Q: How much does counselling cost?
A: EDQ offers a range of options including free individual counselling; Carer and Family single session consultation and Medicare rebate options with our eligible psychologist and social worker.
Q: How long has Eating Disorders Queensland been operating?
A merger of the Eating Issues Centre (TEIC) and Eating Disorders Association (EDA) in Brisbane, on 5 October 2018, created the largest community service in Queensland offering support and treatment for individuals living with and recovering from eating disorders, their Carers and loved ones. The new entity – Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ), based in Toowong – is a state-wide not-for-profit organisation funded by Queensland Health to provide integrated eating disorder support services to Qld individuals and families living with and recovering from eating disorders, their carers and loved ones.
Q: Why does someone have an eating disorder?
A: The eating disorder is an attempt to deal with and address a larger and more substantial trauma or conflict. Through listening to those who come to us, we hear about their lives, their difficulties with food and their sense of themselves. Each story is unique, yet there are some important common areas: a fundamental and deep-seated loss of self-esteem; an experience loss of power and control over their lives; and contradictions and conflicts exist in their lives.
Q: What causes an eating disorder?
A: It is now widely recognised that eating disorders are caused by a complex interplay of individual, family, and social factors. Five key factors can contribute to - and maintain - eating disorders. These are: society & culture (culture, community attitudes, influence of schools, workplaces, religion, etc.); gender (influence of perceptions, expectations and experiences around being female/male, or not fitting into gendered categories); family & personal relationships (influences from family, domestic situation, genetics, relationships, expectations and experiences etc.); individual (influences of your personality, thinking, your body, perfectionism, personal experiences etc.); and a complex interaction of some or all of the above factors.
Q: What is the Eating Disorders Queensland position on bio-medical methods in treating eating behaviours?
A: EDQ offers an complementary but also alternative service to the biomedical model. We recognise the medical implications of eating issues and encourage those with eating disorders to access appropriate medically based support alongside our therapeutic services. However, to use our service you do not need to be medically diagnosed with an eating issue.
Q: What services do we offer?
EDQ offers a range of services to help those affected by eating disorders in some way: Carer and Family support and coaching, individual counselling; professional group therapy; peer mentor programs; talks & workshops; information & referral; training & resources.
Q: What do we know about eating disorders?
A: There’s a lot we don’t know. But there are also a few things we do – and they include:
the common age of onset is during adolescence, there are no known biological causes of eating disorders and eating disorders occur predominately within Western countries. It is now widely recognised that eating disorders are caused by a complex interplay of individual, family, and social factors. 5 key factors can contribute to - and maintain - eating disorders. These are: society & culture; gender; family & personal relationships; individual; and a complex interaction of some or all of the above factors.
Q: Can men access services at Eating Disorders Queensland?
A: Definitely! Men can access individual counselling, information and referral and access all resources at EDQ. We are also keen to involve men with experience of eating disorders in forming supportive groups tailored to men’s issues.