Education and Information Webinars

Upcoming Educational Webinars

Eating Disorders Families Australia delivers twice-monthly education webinars for families and carers of those individuals with eating disorders. These sessions are recorded, and made available to financial members 24 hours after each webinar here.

2nd December 2021 8pm – 9.30pm AEDT

Stories of Hope in eating disorder recovery

Stories of Hope – A Parents’ Journey

When your loved one is diagnosed with an eating disorder, life can feel frightening, uncertain and overwhelming.  Parents and carers are thrown into action on a quest for support, knowledge and answers.

Parents talk about the challenges of supporting their loved ones through an eating disorder.

The neurological bond between a parent/carer and their loved one is powerful for connection and healing.  Parents and carers are an important part of the care team and are a vital support for their loved ones.

This special event will give parents and carers valuable insight from the lived experience of carers who have gone before.

16th December 2021 8pm – 9.15pm AEDT

Hugh van Cuylenberg, Founder & Facilitator of The Resilience Project, EDFA’s Ambassador, best selling author and co-host of the popular podcast, The Imperfects.

Hugh van Cuylenberg will talk about resilience and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of parents and carers during one of, if not the, toughest caregiving journey of their lives.

Inspired by his discovery of resilience in its purest form through his experience in the far north of India, volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas, Hugh returned to Melbourne and commenced working on his program for schools. ‘The Resilience Project’ was born. Having completed his post graduate studies, looking at resilience and wellbeing, Hugh has developed and facilitated programs for over 900 schools Australia wide.

In 2015, the National Rugby League asked Hugh to run workshops at every club in the competition. Since then, he has worked with the Australian Cricket Team, the Australian Netball Team, the Australian Women’s Soccer Team, The Jillaroos and 10 AFL teams. Beyond the team environment, Hugh has been lucky enough to work one on one with individuals such as Steve Smith, Dustin Martin and Billy Slater. He currently works closely with the Port Adelaide Football Club.

In addition to his work in schools and elite sport, Hugh has presented to over 500 corporate groups as a keynote speaker and developed comprehensive programs for a range of workplaces across different sectors.

Hugh is a best selling author and co-host of the popular podcast, The Imperfects

Emotion Freedom Techniques for Eating Disorder REcovery3rd February, 2022 8pm – 9.30pm AEDT

‘Tapping’ (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in assisting eating disorder therapy presented by Dr Peta Stapleton, Author, Clinical & Health Psychologist, Associate Professor at Bond University 

Dr Stapleton presents to EDFA members about the benefits of ‘Tapping’ (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in assisting eating disorder therapy.  Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. EFT has an immediate calming effect and can be used by children as young as 3-4 years old.

Peta has served as the President of the Eating Disorders Association of Queensland numerous times and is a certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy and the Emotional Freedom Technique.  Peta is the founder of the Gold Coast Eating Disorders Association Inc., and facilitated the support groups for 8 years.

Peta is well known in her area of specialty within Queensland and is consulted for radio, television and print media interviews for her expert opinion. She has been awarded many honours including the Australian Psychological Society Elaine Dignan Award for research into women’s issues.

17th February 2021 8pm – 9.30pm AEDT

Trauma and ED with Dr Suzy Redston, Psychiatrist

Dr Suzy Redston is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and psychologist at the Bromham Clinic in Melbourne, Medical Director of the Mental Health Division at Austin Health and Consultant Psychiatrist at Barwon Health.

Suzy is a highly regarded psychiatrist, who is passionate about patient-centred care, clinical governance, evidenced based treatments, research and service improvement.  Suzy is trained in both Schema Mode therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has an individualised approach to mental illness and distress.  

After exploring the breadth and depth of psychiatric problems, Suzy’s focus is on the assessment and holistic treatment for people suffering with eating disorders and/or trauma related mental illnesses. She has an advanced training certificate from RANZCP in psychotherapy and continues to provide Schema therapy training for individuals and groups

Past Education Session Recordings

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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:

 – 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;

 – monthly state-based strive Carer Support Groups

 – twice monthly education sessions

 – monthly sibling support group

 – monthly national strive ARFID Carer Support Group

 – quarterly strive support groups for carers of people with Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, as well as a group for male carers

 – discounts to eating disorder events and conferences. 

 – 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.

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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