Meet the Team

Meet the passionate founders, directors, and volunteers at Eating Disorders Families Australia and learn why this eating disorders team is here to support you.

David Garvey

Chairman

“My oldest daughter was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa at the age of 14. It was a terribly traumatic time for my daughter and our young family.  

As the Chair of EDFA, David Garvey’s role is to support the Board and volunteers in running the programs provided…and to make a difference to the lives of parents & carers who desperately seek the help and support of EDFA.

Christine Naismith

Co-Founder, Director, Board Member, 

“My daughter became seriously ill with Anorexia Nervosa in 2013 and I personally experienced the isolation and desperation so many parents and carers experience. It was harrowing.

I realised there was a major gap in the system to support the carers of people with eating disorders. These parents and carers go through incredible mental stress and emotional fatigue, as well as physical exhaustion and financial challenges.”

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Violeta Bozinovski

Co-founder, Director, Board Member

“I don’t want one more family to go through what we, and others, have gone through to get diagnosis, quality treatment and support for our loved ones. 

I want to ensure eating disorders are no longer a mystery in our society and that families feel connected, adequately supported and empowered to know how to identify and the best way to treat these horrific illnesses.

As Director and Board Member, Violeta Bozinovski provides strategy, direction and decision making to ensure they achieve their mission and vision for EDFA.

Violeta also project manages EDFA’s biggest fundraising event, the annual ‘Pass the Baton’ Ball. 

David Quilty

Director, Board Member

“I am a parent who has supported a child with an eating disorder.  My expertise is in government and stakeholder relations. I represent EDFA on the Eating Disorders Alliance Australia, working with other organisations like the Butterfly Foundation, and I also sit on the TBT-S Committee, working closely with EDFA’s volunteer strive facilitator in the ACT.”

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Joni Thomes

Board Member
 

“Learning about eating disorders and recovery can make a real difference to you and your loved one. I know firsthand how hard it is to live with an eating disorder and I know the damage it can cause to families.

The fear that someone you care for may not recover can create distress, worry and extreme feelings of hopelessness.

But people can and do recover, and family, friends and carers can support that recovery in many ways”

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Fiona Macgill

Board Member

“My daughter has been suffering from an eating disorder for 18 months and we are still very much on the long hard road to recovery. The impact it’s had on our family and her is so horrendous that it’s impossible to imagine”. 

“Support from people with lived experience is crucial to help with the isolation, confusion, fear and sadness that this illness brings into your life.”

 

Fiona, a mother of two, was a Naturopath with a strong interest in nutrition, running a multidiscipline practice before she had children. In more recent years she has been involved in fundraising and charity work. In her spare time, she loves to cook, read, do yoga, pilates and run.

 

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