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.

Eva Musby Webinar for Eating Disorders Families Australia16th September 2021 8pm – 10pm AEST

Eva Musby, UK author, carer coach, creator of ED resources and workshop facilitator

EDFA member parents and carers have a rare opportunity to share two hours with UK lived experience parent expert, Eva Musby, author of the book Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders (as well as carer/parent coach, creator of video and audio resources, ED workshop facilitator).

In this workshop parents/carers will learn from Eva’s expertise through lecture, practical role plays and questions, formal and informal.  Role plays will include the practicalities of getting the meal done, what to do if you’re feeling stuck and how to manage emotions pre and post meal and other stressors.

Compassionate communication is the back-bone and success behind all Eva’s resources and we are so excited to be bringing Eva’s wisdom to parents and carers!

Please login to your account for Member Access to the webinar here.

Millie Thomas webinar for Eating Disorders Families Australia7th October 2021 8pm – 9.30pm AEST

Millie Thomas, Recovery Coach EndED

A presentation about the benefits of lived experience recovery coaching and important concepts and resources for families to support their loved one’s healing. And more about Millie’s own story and her support and advocacy work, including her podcast series, support group for those experiencing eating disorders and Millie’s work with EndED.

Please login to your account for Member Access to the webinar here.

Emotion Focused therapy for eating disorders21st October 2021 8pm – 9.30pm AEST

‘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.

Please login to your account for Member Access to the webinar here.

Latest Eating Disorder ResearchSaturday 6th November 2021 10am – 12pm AEST

Adele La’France talks Emotion, Spirituality & Psychedelics in Eating Disorder Recovery

Adele Lafrance will speak about her latest research in the field of emotions, spirituality and psychedelic medicine relevant to eating disorders, an overview of the application of different medicines with practical examples, and the benefits for individuals experiencing eating disorders.

A frequent keynote speaker at professional conferences, Adele has published extensively in the field of emotion and health, including a clinical manual on EFFT published by the American Psychological Association.

She is passionate about helping parents to support their kids in a way that is informed by the latest developments in neuroscience. The knowledge and tips in her book, What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work is an effort to do just that.  With colleagues, she also makes a wealth of caregiving resources available at no cost at Mental Health Foundations.

Adele is also a leader in the research and practice of psychedelic medicine, with a focus on ayahuasca, MDMA, psilocybin and ketamine. Currently, she is the clinical investigator and strategy lead for the MAPS-sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study for eating disorders and a collaborator/clinical support on the Imperial College study for psilocybin and anorexia nervosa. She is a founding member of the Love Project.

Adele has a particular interest in mechanisms and models of healing, including emotion processing, spirituality and family-based psychedelic psychotherapy. She is a frequent contributor in the media relating to emotion, health and the science of psychedelics.

Please login to your account for Member Access to the webinar here.

Dr June Alexander Author and ED Advocate webinar18th November 2021 8pm – 9.30pm AEST

Journaling in Eating Disorder Recovery with Lived Experience Author & ED Advocate, Dr June Alexander

With eating disorder experience spanning 6 decades, Dr June Alexander will be presenting a collaborative event discussing topic/s directed from the audience.  Come along with suggested topics you would like to hear June talk about… These could be journaling in ED recovery, June’s lived experience journey, questions about her nine books on eating disorders, June’s advocacy and mentoring work etc.

June is founder of The Diary Healer and has written nine books about eating disorders. She combines her writing expertise with the life experience of recovering from long term anorexia nervosa, trauma and other comorbidities.

June is a co-chair of the NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Group, and a foundation steering committee member of the annual World Eating Disorders Action Day. She is a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Writers Victoria, Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and is an advisory panel member for Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)

June can be reached at june@junealexander.com and found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Please login to your account for Member Access to the webinar here.

Hugh van Cuylenberg webinar for Eating Disorders Families Australia2nd December 2021 8pm – 9.15pm AEST

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

Please login to your account for Member Access to the webinar here.

16th December 2021 8pm – 9.30pm AEST

Trauma and ED with Dr Suzy Redston, Psychiatrist

Trauma treatment for eating disordersDr 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.

Please login to your account for Member Access to the webinar here.

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, 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.

 – monthly state-based strive carer support groups

 – twice monthly education sessions

 – monthly sibling support group

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

 – discounts to eating disorder events and conferences. 

 – daily online support through our strive Facebook page 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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