Keep the Mandometer Clinic open in Australia.
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Yesterday the closure of the Mandometer Clinic in Melbourne, Australia was announced due to lack of funding and support from the Australian Government.
I was a patient at the Mandometer Clinic in Stockholm from 2006 - 2010, and it saved my life.
The Mandometer Clinics offer treatment for eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa using the Mandometer Method; an evidence based treatment that teaches you how to eat and to recognise hunger and satiety signals. The Mandometer Method is equally effective for all types of eating disorders.
They have shown that when eating behaviour is normalised and patients are able to recognise sensations of hunger and satiety that their other symptoms, such as, depression, anxiety and obsessive acts and thoughts disappear. Normalising eating behaviour is the key to treating an eating disorder, therefore training to eat with the Mandometer® device is an important part of treatment.
In addition to normalising eating behaviour, they use thermal therapy to keep patients warm, to minimise anxiety, and to prevent excessive activity. The treatment also focuses on social reconstruction and confidence building. They also offer an education program for patients who are in school. The treatment usually takes place without the use of psychoactive drugs.
The Mandometer Clinics have shown that anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders are not chronic diseases, and that it is possible to recover without permanent problems. When the cause of a condition is known, and effective treatment is available stigma diminishes. The patients are and proud and happy to talk about their recovery. Confidence increases when treatment is humane and optimised for behavioural change.
The program currently had a 0% mortality rate.
It's an incredible shame that a proven eating disorder treatment is being pushed out of Australia. Hiding a treatment that can save someone's life, is a disgrace, and I have created this petition because I can't let the closure of this treatment go unheard.
Stephanie Sparks (nee Kramer)
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