Welcome to the website of The Eating Disorders Association Inc (Qld).
The Eating Disorders Association Inc (Qld)is a community based not-for-profit organisation.
We provide eating disorder information and referral, individual and family counselling, group support, peer support, education and skills based training to carers of those living with an eating disorder.
The EDA has qualified staff who can assist you in supporting your loved one. Please call us with any concerns you may have.
We can offer assistance with your concerns regarding a loved one exhibiting signs of an eating disorder or talk you through treatment and referral options. EDA counsellors are available for individual and family counselling (face to face or on the phone). We are also able to link you in with appropriate resources, education, training and support groups.
Have a look on our What's On page to find out about upcoming information days, support groups and skills based training.
For further information or assistance please call us on (07) 3394 3661 or email
What We Do
The Eating Disorders Associaton provides information, referral, support, counselling and services to those caring for loved ones with eating disorders.
Are you a carer to someone with an eating disorder?
By our definition a ‘carer’ is anyone supporting an individual with an eating disorder; a parent, sibling, partner, best friend, grandparent, health professional, school counsellor, chaplain or other significant person in the individual's life.
The Eating Disorders Carer Help Kit is now available at www.eatingdisorderscarerhelpkit.com
The Carer Help Kit has been designed to provide carers of individuals with eating disorders access to both succinct and detailed information on eating disorders, treatment options and how you can help your loved one.
Eatingdisordercarerhelpkit.com is an outcome from a one year project to build the capacity of carers of adults with eating disorders to navigate the service system and improve outcomes for those they care for.
Funded through Brisbane North Partners in Recovery Innovation Fund auspiced by Eating Disorders Association and The Eating Issues Centre. This project has been made possible through a grant from North Brisbane Partners in Recovery, which is an initiative of the Australian Government.
Information collected in consultation with eating disorder health professionals and carers, June 2016.
Here is a brief outline of the services we provide. If you're interested in any of them please get in touch right away, we'll be happy to help with advice, more info or booking an appointment.
Information and Referral
The EDA provides information about eating disorders, possible treatment options and a referral list of identified health professionals (with eating disorder experience) in your local Queensland area.
We can also guide you towards any training or support groups being held throughout the state.
Individualised support (Counselling)
The EDA can provide individual and/or family counselling.
As each person and family is different our counsellors may work with you over a number of sessions for a varying number of weeks, or you may find Single Session Therapy best suits your needs.
All counselling sessions are FREE of charge.
The aim of Single Session Therapy is to assist clients in identifying and targeting key concerns. We work with you to develop positive, suitable strategies and action plans and provide you with tools which will assist you as you support your loved one.
Despite its name, Single Session Therapy is a process which usually involves an initial phone or face to face contact between counsellor and client/s, and/or the completion of a pre-session questionnaire; one 1-1.5 hour face-to-face/phone or skype session, and a follow-up phone call which is booked in by the counsellor at the end of the session.
Clients are always welcome to come back for further counselling should the need arise.
Carer Education (Family Information Days)
The EDA runs four Family Information Days in Queensland each year.
You will have the opportunity to hear from a GP, Dietician, Psychologist, EDA staff member, Carer of a recovered loved one and a recovered individual.
It is also an opportunity to ask any questions of the health professionals in attendance and meet other carers. There is a nominal charge for this workshop to cover catering and resources.
Skills Based Training
We run four 6 week Family Skills Based Training courses throughout the year in collaboration with the Eating Disorder Outreach Service (EDOS).
The training is two hours one night a week for a six week period and it is based on the Janet Treasure book “Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder”.
We do recommend that participants engage in Single Session Therapy with us before coming to Skills Based Training. There are a maximum of 10 participants per group and there is a nominal fee to cover resources.
The aim of Skills Based Training is to:
- Develop a greater understanding of eating disorders and discuss ways to support recovery
- Learn and practice helpful communication skills
- Develop positive coping strategies
- Foster healthier relationships with your loved one
- Be part of a group facilitated by health professionals working in the field of eating disorders
Family and Friends Support Group
The EDA holds four Family and Friends Support Groups throughout the year.
These groups are facilitated by a staff member and give carers a chance to talk through anything that is bothering them as well as ask questions and share stories with other carers. These groups are held on a Saturday morning and are FREE.
The EDA has a number of volunteer carers who have supported a loved one to recover and would now like to help others.
These volunteers are available via phone to talk through anything that is troubling you.
The EDA has a number of resources available for carers and their loved ones.
Here is a selection of our library books, browse the whole library here.
Members are able to access our well stocked library and receive our bi-monthly newsletters.