The closure of the Eating Disorders Association of South Australia (EDASA) is terrible news for the South Australian community and emergency funding should be provided immediately to save the important service, Greens health spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC says.
“The closure of EDASA at the end of the month due to lack of funding is terrible news for South Australians,” Ms Franks said.
“This is an indictment on the Government’s care for those who struggle with these awful illnesses.
“EDASA is a critically important service and it is disappointing to hear that they have approached both the State Government and SA Health seeking funding assistance without success.
“Anyone who has heard the stories, or come into contact with people with eating disorders, knows that they can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families.
“Each year EDASA helps about 1200 people through counselling, workshops and phone support – it is vital work that must be continued.
"Wiping our hands of the care needed to save lives and provide support is not an option our Government should be supporting. The Butterfly Foundation does great work but our state needs a local service not just a national hotline.
“I urge the South Australian Government to provide emergency funding immediately so EDASA can remain operational while they consider long-term grant and funding options for this important non-profit,” Ms Franks concluded.