CEO Corner – December Update

 CEO Corner

It’s here! Take a breather time.

The small moments of self-care and aiming for progress, NOT perfection, give us the space to allow for some gratitude.


As the CEO of such a vibrant and dedicated organisation, I am incredibly grateful for the team that drives EDQ.

The EDQ team pictured on our annual team day – enjoying lunch at Chu the Phat in South Brisbane


I am grateful for the fantastic sector partners EDQ has, who made time to have breakfast with us at our AGM in November.

EDQ was very happy to announce the appointment of Dr Warren Ward to the EDQ Board. Warren has been incredibly supportive, especially around developing the lived experience voice, for EDQ.

Welcome to the EDQ community Warren.

Warren at a past EDQ event


Associate Professor Ward is recognised as a national expert in the field of anorexia nervosa, particularly in service models, inpatient treatment, and medical management. He has been Chair of the Queensland Health Eating Disorder Advisory Group for fifteen years. In 2017 he was recognised with an Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Distinguished Achievement; also, in 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Eating Disorders in recognition of his contributions to the field.

Thank you, Sandra Eyre, Senior Director of Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy and Planning Branch, Clinical Planning and Service Strategy Division | Queensland Health, Mike Bosel, CEO of PHN Brisbane South and Jodie Ashworth, Executive Director at Wandi Nerida, for joining us at the AGM.

I also want to express my immense gratitude for the long-time and volunteer service of our retiring board members, Stacey Horder and Anastasia Blake. Stacey was instrumental in her contribution to the merger of EDA with TEIC- now EDQ; she supported me in this very momentous event of bringing our organisations together to better support Carers/Key Supports and individuals. Anastasia will stay on with EDQ in her capacity as Chief Volunteer Cook.



Thank you to the Mental Health Commissioner, Ivan Frkovic, for inviting me to participate in the Queensland Mental Health Commission’s Leading Reform Summit 2022. As a Mental Health Sector, we can deliver client-centred services driven by the lived experience voice. I also got to catch up with my colleagues, the CEO of Stepping Stone Clubhouse, Melanie and Emma from QAMH.

Emma, Belinda, and Melanie at the Leading Reform Summit


Jodie also invited Sandra, Dr John Allen, Kevin Barrow and other Queensland Health representatives to visit Wandi Nerida. We met with the current participants, who shared their experiences and advocated for funding through Queensland Health for this residential treatment facility.

Kevin and John at Wandi Nerida


Qld Health Representatives at Wandi Nerida


(Centre) Jodie Ashworth at Wandi Nerida


Gratitude to all our community: participants, carers, key supports, mentors, and volunteers.

Twinkle lights are the perfect metaphor for joy. Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments – often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we’re too busy chasing down extraordinary moments. Other times we’re so afraid of the dark that we don’t dare let ourselves enjoy the light. I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration and faith.” Brene Brown

Belinda Chelius


Eating Disorders Qld