Carers and key supports play an important role in supporting their loved one's eating disorder recovery.

A ‘carer’ or ‘key support’ is anyone supporting an individual with an eating disorder. A parent, sibling, partner, best friend, grandparent, or other significant person.

Services for Carers and Key Supports

Our services are funded by Queensland health, so there is no cost to Carer/Key Supports. Our services are offered online and in-person, for statewide access (or Queensland residents). 

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These include:

  • Individual Coaching
  • Fostering Recovery Workshops
  • Carer Connect Group
  • Carer Peer Mentor Program
  • Re-Connect events

The intention of our services is to provide information, support, skills, empowerment and connection for family members, carers and key support people.

Our hope is that the provision of these services assists families, carers and key support people in their caring role, whilst maintaining their own health and wellbeing.

For information, resources and Vodcast episodes, please go to our Resource page.

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Coaching Sessions

Individual Coaching is provided by our Carer & Key Support Coaches. 
Sessions aim to help carer & key supports develop an understanding of eating disorders and ways to support their loved one. 
Sessions are solution focused and tailored to each carer/key supports needs. Coaches work collaboratively to identify the challenges a carer is experiencing in supporting their loved one and to provide them with practical skills and strategies. There is no limit to the number of sessions a carer/key support can access. 


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Fostering Recovery Workshops

The Fostering Recovery Workshop is an evidence-based 1-day workshop that aims to help family members, carers and key support people increase their understanding of eating disorders and ways to support their loved one’s recovery.

This workshop is co-facilitated by a Carer & Key Supports Coach and a Lived Experience Worker, and is based on the work of Professor Janet Treasure. Topics include: 

  • Understanding eating disorders 
  • Stages of change
  • Caring styles
  • Meal Support Approaches 
  • Communication Skills 
  • Collaborative Care Model

Feedback about the workshop includes:

“I feel much more empowered after the workshop and have more confidence in my ability to tackle the challenges ahead …” and

“Excellent content & delivery, clear explanations & examples. Use of time for discussion was well managed”.

Carer Connect Group

The Carer Connect Group provides a space for Carers/Key Support people to connect with each other and talk about thier experience supporting a loved one through eating disorder recovery.


The group is co-facilitated by a Carer & Key Support Coach and a Lived Experience Worker, and is run monthly. Each group features a different topic or guest speaker. 

The group aims to be informative and to support families and carers to support their loved ones. The evening is an opportunity to connect with others who are going through a similar journey and to hear different experiences and insights.

Feedback from people who have attended Carer Connect evenings:

“Connection with others who understand”,

“Nice to meet people who have been through the same thing”,

“Everyone is open, caring, supportive, no judgement.”

Carer Peer Mentor Program

The Carer Peer Mentor Program matches individuals who are currently supporting a loved one in their recovery from an eating disorder, with a “mentor” who has been through this journey with a loved one, and who would now like to provide connection, support and hope for other carers.

The program follows a strengths-based model and recognises the value of a carer’s lived experience specific to eating disorders, and the skills and knowledge developed as a result of their own caring role. All carer mentors are provided with training and support throughout the duration of the program.

Re-Connect Events

Throughout the year we run events tailored to carers/key supports to provide information, support and connection. 

Our Re-Connect events are themed events and often feature a guest speaker. They are accessible to past and current clients, or carers who have not yet linked in with the service. 

Additional Information and Training 

Shared Table Meal Support Online Training

This training has been designed to assist carers in the provision of meal support.  It includes information about the stages of meal support, communication skills, setting rules, boundaries and non-negotiables, and provides an in-depth look at the role nutrition plays in recovery.

Click here to access the training. 

Dates and registration details

For dates and registration details for upcoming carer events, view the calendar here

Additional Resources and Vodcasts

For additional resources and vodcast episodes, please go to our Resources page.  

To connect with our Carer & Key Supports Team, please send us an email at [email protected] or call 3844 6055. 

Donate today

All donations over $2 to Eating Disorders Queensland are tax deductible and give real people access to counselling, practical assistance to support recovery, groups, equipment for the centre and books for our library. You can make a one-off or regular monthly donation. We would love to acknowledge your generosity and support. Please let us know if you would like to be listed as one of our supporters on either our website or in our annual report.

Get involved

Volunteers support our valuable work and goals. We offer a range of volunteering opportunities across a broad range of interest areas, such as event planning, administration tasks, cooking, and gardening. Join our volunteer team or keep an eye out for specific volunteer opportunities via our social media.

Eating Disorders Queensland

We support a vibrant community of individuals recovering from an eating disorder, including people with lived experiences, carers and family members.

51 Edmondstone Street,
Yuggera Country,
South Brisbane, QLD 4101

CALL: (07) 3844 6055

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