Welcome to EDFA

We support, educate and empower families affected by an eating disorder.

About Eating Disorders Families Australia

EDFA is an organisation founded by a group of Australian parents who have cared for and treated a young person with an eating disorder

This passionate group of parents and carers is dedicated to providing lived experience, support, information, validation and education to empower other parents in their journey with their own loved one.

Through nationwide support group strive, education seminars, peer to peer support and events, EDFA empowers parents and carers to advocate for their loved ones’ needs and personal role in the recovery journey.

EDFA welcomes announcement of funding for strive services to Australian families and carers supporting a loved one living with an eating disorder

9 May 2021Eating Disorders Families Australia, Australia’s only national charity dedicated to supporting families and carers of Australians living with an eating disorder, welcomed today’s announcement by Health Minister the Hon Greg Hunt to support EDFA over the next two years by helping us fund our strive support groups nationwide.

 Offered online and available across metropolitan, remote and regional Australia, strive provides much needed support, validation, education and information to families and carers of a loved one with an eating disorder.

 Led by trained facilitators with a lived-experience, participants are empowered to advocate for their loved ones’ needs in the often-long recovery process.

 EDFA Chairman David Garvey said the funding will help meet the ever-growing demand on services during this difficult and unprecedented time.

 Since March 2020, the volunteer-led charity has seen a 600% growth in the number of families and carers reaching out for much needed support and assistance.

 “This is a significant contribution to supporting families and carers who play a vital role in the recovery of loved ones affected by an eating disorder, but who struggle to find the information and tools they need to navigate our often-complex health system.”

 Eating disorders, when combined with disordered eating together, are estimated to affect 16.3% of the Australian population.

 “Now is the time to scale up wherever possible in providing support to families and carers, and our national strive program is an excellent place to start,” he said.

To arrange an interview contact: Violeta Bozinovski – Eating Disorders Families Australia 

(e) violeta.bozinovski@edfa.org.au (m) 0411 697 708

Why EDFA?

When we talk to parents and carers about their journey with their loved one’s eating disorder, there is always a common thread.

"I feel confused, alone and terrified."
"What are our treatment options? How do I find a supportive clinician?"
"I have no idea what to do... or where to go to get help."

We recognise that many parents and carers struggle to access critical information, support and resources, and are confused about how to navigate a complex system.  

Here at EDFA, all our volunteers have cared for someone with an eating disorder. We call it ‘lived experience’. We can offer you the support, confidence, advice, connections and community you will need.

“Eating disorders deeply impact families, often causing emotional and psychological distress for many years without respite. Our volunteers have lived experience, and our organisation supports and up-skills families… helping them through the most challenging journey of their lives.”

 

David Garvey, Chairman, EDFA

Special Event - 'Autism and Eating Disorders'

International Webinar presented by world renowned Clinical Psychologist Tony Attwood.

Did you know it’s estimated that more than a third of Eating Disorder sufferers are believed to have Autism?

Research suggests that autistic traits may not have been recognized or diagnosed prior to eating disorder treatment. Significantly, these heightened autistic traits are associated with poorer treatment outcomes, suggesting that treatment may need to be adapted for this population.

EDFA and Professor Tony Attwood presented a very special webinar on the links between Eating Disorders and Autism.

This webinar is available to purchase for a limited period (expires 31st May 2021)

strive Carer Support Groups

strive Carer Support groups are run by trained volunteer carers, for carers. They are run in each state across the country, via Zoom.  

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strive Groups exist to:

  • provide a safe, supportive place for carers to meet each month in an environment which allows for both knowledge sharing and peer support.
  •  provide information and resources to assist parents and carers to understand eating disorders and their integral role in recovery.
  • encourage empowerment of carers in their role in the recovery of the person with the eating disorder. 

Education and Information

EDFA runs national education and information seminars bi-monthly, with each seminar hosted by different lived experience or clinical experts in the Eating Disorder field.

We recognise that by educating parents, we are encouraging and empowering them to advocate for their loved one, and for themselves.

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Intensive four week online course with Jan Clarke

‘Learning to live with, through and beyond an Eating Disorder is an in-depth, unique, personal, small group education series run by our highly skilled facilitator, Jan Clarke, ED Consultant & Educator of The Bronte Centre.

This course will be tailored to accommodate and work with each family and their own unique situation.

Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year (Australian Carers Only)

EDFA is a proud not for profit, volunteer run organisation. 

We invite you to be part of a revolutionary peer support group making positive changes in the Eating Disorder space. Strength in numbers means we are able to affect change and have the collective voice of the carers recognised.

We provide opportunities to connect with other parents and carers who share your experiences… helping you to feel less alone and isolated.

Yearly membership is just $25.

Membership gives access to monthly state-based strive carer support groups, twice monthly education sessions, monthly sibling support, quarterly strive support groups for carers of people with ARFID and Bulimia as well as a group for male carers and access to the members-only National strive Australia page providing connection with & support from fellow parents and carers all over Australia. Members will also receive discounts to eating disorder events and conferences. Daily online support through our striveFacebook pages and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

Your membership helps EDFA with ongoing costs of running a not-for-profit organisation, and importantly, shows Government that families value, need and believe in this type of lived-experience support. Strength in numbers helps EDFA lobby as the collective voice of carers for  better services, treatments, access to expert clinicians and specialised ED units, to help our loved ones in their recovery journey and to acknowledge the impact of an eating disorder diagnosis on the entire family unit.


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