adults with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa; Bulimia Nervosa; Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) or Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder and their families and carers. This is eight week program is appropriate when the patient does not require inpatient care, but needs more intensive support than offered by usual outpatient treatment.
The program may also be able to facilitate earlier discharge from inpatient care as a step down option.
The purpose of the program is to provide intensive treatment over a short period of time helping patients get back on track, challenging unhelpful thinking and eating disorder behaviours, and enable a return to health and functioning. Group therapy offers the opportunity for patients to share their experiences as well as draw on the collective strength and knowledge of the group and others.
The program is made up of a multidisciplinary team who utilises efficacious and evidence based treatment of eating disorders under the following structure:
This Multiple Family Group Therapy (MFT) program is designed for people aged 14 to 19 who are struggling with an eating disorder. It provides an alternative to an inpatient admission, and may be suitable when the patient and family require more intensive support than outpatient treatment.
Dr Vinay Garbharran is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. He completed his medical training at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa, immigrated to Australia in 1999 and by 2005 had gained his specialist qualifications in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
He worked for 12 years as a Consultant Psychiatrist, Gold Coast CYMHS, in community, in-patient, and Paediatric Liaison settings until his departure in December 2016. He is thus experienced in managing patients with Eating Disorders across all these settings during the various stages of their recovery.
Dr Garbharran also holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor – School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University. He’s currently an investigator on their ‘OCD Busters’ research programme.
Dr Kim Hurst
Dr Kim Hurst is a Senior Psychologist who specialises in child and adolescent and young adult eating disorders. She has been delivering Maudsley Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced (CBT-e) for over nine years and is a credentialed FBT therapist that provides training, supervision and consultation to clinicians across Queensland.
Kim has worked across a range of treatment settings including psychiatric and medical inpatient units and outpatient services. Kim has developed specialist eating disorder clinical policies and is focused on service improvement strategies to enhance treatment delivery.
Dr Hurst has a solid record of presenting at several local, national and international eating disorder conferences and has several published works within the field.
Referrals and Appointments
Appointments or referrals to the Eating Disorders Day Program or Eating Disorders Private Practice can be made by calling Robina Private Hospital 07 5665 5155 or faxing 07 5665 5198.