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the Australian centre for health system research and translation in eating disorders

detection and intervention system-focused knowledge to drive better outcomes in mainstream care for eating disorders 

The mainstream centre is a multi-site, multi-disciplinary research and translation team from across Australia uniting to better understand eating disorders and improve treatments for people with a lived and living experience of eating disorders, their families, carers and supports.

We know that those with an eating disorder can make a full recovery if given the right treatment at the right time. However, the Australian health system has a late-stage intervention approach, primarily focusing on treating acute illness in hospital, rather than early identification and intervention.  


We want to change this by building systems to assess and monitor health system performance, design and evaluate scalable and effective models of care, prevent spiraling health care costs, and integrate the voice of lived experience in health system research.

Consolidate and connect health administrative data from across the health care system to better understand presentations, interventions and outcomes

Build health economic models to explore and ensure cost-effective and equitable care across different community groups, geographical locations and diagnostic groups

Understand the experience of eating disorders, treatment experience, barriers to seeking care and quality of life from the perspective of the individual, carers and clinicians

Test scalable models of care from the perspectives of the individual, the family, the community and the health care system at real-world research translation hubs created across Australia.

our strategies

mainstream has been established to work across 4 key strategies:

mainstream is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care National Health and Medical Research Council MRFF Million Minds Mission

our collaborating partners

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