Response to Treasure and Schmidt: joined-up care for youth-onset eating disorders

Stephen Allison, Tracey Wade, Megan Warin, Randall Long, Tarun Bastiampillai, Jeffrey C.L. Looi

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Dear Sir,
Treasure and Schmidt’s reply to our article on lifespan eating disorder (ED) services reinforces the concerns about discontinuities in care during the transition from child and adolescent (CAMHS) to adult (AMHS) mental health services. These discontinuities occur during the peak age of onset for EDs, which is the period of greatest acuity with the highest hospitalisation rates and community service use. This is also the time when youth can most benefit from early intervention during the first stages of an ED.

We proposed that adult ED services should ‘reach down’ to early adolescence, in order to provide continuity of care across the lifespan, an approach tested in South Australia...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274
Number of pages1
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number2
Early online date12 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • eating disorders
  • health care delivery
  • discontinuity


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