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
The groups are held in a safe and supportive environment. These groups are open to people of all genders from age 16 years.
The 10-week group aims to create a safe and supportive environment. This allows people to explore some of the underlying reasons why we might be struggling with eating disorders. We look at a range of topics including feelings and needs, relationships and communication. Also how body image and how gender roles, cultural and family expectations might play a factor in eating disorders. Participants must commit to attending all 10 weeks of the group.
The group explores these different topics through discussions and expressively based therapeutic activities. These serve to increase our insight and build our support networks, skills and resources in our recovery journey.
Reasons for participating:
Reduce experiences of isolation, shame and misinformation surrounding an eating disorder
Receive support and understanding
Explore personal issues that contribute to your eating disorder
Explore our sense of self and identity separate from the eating issue
Gain valuable insight into your own and others’ experiences
Enhance your ability to seek support that will help you further in the process of recovery from an eating issue
Some aims of the group:
Learning to recognise the internal critical voice and awareness of the role the critical voice plays
Awareness of the relationship between feelings and over or under eating and body dissatisfaction
An understanding of why diets don’t work
Understanding that recovery is a process
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.