Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ) offers a safe place for people to access a range of services to support their recovery.

We understand that individuals, families, carers and loved ones recover at their own pace. We value the important role that Medical and Psychiatric services can have in recovery from an eating disorder and offer our services as a partner as well as alternative to the medical model, depending on client need. While a referral is not required to access our services, clients should have regular appointments with their GP, as EDQ does not offer medical or physical monitoring. EDQ also encourages all clients to develop a multidisciplinary treatment team that includes family members as much as possible.

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We value the individual as the expert in their own life.

We recognise the expertise, strengths and skills individuals bring to their recovery journey. In recovery we value the process as well as the outcomes and recognise that eating disorders are caused by a complex interaction of socio-cultural, familial, biological and individual factors.

Our practitioners work collaboratively with individuals, integrating an array of interventions depending on the needs, hopes and goals of the individual. Interventions underpinned by person-centred approach are inclusive of feminist practice, anti-oppression, and a strong social justice perspective. All therapy is trauma-informed.

Our practitioners work to support people to:

  • Develop an understanding of the underlying disorder that have contributed to their eating issue
  • Decrease experiences of isolation, shame and misinformation surrounding their eating disorders
  • Explore and reconnect with the person’s sense of self
  • Enhance capacity to seek supports that will assist in the recovery journey
  • Identify and develop alternative coping strategies

We work from a range of evidence based theoretical perspectives.

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  • Working in ways that are transparent and genuine to reduce power differentials in the therapeutic relationship;
  • Recognising the person we are working with as a whole person with skills, strengths and solutions to their own issues;
  • Providing information so that people can make informed decisions about the support they are looking for;
  • Recognising the personal is political – that we live in a patriarchal society where structures and institutions privilege men over women and there is significant inequality at multiple levels. 

Trauma Informed Practice acknowledges that many people have experienced trauma in their life; and that these experiences impact the emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of individuals and their communities. Practitioners maintain a recovery focus and work within a strengths-based framework, while ensuring that clients feel safe to be able to move towards a sense of resilience and empowerment.

Practitioners work in collaboration with clients and recognise symptoms (such as eating disorder behaviours) as adaptive rather than pathological.

  • Similar to feminist practice, we work from a base of empathy, genuine support and acceptance of the person we are working with;
  • The person is seen holistically and is at the centre of the therapeutic relationship;
  • We are working together to understand what each individual person wants and needs to live their own life. 
  • Explore connection between our thoughts, behaviours and emotions and the role they may place in the experience of eating disorders. 
  • To enhance cognitive flexibility, acceptance and commitment to recovery-oriented change.
  • Develop specific skills for managing distress, uncomfortable feelings and interpersonal communication. 
  • Explore an individual’s dominant story and provide space for re-authoring.
  • Nurture connection between the mind and the body.
  • Explore alternative ways of expressing and communicating.

EDQ Cancellation Policy

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. We appreciate your assistance.

EDQ Strategic Plan 2021-2024

This flyer outlines the overall goals, plans and strategic direction EDQ has as an organisation for 2021-2024.

EDQ Stepped Care Model

This flyer shows EDQ’s Community Biopsychosocial Stepped Care Model.

Donate today

All donations over $2 to Eating Disorders Queensland are tax deductible and give real people access to counselling, practical assistance to support recovery, groups, equipment for the centre and books for our library. You can make a one-off or regular monthly donation. We would love to acknowledge your generosity and support. Please let us know if you would like to be listed as one of our supporters on either our website or in our annual report.

Get involved

Volunteers support our valuable work and goals. We offer a range of volunteering opportunities across a broad range of interest areas, such as event planning, administration tasks, cooking, and gardening. Join our volunteer team or keep an eye out for specific volunteer opportunities via our social media.

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,
Yuggera Country,
South Brisbane, QLD 4101

CALL: (07) 3844 6055

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