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

We don’t always hear a Dad’s perspective about the challenges of caring for a child with an eating disorder.  Come along to hear from Rohan, Stuart and Paul, who have all supported their daughters on their recovery journeys and have generously offered to share their personal accounts, tips and experiences to help us navigate our own journey as carers.


This session will conclude with Question and Answer time with our panel of Dads


A GP is an integral part of the eating disorder care team. In this session, we will hear from two General Practitioners, Yvonne and Marcia, about what to expect from your GP, early detection, the importance of a GP’s involvement in the recovery journey, essential medical assessments, parental involvement, guardianship and much more.

An important session for all parents and carers who are supporting a loved one of any age with an eating disorder.

A Q&A session will follow this discussion

Past Education Seminars

Maria Ganci – APT Therapeutic Solutions

Eating Disorders Author, APT Therapist, Registered Clinical Mental Health Social Worker and Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist 


Maria has over 30 years’ experience working with families, children and adolescents in Mental Health Services and in her private practice, providing training, supervision and consultation both nationally and internationally in the treatment of eating disorders. Maria is the author of ‘Survive FBT’, a manual that supports parents through Family Based Treatment. 


Dr Linsey Atkins – APT Therapeutic Solutions

Eating Disorders Author, APT Therapist, Registered Clinical Psychologist


Dr Linsey Atkins has 15 years of experience providing child, adolescent, parent and family therapy for eating disorders. Linsey has specialised in evidence-based treatment approaches and runs a successful clinical and supervision based private practice in Melbourne, Australia.


Maria and Linsey co-authored their new book ‘Unpack Your Eating Disorder’ and the accompanying journal ‘Letting Go of ED – Embracing Me’.  Maria and Linsey will speak about their new book and APT treatment, which is specifically designed for adolescents 12-24 years of age with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa (AAN). APT takes a comprehensive and holistic approach that addresses many of the limitations of other eating disorder treatments for adolescents and the view that both physical and psychological recovery are required to be truly free from anorexia, not weight restoration alone.


The session will conclude with half an hour for Q&As.

Presented by Barb Kelly, Clinical Psychologist

Do you know or suspect your child with an eating disorder is on the Autism spectrum?  Evidence shows that 20-35% of sufferers with eating disorders are diagnosed with autism.

Barb is a a child psychologist, experienced in providing psychological therapy to children and young people with developmental concerns and complex mental health issues.

Barb has a special interest in the connect between Autism and Eating Disorders.

Come along and learn about Barb’s research and how we can support our loved ones with Autism through an eating disorder!

The session will conclude with question and answer time.

“Siblings can often be overlooked, which can lead to feelings of isolation. If this continues, children can become vulnerable to a range of emotional and mental health problems. However, if siblings are acknowledged, and connected to sources of support, they are likely to become more resilient and family relationships are likely to be stronger.”

Kate Strohm is Director of Siblings Australia Inc and author of the book ‘Siblings – brothers and sisters of children with disability’. Kate shares her story about living alongside her own sibling with a disability and how it compelled her to write her book and start her own support organisation of 20 years, Siblings Australia Inc.

A parent perspective

Join us to hear from three parents who will talk about their own experiences and journeys supporting their children through Family Based Treatment to recovery.

This is a unique opportunity for everyone to learn from the lived experiences of parents who have navigated the FBT eating disorder recovery journey with their loved one.

Their will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

An insightful and empowering session not to be missed.

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 eating disorder support groups, bi-monthly national education sessions and daily online peer support through the private strive FB groups.

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