Carers, Families and Loved Ones

A ‘carer’ 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.

Carer and Family carer support includes services that provide families and carers of people living with an eating disorder. These include: Support, Information, Education and Skill development. Provision of these opportunities assist the carer to fulfill their caring role, while maintaining their own health and wellbeing.

 

By our definition a ‘carer’ 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 in the individual's life.

A ‘carer’ 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.

Information and Referral

We provide information about eating disorders, possible treatment options and a referral list of health professionals with eating disorder experience in your local Queensland area.

We can also guide you towards any training or support groups being held throughout the state.
 

Individualised Coaching

We provide free phone, email or face to face coaching for individual carers and/or families to help you develop an understanding of eating disorders and ways in which you can support your loved one.
These interventions are tailored to carers and family’s needs. We make use of Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Strategies or Single Session Consultations and Single Session Family Consultations

The aim of Single Session Consultations and Single Session Family Consultation is to assist you in identifying and targeting key concerns. A Coach will work with you to develop positive, suitable strategies and action plans and provide you with tools which will assist you as you support your loved one. Despite its name, Single Session Consultations is a process which usually involves an initial phone or face to face contact with a practitioner and/or the completion of a pre-session questionnaire; one 1-1.5 hour face-to-face/phone or skype session, and a follow-up phone call which is booked in by the coach at the end of the session. You are always welcome to come back for further consultations should the need arise.
 

Carer education (Family Information Day)

The Family Information Day provides you with an opportunity to hear experienced health professionals discuss treatment options, aspects of treatment such as the medical management of eating disorders and nutritional rehabilitation, as well as their roles in treatment. Additionally, you’ll hear from a carer of a recovered loved one and a recovered individual.

Skills Based Training

The 1-day Fostering Recovery Workshop is based on the work of Professor Janet Treasure and aims to help you (carers) understand more about eating disorders and ways to support recovery, make meal times less stressful, develop positive coping strategies and communication skills, and foster a healthier relationship with your loved one.
 

Family & Friends Support Group

The Family and Friends Support group provides you with an opportunity to hear from a carer who has supported their loved one to recover, meet with others similarly affected, and talk through issues you’re experiencing. The group is facilitated by a Family and Carer Coach.
 

Carer Peer Mentor Program

Our Carer Peer Mentor Program connects Queensland carers to be mentored by other carers who have supported a love one in their recovery. All carer mentors are extensively trained to provide non-clinical, additional support.