Parents and Carers

EDFA was established to provide parent and carer support, to give a voice to families and carers of loved ones with an eating disorder. We are dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of involving parents and carers, and the benefits of including a trusted support person in the treatment plan. 

Our ‘P & C’ hub will connect parents and carers with peer support and mentoring, education, information and resources. Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder is a challenging journey, but you are no longer alone. We will guide and support you along the way. 

Strive Eating Disorder Support Groups for families in each state
Parent learning about eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia at a seminar.
Young woman with anorexia asking for help and support with her eating disorder

strive Carer Support Groups

strive Carer Support Groups are run nationally by trained facilitators with lived experience, for families and carers of those affected by an eating disorder.

Education and Information Webinars

We run national education  webinars online bi-monthly, with each seminar hosted by a lived experience or clinical expert in the Eating Disorder field. 

Organisations and resources

Need information, support and resources? Find our comprehensive list of eating disorder organisations and resource listing here.


Looking after yourself

Caring can be exhausting. When you are caring for someone with an eating disorder it can be very easy to put aside your own needs when responding to the crisis.


We have compiled a list of  resources for families, carers and members including members book, recommendations, podcasts, videos and more.

mother and daughter recovered eating disorder

Carer Stories

Meet the courageous parents and carers who have shared their personal stories of caring for someone with an eating disorder, to help other carers.

parents and carers holding hands for anorexia treatment tbt-s


Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about eating disorders to help. you on your caring journey.

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:

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:

Twice monthly education sessions

strive Carer Support Groups for carers of loved ones with any type of eating disorder (run three times each month)

strive ARFID Carer Support Group (run monthly)

strive bulimia nervosa Carer Support Group (run quarterly)

strive binge eating disorder Carer Support Group (run quarterly) 

strive4Men Carer Support Group (run quarterly) – a group for male carers 

siblings Support Group (run monthly) – a group for siblings of those with an eating disorder

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.

discounts to eating disorder events and conferences

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 eating disorder 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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