Autism and Eating Disorders

Register now for our International webinar
'Autism and Eating Disorders' with Fiona Fisher Bullivant

Fiona Fisher Bullivant (UK) , Author, Autism & Eating Disorders Consultant, Lecturer University of Central Lancashire, Autism Assessor, Non Medical Prescriber, Sleep Counsellor & Functional Analysis Assessor

Thursday 6th October 2022

8-9:30 pm AEDT

Including half an hour of Q & A’s with Fiona

Free for EDFA members (Australian Carers Only)

(members will request a code during booking process to receive their discounted tickets)

$25 non-members and clinicians (Australian and International)

Webinar via Zoom online platform

A recording of the webinar will be emailed to all registrants for viewing period of 4 weeks

Why attend EDFA’s Fiona Fisher Bullivant webinar?

Fiona Fisher Bullivant will explore the topic of autistic girls and young women with eating disorders, why their differences don’t always fit with traditional treatment and how treatment can be adapted to allow for these differences. Fiona will speak about autism and mental health and why the therapeutic relationship is important for progress and change-making. The session will also address how best to support individuals experiencing Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

About Fiona Fisher Bullivant (UK)

Fiona is the author of the book Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition – A Practical Guide for Clinicians and co-author of the book Autism and Eating Disorders in Teens – A Guide for Parents and Professionals.

Fiona has worked with autistic, learning disabled children and young people for 37 years in clinical practice, in a variety of settings and positions and in many different locations across the UK and the world. Fiona’s depth and breadth of experience has enriched her passion to continue to learn and remain respectful of the need to be led by autistic individuals to enrich and develop her clinical expertise. 

The individuals and their families and carer’s have humbled and educated Fiona, alongside some inspiring professional colleagues. Fiona is persistent in her plight to highlight the need for more understanding in this field and the important contributions individuals and their families give to our communities and workforce.

Fiona has recently retired from 37 years as a learning disability nurse in the NHS where she had been specialising in Autism & Mental Health and particularly Autism & Eating Disorders. Fiona is an ADOS assessor, Non-Medical Prescriber and Sleep Counsellor and has trained in Sensory Processing Disorder and behavioural analysis.

Fiona now shares her time between working as a consultant at Fisher Bullivant Training & Consultancy, to autistic individuals with eating disorders and families around the world and lecturing student nurses on the Children’s & Young People and Learning Disability degree and masters programs and a new Eating Disorder module for clinicians.


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.

discounts to eating disorder events and conferences

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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