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.

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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, 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 for eating disorder support

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.

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Special Event

Join board-certified child & adult psychiatrist, author and eating disorders expert, Dr. James Greenblatt, for a webinar exploring new treatment solutions for anorexia nervosa. Dr. Greenblatt will discuss current research, various treatment modalities and key nutritional deficiencies, and answer live questions about how to begin a path to lasting recovery.

EDFA Members: Free (Australian Carers Only) 

$25 non-members (Australian and International)

Webinar via Zoom online platform

A recording of the webinar will be emailed to all registrants

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.

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

EDFA is a proud not-for-profit, predominantly 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:

A range of resources in our Member Only section of the website including Educational Recordings, Member Recommended Clinicians and Services, and more.

Over 70 support groups and education sessions per year. including:

Twice monthly education sessions

strive Carer Support Groups for carers of loved ones with any type of eating disorder (run three times each month)

strive ARFID Carer Support Group (run monthly)

strive bulimia nervosa Carer Support Group (run quarterly)

strive binge eating disorder Carer Support Group (run quarterly) 

strive4Men Carer Support Group (run quarterly) – a group for male carers 

siblings Support Group (run monthly) – a group for siblings of those with an eating disorder

daily online support through our private strive Australia Facebook Group and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

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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 eating disorder 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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