Welcome to EDFA

We are the national peak organisation providing support and education for carers and families impacted by an eating  disorder.

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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.

We are proud to be a collective voice on a national platform.

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.



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, many of 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

strive Carer Support Program

strive Carer Support groups are held online and carers are welcome to attend all groups, regardless of where you live. 

strive Daily Support Forum provides a supportive community and a safe, confidential, comfortable space, for adult caregivers of individuals living with an eating disorder. Ours is a private, 24/7 community facilitated and moderated by carers for carers. 

strive Carer Support 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 twice-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.


Over 100 hours of EDucation to watch

Carer Stories

Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder can be isolating, confusing and heartbreaking. Everybody’s individual story is unique.  

Meet the brave parents and carers who have shared their stories of caring for someone with an eating disorder, to help other carers at various stages of their caring journey.

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

TBT-S Workshop Series for Carers and Clinicians

EDFA is delighted to be presenting a series of TBT-S training workshops for both carer’s and clinicians.

TBT-S (Temperament Based Therapy with Supports) is designed to build upon other Eating Disorder (ED) therapies, addressing neurobiological alterations, treating to the traits, and including support people for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders.  

Learn more about 1/2 day Carer training here

Learn more about 1 day and 4 day Clinician Workshops here

Membership Comparison

FeaturesNon-Member $0Member $25p/yr
24/7 Daily Support Forum
National Carer Support Groups for carers of loved ones with any eating disorder
Special Carer Support Groups (run quarterly)
ARFID Support Group (monthly)
Siblings Support Group
Access to Member Only Content
Twice Monthly Education Sessions with experts from the eating disorder field and those with lived experience
Access to Digital Library - Webinar recordings (over 120 hours)
Member Recommendations - GP's, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Dietitians, Peer Mentors, Recovery Coaches and More. Updated monthly.
Information Packs
strive Monthly topic sheets and talking points
Downloadable EDucational Resources
Discounts to events and conferences
A voice of change in the ED space

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