Media Release: Plans for Local Eating Disorder Facility Neglected Amid Budget Surplus

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Federal Member for Canning, the Hon Andrew Hastie MP, has criticised WA Labor’s decision to reallocate $4 million for the establishment of an eating disorder clinic at the Peel Health Campus, into early intervention and treatment services.

In 2019, the former Coalition government delivered $25 million towards the upgrade of the Peel Health Campus, with $4 million designated to a residential eating disorder treatment centre.

Mr Hastie said the Cook Government, including the three state Labor MPs in the Peel Region, are ignoring the needs of the community.

"While I acknowledge the importance of early intervention services, these funds were originally intended for a dedicated treatment centre at the Peel Health Campus," Mr Hastie said.

“Health service professionals in the Peel Region have told me that the demand for a residential eating disorder facility has significant increased, particularly in the last few years.

“It’s not good enough that people in my community experiencing eating disorders are missing out on the specialised services they desperately need.”

The decision follows the Cook Government’s announcement of a projected $3.7 billion budget surplus for the 2023-24 financial year.

“WA Labor has their priorities all wrong – while they sit on another surplus, they are failing to address the genuine needs of our community,” Mr Hastie said.

“It’s time to get on with the job of fixing the Peel Health Campus, and establishing a residential eating disorder facility, as promised.”

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