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Join this workshop with EDQ lived experience team members Lisa and Amira to co-create a template for an ‘Eating Disorder Treatment/Support Passport’.
Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week (BIEDAW) is a national week of significance that shines a light on eating disorders. This year Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ) wants to amplify the voice of those seeking treatment and support for their eating disorder(s). Eating disorders are complex and severe neuropsychiatric disorders. Treatment is essential to reducing the severity, duration and impact of illness, and a multidisciplinary treating team ideally provides this treatment. With the appropriate support, full recovery from eating disorders is possible.
Stigma and shame are the most frequently identified barriers to accessing treatment. Eating disorders can be misunderstood and stigmatised and, as such, can be accompanied by a sense of shame. For someone experiencing an eating disorder, being open and honest about what is going on can be extremely difficult. Speaking with each new member of the treating team can be difficult and exhausting.
EDQ would like to work with consumers on a co-designed resource that can be used when accessing treatment. Clients and carers can use this self-directed resource to advocate for themselves and encourage their treating team to #HearMyVoice. Join EDQ staff on Tuesday, 13th September, from 5.30 pm, for an online workshop where we aim to co-create a template for an ‘Eating Disorder Treatment/Support Passport’. This passport will highlight the language and approaches the individual finds helpful when seeing practitioners for eating disorder-related treatment. Following this workshop and feedback from consumers and carers, a co-designed ‘template passport’ will be made available for individual use. EDQ will also look at partnering with crucial health care providers to embed the use of such a ‘passport’ in health systems.
This event is part of BIEDAW 2022. Each participant will finish the session with a personalised Eating Disorder Treatment/Support Passport, that they can take to sessions with new practitioners.
Any and all art/craft supplies are suitable for those who with to join the workshop. For participants in Brisbane, EDQ can arrange for pickup of a small art kit, to assist with creating their passport.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.