Our Services

BETRS provides a range of services and treatment options including:

Clinical Intake Service

Provides phone based assessment, brief intervention, support, referral and appropriate communication with treating health professionals. BETRS provides a smooth ‘easy in easy out, easy back’ approach to accessing services.

Assessment and Treatment Planning Service

Comprehensive assessments conducted by clinical professionals within the multidisciplinary team inform tailored treatment plans. The treatment plans specify the range of interventions required to best meet the needs identified throughout the assessment. Assessment by the team precedes access to any of the treatment services at BETRS.

Family Interventions

BETRS has a strong commitment to working in collaboration with families and carers where possible. We utilise a single session approach to support families to identify their needs and create a plan together to support them. This can include family work as part of the treatment offered at BETRS or linking in with appropriate community supports.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy – Eating Disorders (CBT-E)

CBT-E is a specific manualised treatment written by Christopher Fairburn (Fairburn, 2008). It is comprised of four stages of treatment – initially focussing on establishing real time food diary recording, collaborative weighing and regular eating patterns followed by addressing the maintaining factors of the eating disorder through cognitive challenges and behavioural experiments.

BETRS currently offer the 20 session version of CBT-E which involves 20 sessions over 20 weeks. Suitability for CBT-E treatment is determined during the assessment phase.

Day Program

The Day Patient Program (DPP) is an intensive group based outpatient treatment option for individuals with eating disorders. Suitability for DPP will be assessed on an individual basis however it can be useful for people with a range of eating disorder symptoms including restrictive eating, binge eating, purging, and excessive exercise.

Individuals who would like to participate in DPP need to be medically stable enough to be treated safety in the community.

For some individuals, DPP can be an alternative to inpatient care and it can also be a useful step in the transition to home after intensive inpatient treatment. Length of engagement in the program is determined by individually established goals and progress. The program is free but small costs are involved (for example the cost of meals during social outings). 

The DPP facilitates the recovery process for individuals who are motivated to undertake health restoration and the management of disordered eating behaviours.

The program is an open, structured group program that supports participants to achieve individually negotiated health restoration goals. Groups focus on supporting motivation and managing feelings while working on health related goals. Meal support is provided as part of the program.

Group sessions include:

  • Meal support
  • Real time self-monitoring and review
  • Weight group
  • Nutrition education
  • Medical education
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • DBT skills
  • Communication skills
  • Goal setting
  • Keys to recovery 
  • Social eating challenges

The DPP runs on weekdays during business hours.

COVID-19 update:

The DPP is currently being offered in person at BETRS with reduced capacity and within the guidelines issues by St Vincent’s Health infection control. DPP is no longer available via telehealth. An example of the current timetable can be found here (please note this timetable should be used as a guide only and the program will continue to change as required).

Inpatient Unit

A specialist inpatient program is available for people whose needs have not been met in a community-based treatment setting. The unit is a tertiary regional service primarily aimed at adults with Anorexia Nervosa and uses a structured psychotherapeutic approach. The Inpatient program has two arms:

A medical rescue service aimed at people with significant medical compromise secondary to their eating disorder who require urgent nutritional and health restoration
A longer term therapeutic arm for those patients who are actively seeking inpatient treatment to assist in long term recovery from their eating disorder.

Admissions to the program are arranged following agreement with the Consultant in charge of the program. Most routine requests for an admission should be referred to the BETRS Intake Service between 9.30am and 11.30am Monday to Friday on 9231 5718.