Position Available: Eating Disorder Practitioner Contractor

Title: Eating Disorder Practitioner

Hours: 30 hours per week

Award: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award

Classification: SCHADS Level 5.1

Location: South Brisbane (State-wide service delivery, onsite and telehealth)

To apply please email the following three documents to admin@edq.org.au: 

  • Resume (maximum three pages)
  • Cover letter (maximum one page)
  • Response to Key Selection Criteria (maximum two pages)

The Eating Disorder Practitioner provides therapeutic services to people with a range of eating disorders. This position is a maternity leave cover for 12 months.

People of diverse backgrounds and lived experience of an eating disorder are encouraged to apply for this role.

This position operates within a collaborative team environment that is responsive to the needs of service users and is committed to continuous improvement and best practice principles. The practitioner is also required to work within the Vision and Mission of Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ) and contribute to organisational objectives.

Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ) (Formerly known as The Eating Issues Centre) is a community-based organisation providing therapeutic groups, counselling, and peer mentoring, as well as information and referral services, to people with eating disorders and their carers.

Our Values: Nurture, Empowerment, Integrity, Innovation, and Collaboration.

Working Principles 

  • Valuing relationships, self-care, care and connection through engagement and capacity building.
  • Strong collaborative shared decision-making environment.
  • Respectful recovery orientated, empowerment and strengths-based processes that promote empowerment, self-determination, inclusion, and choice.
  • Promoting individual and social change as well as prevention.
  • Valuing each person and lived experience.
  • Recognising the interactive impact of individual factors, family factors (including genetics), socio-cultural factors, and gender on the development, maintenance, and prevention of eating disorders.
  • 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.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Work in line with EDQ’s policies and procedures.
  2. Deliver specialist therapeutic services to people with eating disorders from a multi-disciplinary approach underpinned by a feminist/social justice practice framework with an evidenced based understanding of the impact of eating disorders in clinical work with adults, young people, and families, as well as working with related co-occurring mental health and social issues.
  3. Foster a culture of collaboration that is committed to reflective practice, individual/team supervision, professional development, and professional ethics.
  4. Deliver therapeutic group work and peer mentoring programs in consultation with service users.
  5. Provide initial phone assessments, information and referral services to clients, families, carers, professionals, and the broader community.
  6. Supervise and support students and volunteers ensuring positive learning experiences and client outcomes.
  7. Represent EDQ at relevant networking meeting and events when required, maintaining a comprehensive understanding of the human services sector building relationships with key stakeholders.
  8. Proactively communicate as a member of a team contributing to shared work functions and team processes.
  9. Support the Senior Practitioner with the review, development and implementations of policies and procedures and ensure new service models meets best practice standards and maximises available resources.
  10. Undertake data collection and analysis via client management systems to ensure continuous quality improvement, knowledge development and research and assist with regular reporting.
  11. Support innovative state-wide service delivery including delivery of telehealth sessions for both individual and group work. Some travel may be required at times.
  12. Collaborate with the Care Navigator to manage client flow through the organisation.

Perks & Benefits

  • Supportive and collaborative work culture and public health events and advocacy
  • Ongoing training and supervision throughout the role
  • Flexible working arrangement
  • Where isolation is required due to COVID-19 exposure, option to work from home
  • Onsite parking and close to multiple public transport options
  • A workplace that values the voice of lived experience
  • Safe culture for those with a lived experience of eating disorders (if applicable)
  • Salary packaging offered

Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the Senior Practitioner

Supervise students and volunteers in line with university requirements and assigned projects.


All positions offered by EDQ are conditional on recurrent funding from the Qld Government, therefore EDQ offers fixed term contracts in line with funding timelines.


  1. A tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology or Counselling with training and/or experience in the eating disorders field being highly valued, but not essential.
  2. Be in stable recovery for a minimum of two years from an eating disorder (if applicable)
  3. Be able to articulate and demonstrate and their personal practice framework.
  4. Demonstrated experience in therapeutic interventions/counselling, with a comprehensive understanding of the impact of eating disorders in clinical work with adults, young people, and families as well as co-occurring presentations such as mental health and drug and alcohol concerns.
  5. A solid understanding of evidence based psychological interventions e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Therapies and/or Dialectic Behaviour Therapy is also required.
  6. Demonstrated experience in group facilitation and developing and delivering Psychoeducation programs.
  7. Be comfortable to work across multiple client management systems e.g Csnet; rediCASE and Cliniko
  8. Highly developed interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and excellent engagement skills, especially in engaging people with eating disorders.
  9. A record of accomplishment of working collaboratively and the demonstrated capacity to liaise with internal and external stakeholders.
  10. Support innovative state-wide service delivery, therefore some interstate travel will be required at times.

The applicant must possess: 

  • Valid and current Qld Driver’s Licence.
  • Current (or be able to attain) Working with Children Check (Blue Card) and Disability Worker Screening (Yellow Card)