Education and Information Seminars

We run education and information seminars twice monthly for families affected by eating disorders. These are included in your EDFA membership, for a yearly fee of $25.


Upcoming Educational Seminars

Art therapy uses creative process and the resulting artwork to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, develop social skills, reduce anxiety, address body image issues, increase self-esteem and enhance self-acceptance.


The session will include 30 minutes of Q&A’

Three adults siblings talk about their experience and stories living alongside a sibling with an eating disorder.

Learn about a new eating disorders treatment approach for older adolescents and adults, TBT-S, which is unique in three ways – the way it uses neurobiological understandings to work therapeutically with the person with the eating disorder; upskills the person’s support network to allow for them to proactively support recovery; and brings together family/support units in a multi-family format to treat multiple persons at the same time while also drawing on the benefits of peer support and learning.

An exciting opportunity for all families to learn about this new treatment approach, which originated and was developed by Walter Kaye, MD, Stephanie Peck, PhD and Christina Wierenga, PhD at The Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research at UC San Diego and Laura Hill, PhD at The Center for Balanced Living in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Evidence has shown that sensory approaches can provide many benefits to an individual with mental health issues, including eating disorders, by providing a sense of comfort and relief from distress. Learning sensory-based approaches supports a person’s ability to self-regulate and organize emotions in more adaptive and effective ways.

Presented by: Alex Hillman – Occupational Therapist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Senior clinician and Eating Disorders Coordinator at Barwon Health, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Deakin University.

Debby will provide parents and carers with the basic skills of EFFT, including validation and examples of effective interaction for connection with loved ones living with an eating disorder.

Debby trained in Oslo with Dr Les Greenberg and in Canada with Adele La’France and Joanna Dulhunty and assisted Adele La’France and Natasha Files of Mental Health Foundations with an Experiential: Introductory & Advanced training workshop.

Debby continues to provide two-day training workshops for Emotion Focused Parent Coaching & Advanced Caregiving. The two-day intensive workshop are a valuable opportunity for parents and caregivers of individuals struggling with intense emotions and/or mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders

The first step to healing mind body conditions is with education. Knowledge is medicine for the SED/ARFID sufferer. Knowledge begins the journey to decrease the stress and anxiety around food.

Most ARFID sufferers say that they want to be rid of this restrictive eating behaviour, but that there is a part of them that just won’t change. Therapy provides the opportunity to talk to this inner part, and encourage it to behave differently.

Learn about how when the mind is relaxed, new positive messages and beliefs can be strengthened – with eyes open or closed. Tasting new foods calmly is the goal of the end of the therapy session. No pressure.

Dr Genevieve Pepin’s research interests focus on mental health, especially eating disorders and occupational therapy and interventions, and have led to international collaborations. She is the inaugural convenor of the Australia and New Zealand Occupational Therapy Mental Health Academics network.

Doctor Jennifer Bibb, Music Therapist, National Creative Arts and Music Therapy Research Unit (CAMTRU), University of Melbourne & BETRS

EDFA is delighted to present Dr Jennifer Bibb who will speak to our members about music and music therapy and to offer strategies that may assist your loved ones with an eating disorder.

Dr Bibb is a Senior Music Therapist, Postdoctoral Researcher in music therapy at the University of Melbourne and an Eating Disorders Clinician at BETRS, the specialist eating disorder service for the North East region of Victoria. Her research focuses on the role of music therapy in improving treatment outcomes for people with eating disorders, as well as the use of music listening during recovery. She is committed to conducting research that translates into practice and that honours consumer perspectives.

Dr Jake Linardon, Break Binge Eating and Research Fellow and Lecturer of Psychology at Deakin University, Melbourne

Jake will share with carers the findings of his research from evaluating treatment approaches for eating disorders and other advances in the ED field.

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

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.

Membership gives access to monthly state-based strive carer support groups, twice monthly education sessions, monthly sibling support, quarterly strive support groups for carers of people with ARFID and Bulimia as well as a group for male carers and access to the members-only National strive Australia page providing connection with & support from fellow parents and carers all over Australia. Members will also receive discounts to eating disorder events and conferences. Daily online support through our striveFacebook pages and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

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 ED 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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