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Eating disorders

General practice

Services delivered within a general practice setting, including a person's usual GP and practice nurse

What is it?

A general practitioner (GP) is a doctor who provides general healthcare for all physical and mental health concerns.

Your GP will provide ongoing care as you work towards your recovery goals.

Continuing to see your GP regularly alongside other services and supports is important for someone with an eating disorder. Your GP will:

  • monitor your physical and mental health through regular appointments
  • provide ongoing emotional support
  • make and follow up on referrals to other services.

What can someone expect?

Your GP may develop a care plan with you. It may be called an Eating Disorder Treatment and Management Plan (EDTMP), a Mental Health Treatment Plan and/or a Chronic Disease Management Plan.

These treatment plans generally involve referral into allied health services and psychology and counselling.

Your treatment plan can have multiple steps and often multiple services working together. Engaging a multidisciplinary team of providers is important for recovery from an eating disorder. Your GP’s role is to monitor and review the progress of your treatment plan, which involves regular communication and coordination with other providers involved in your treatment.

Your GP will also undertake regular monitoring of your physical and mental health. When you attend an appointment with your GP, they may ask to weigh you and observe your blood pressure, pulse rate and temperature. You can request to be ‘blind weighed’ by the GP, which is where only your GP sees the weight measurement. Your GP may also ask to do regular blood tests, heart monitoring or urinalysis.

It's important to continue seeing your GP regularly and keep them updated on any eating-disorder-related thoughts or behaviours.

Who is this for?

If you have an active eating disorder and are engaging with other supports or services, you should continue to see your GP regularly.

How can someone access it?

Continue to schedule regular appointments with your GP.

If you feel that your usual GP isn’t appropriate (e.g. insufficient training in eating disorders, unable to schedule regular appointments), or you don’t have a usual GP, you can search for one using one of the following online databases of trained health professionals:

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