Eating Disorders Queensland’s (EDQ) response to Four Corners “Fading Away: Australia’s secret battle with eating disorders” segment
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EDQ is a Registered NDIS Provider
NDIS Cost guide for these services
NDIS Funding available
Therapeutic Supports supports those recovering from eating disorders with a skilled practitioner in a safe environment.
Therapeutic Supports are available to individuals across Queensland (age 16 and over), either in person or via telehealth. This support option allows people to explore their underlying issues with skilled practitioners in a safe, therapeutic and confidential environment. Appointments are scheduled at a time that suits you and are generally booked for 60 minutes.
There is a waitlist to access individual counselling services. The length of this waitlist varies throughout the year. Since early 2020, we have experienced an unprecedented level of enquiries and new clients, and waiting lengths are unfortunately longer than usual. We are still accepting new clients and offering alternative support options during this waiting time for individual counselling.
Therapeutic Supports – Dietitian
NDIS Funding available
Dietitians often play a significant role in the treatment of eating disorders.
Dietitians are also able to identify or flag concerns for medical admissions for eating disorders. ED-informed dietitians can continue to monitor for signs or symptoms for concerns from a medical perspective or to ensure medical stability.
Dietitians work with patients to address physical concerns related to inadequate nutrition covering:
An acronym which describes eating principles seen as being integral to development and maintenance of a positive relationship with food.
The goal of the RAVES model (developed by dietitian Shane Jeffrey) is to bring eating back to basics, without dietary rules, and to support overall health and wellbeing. The downloadable information on RAVES gives an excellent overview of the aim of dietary intervention for eating disorders.
For information on how to book in with the dietitian, see engaging with EDQ services. Appointment frequency will be determined with your dietitian and varies depending on your stage of recovery etc.
Psychosocial Recovery Coaching
NDIS Funding available
The Recovery Coach provides a non-therapeutic, practical adjunct to those accessing individual therapeutic support.
It gives hope to clients and the opportunity to practice the skills learnt in therapy in a safe and supportive space. Importantly, Recovery Coaches assist clients normalise the experience of having an eating disorder which can greatly contribute to their overall recovery goals.
Recovery Coaching sessions can take place either face to face or via telehealth. The number and frequency of sessions will be decided between you and the Recovery Coach.
Clients who wish to engage with a Recovery Coach will also need to be connected with a practitioner.
Through a client-led and strengths focused approach, Recovery Coaches share their personal lived experiences, can answer questions, and offer practical suggestions while enabling them to make a strong connection with those who are going through similar experiences.
The goal of an interpersonal approach is to encourage, inspire and educate their clients. They assist in building confidence and resilience, inspiring them with examples from their life and showing them that their personal challenges can be overcome. This personal connection can help to break down a client’s barriers and is an essential component in building trust. This trusted relationship is often a challenge to achieve but is an important aspect of encouraging a client’s recovery.
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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.