Meet Our Ambassador

Eating Disorders Families Australia (EDFA) is proud to announce 

Hugh van Cuylenburg as our new Ambassador.

Hugh van Cuylenburg’s inspirational book ‘The Resilience Project’ remains on top of the best sellers list here, nationally and internationally. 

Hugh’s own lived-experience of an eating disorder in the family goes back to his teenage years when his younger sister was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.

Hugh experienced first-hand how eating disorders impact the whole family.

After his sister’s hospitalisation, Hugh remembers the severe sadness around the dinner table., his parents crying and he and his little brother were sad and terrified.

It was at that moment that Hugh realised the family was ‘broken’, they were not what they used to be anymore and he wondered how would they ever mend again.

The eating disorder in the family profoundly affected everyone and has had ongoing effects in all their lives since.

Hugh wishes his family had an organisation like EDFA back then to turn to for support. 

This experience underpins his motivation to create The Resilience Project!


Education is key

Hugh van Cylenburg  has been working in education for over 15 years, teaching both primary and secondary in a range of educational settings. 

The highlight of his teaching career was the year he spent in the far north of India volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas. It was here that he discovered resilience in its purest form.

Inspired by this experience Hugh returned to Melbourne and commenced working on his own 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 bestselling author and co-host of the popular podcast, The Imperfects.


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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