Welcome to EDFA

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

Eating Disorders Families Australia

EDFA is an organisation founded by a group of Australian parents who have each 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, validation, education and information to empower other parents in their journey with their own loved one.

Through nationwide strive support groups, 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.

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

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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Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year

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.

Members will receive a welcome pack, including information sheets, introductory discounts on selected Eating Disorder books, discounts to Eating Disorder conferences and events, free access to monthly statewide strive support groups, bi-monthly national education sessions and daily online peer support through the private strive FB groups.

What families say about EDFA