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 support provides assistance to families and carers of people living with an eating disorder. This includes: 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. This can be a family member, partner, best friend, health professional, school counsellor, chaplain or other significant person.
Providing information about eating disorders, and treatment options. We can guide you towards training or support groups for Queensland carers throughout the state. We provide a referral list of health professionals with eating disorder experience in your local area.
We provide free phone, email or face to face coaching for individual carers and/or families. This is 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 longer process. It usually involves an initial phone or face to face contact with a practitioner and/or the completion of a pre-session questionnaire. A 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. Also aspects of treatment such as the medical management of eating disorders and nutritional rehabilitation and 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. It aims to help Queensland carers understand more about eating disorders and ways to support recovery. You'll learn how to 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. You will 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.