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
EDQ provides treatment and support through four different avenues.
Our Individual treatment services help those recovering from eating disorders with a skilled practitioner in a safe environment across Queensland (age 16 and over) and is funded by Queensland Health.
We offer several groups in safe and supportive environments, designed for those with a variety of eating issues.
Queensland Health provides funding for Individual and Group treatments and support options:
Structured Psychological Therapy
Up to 20 sessions (once these sessions have been used, Medicare and NDIS avenues can accessed).
Therapeutic, Psychoeducation and Community connections through groups: 10 week program, Trauma Informed Yoga, Community Table and Plug-in Connection Group
Peer Mentoring Program, Lived Experience speaker program, Peer Support workers and Peer Support Group
Once you have used your 20 sessions of individual Structured Psychological Therapies under Queensland Health funding, you can then use your NDIS plan with EDQ who a registered NDIS provider is to access:
Therapeutic Supports – Dietitian
Psychosocial Recovery Coaching
*NDIS plan holders can access ANY groups at EDQ under Queensland Health funding. EDQ is a registered NDIS provider.
Once you have used your 20 sessions of individual Structured Psychological Therapies under Queensland Health funding, and if you a plan under Medicare, you can access treatment under EDQ’s Medicare arm.
Psychological Treatment Services
Dietitian Health Services
*Medicare plan holders can access ANY groups at EDQ under Queensland Health funding.
EDQ provides treatment and support through four different avenues. We work on a self-referral basis.
Self-referral is any individual wanting to engage in our services, need to contact us directly. This can be via web enquiry, email or phone. The intake process is the same regardless of what services you wish to connect with.
Our intake process involves an initial phone assessment. This will cover eligibility and suitability for accessing EDQ services.
Following this, there will be a face-to-face (where possible) intake appointment with one of our Eating Disorder Practitioners. In this appointment, the practitioner can provide information on all our services as well as current waitlists.
Contact our Care Navigator at any time for assistance regarding wait times and booking appointments: Rohie Marshall email@example.com or (07) 3844 6055
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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 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.