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
GPs are often the first point of contact when seeking information and support on eating disorders.
As a GP, you are likely to be the first health professional a person with an eating disorder or carer will come in contact with. A GP’s role in the treatment of eating disorders can include prevention, identification, medical management in a primary care setting and referral (NEDC, 2015).
Help for Health Professionals
Eating Disorder Training Opportunities
Medicare for Eating Disorders
Clinical Guidelines for Therapeutic Interventions in Eating Disorders. The Clinical Guidelines were written in 2021 by Dr. Jenny Gilmore in conjunction with Eating Disorders Qld.
These guidelines are based on best available evidence from research and literature, as well as the insights of EDQ practitioners. They offer a guide to providing community based care and support for both those living with eating disorders, and their loved ones and key supports.
Referring to Eating Disorders Queensland
EDQ is a self-referral clinic. We ask that all potential clients contact us in the first instance. GPs are welcome to send referral paperwork or GP reports to EDQ (via email), and we will keep it on file until such time as the client reaches out. We do not have the capacity to contact each client that is referred to us.
Medical Monitoring Guidelines
QuEDS Clinical assistance
Queensland Eating Disorders Service: Specialist Consultation Clinic
Outpatient Clinic, Level E, Ground floor, Mental Health Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
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Eating Disorders Queensland
We support a vibrant community of individuals recovering from an eating disorder, including people with lived experiences, carers and family members.
51 Edmondstone Street,
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
CALL: (07) 3844 6055
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.