Eating Disorders Queensland’s (EDQ) response to Four Corners “Fading Away: Australia’s secret battle with eating disorders” segment
Four Corners aired an episode entitled “Fading Away: Australia’s secret battle with eating disorders” on
A ‘carer’ or ‘key support’ is anyone supporting an individual with an eating disorder. A parent, sibling, partner, best friend, grandparent, health professional, school counsellor, chaplain or other significant person.
Carers and key supports play a key role in supporting a loved one’s recovery journey. Increasing your understanding about eating disorders, learning new skills and strategies around communication, and managing your own emotions and expectations, can assist you in effectively supporting your loved one.
We can guide you towards training or support groups for Queensland carers throughout the state, and provide a referral list of health professionals with eating disorder experience in your local area.
To connect with any of our Carer or Key Support services, please contact EDQ.
Our Carer & Key Support Team have a range of services and support options for family members, carers and key support people who are supporting a loved one with an eating disorder.
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.
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 also provided online for carer statewide. It is based on the work of Janet Treasure and includes:
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 supportive and collaborative environment for family members, carers and key support people to come together and is facilitated by EDQ Family & Carer Coaches.
The group is run monthly from 6:30pm to 8:30pm (rotating between online and in-person) and focuses on different themes/topics each month related to eating disorder recovery, including guest speakers.
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.”
Family Coaching Sessions provide an opportunity for a carer and their loved one to collaboratively discuss practical strategies and action plans to enhance the individual’s recovery.
The sessions are provided for carers and loved ones who are both linked in with Eating Disorders Queensland and are Co-facilitated by a Carer Coach and your loved one’s Eating Disorders Queensland practitioner.
The Carer Peer Mentor Program connects and 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.
Throughout the year the Family and Carer Team run events tailored to Families, Carers and Key support people to provide information, support and connection.
Our Re-Connect events are themed events that are accessible to past, current Carer clients, or Carers who have not yet linked in with the service.
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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,
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
CALL: (07) 3844 6055
Estimated completion time is 10-15 minutes.
This form is for individuals seeking treatment for themselves.
If you are a carer/key support person, or looking for treatment for another person, please email email@example.com instead.
Hello, this will be your first step of engaging with Eating Disorders Qld. We acknowledge that it can be difficult to discuss your experiences with eating disorder/s and body image issues, particularly at first.
To make it a bit easier, we have developed this form that you can complete and send back to us before we call you.
You will receive a call to discuss the information provided, or we are happy to complete the form with you. During this call we can discuss any questions or touch on issues pertaining to the questions on the form.
After the phone assessment has been completed and we both feel that EDQ is a good fit one of our practitioners will arrange a more comprehensive ‘intake’ session.
During an intake session, you and the practitioner will review your needs, recovery goals and expectations of therapy/holistic recovery needs. This session takes around 90 minutes.
We will also go through Confidentiality and our shared Rights & Responsibilities. Looking forward to meeting you!
Due to the high demand for EDQ’s funded services, and allowing for fair equitable distribution of therapeutic resources to the community:
• EDQ requires 48 working hours’ notice of cancellation for all appointments
• In the event of 3 late cancellations or no-shows, your practitioner will discuss other support options with you before booking another appointment
EDQ acknowledges recovery and the therapeutic process is not linear. Please discuss any changing needs or barriers with your practitioner so EDQ can best support you and the greater community.
To access services with EDQ, we require that you engage regularly with a GP to monitor your medical stability. As part of this process, a GP will need to sign EDQ’s client medical clearance form. Medical monitoring is required for all clients, no matter what kind of eating disorder behaviour is present. Eating disorders have significant impacts on physical health.
If you do not currently have a suitable GP, please let us know and we can assist you to find one.