Are you a carer who has supported a loved one to recover from an eating disorder and would like to help others?
The EDA welcomes expressions of interest in our volunteer peer support telephone service. It can be helpful and comforting for a parent or partner currently supporting a loved one with an eating disorder, to speak with another carer who has a lived experience of supporting their loved one to recover. If you have supported a loved one to recover from an eating disorder and would like to join our volunteer peer support telephone service, we ask that you participate in a half day training session and that your loved one be recovered for a period of 18 months. Volunteers use their own phones to receive calls and can nominate the day/s and time/s they are available. For more information or to register your interest, please contact the EDA ph: 3394 3661 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Food for Thought project
Food for Thought is a joint project being run by The Eating Issues Centre and the Eating Disorders Association. This project has been funded by the North Brisbane Partners In Recover Innovation Fund.
Food For Thought will consult and engage carers, consumers and health professionals in order to assist carers to navigate the service system with more ease. Digital resources will be developed to assist carers in understanding how they can access the service system, and how to navigate it. The vision behind this project is to ensure that all families affected by eating disorders within the Metro North district will have access to adequate health services, support services, education, skills and resources.
The Food for Thought Facebook page is an opportunity for us to provide you with information and research as it comes to hand, and for you to provide us with comments and observations about your own experiences.
Please jump on and LIKE the Facebook page and get involved in the conversation www.facebook.com/FoodForThoughtED
We understand that carers, be they family, friends, health professionals or allied health professionals, play an important and necessary role in the continuum of care for people affected by eating disorders. We hope to be able to provide you with the support you need in order to create improved outcomes for your loved one.
EDA and The Eating Issues Centre Collaboration
In July last year, the Eating Disorders Association and The Eating Issues Centre joined together by forming a collaborative partnership in order to provide more rounded care and support to those living with an eating disorder and their families, friends and carers. This Partnership meant a few changes for the EDA. Our focus shifted primarily to supporting families, friends and carers throughout Queensland. The Eating Issues Centre will also now operate on a State-wide basis and will continue providing individual support, groups and peer mentoring programs to individuals living with an eating isssue.
The EDA provides ongoing support – face to face, on the phone or via skype, increased numbers of carer groups, skills based training workshops and family information days, carer support lines and peer mentoring to those supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. The EDA and The Eating Issues Centre will begin sharing the responsibility of taking incoming calls and, depending on your specific needs we will be able to put you in touch with the appropriate person to assist you. Both organisations will continue to provide you with information regarding specific health professionals and referral pathways in your area, resources (including library books), community education and assistance to health professionals.
Would you like to be a peer mentor?
The Eating Issues Centre is currently seeking applications from people with a lived experience of eating issues who have recovered or have been in recovery for at least 12 months for the next 6 month Peer Mentor Program.
Applications are particularly sought from the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Logan areas. Mentors are asked for an average commitment of 1 hour a week contact with their mentee.
Mentors are provided with training, support and opportunities to meet with other mentors throughout the program.
The training held over two Friday evenings 5.30 – 8.30 & Saturday 9 – 5pm includes information around what is expected from participants, self-care, boundary setting and meal support.
Dates of training will be advised prior to the commencement of each program.
For more information about what’s involved and how you can apply please contact email@example.com and mention “Mentor” in the subject title.
Understanding Eating Disorders Booklet
You can download this EDA booklet here or download the sections you want by going to the Understanding Eating Disorders Tab. We hope you find the information useful.
Information Pack for Doctors
The Eating Disorder Association has up-dated their General Practitioner Information Pack, which includes Access Pathways and Quick Reference Guides for the Assessment and Management of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders in Queensland and Adult Access Pathways to Queensland Health Adult Inpatient Beds for Patients with Eating Disorders. Download the pack here by clicking on the image or contact the centre to purchase a hard copy folder for $15.
Family Information Videos
1. Maudsley Method by Kim Hurst, Psychologist for Gold Coast CYMHS
2. Eating Disorder Information by Mel Marks, EDA Resource Support Worker
3. Carer’s Perspective
4. A Medical Model by Dr Leanne Barron, General Practitioner
5. A RAVES Approach to Healthy Eating by Shane Jeffrey, Dietitian
6. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Enhanced by Kym Hurst, Psychologist for Gold Coast CHYMS