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Carer Support Group


Join a support group to connect with other carers of a loved one with an eating disorder.

Our support groups are all online and bring together carers from around Australia. 

Whether your loved one has a diagnosis, or you are concerned about their behaviours around food and/or their appearance, our support groups can help you care for your loved one.

Our lived experience facilitators:
  • Provide a safe, supportive place for
    carers to gain support or learn new ways
    of connecting and caring for a loved one
  • Share knowledge and encouragement
  • Provide hope with stories of recovery 

What to expect

  • One-hour groups
  • A relaxed and comfortable space to find support
  • No expectation to share – feel free to come along and listen
  • Run by facilitators with their own experience caring for a loved one with an eating disorder
  • Anonymity if preferred

Take a look at our calendar

See our upcoming support groups, webinars, wellbeing events, meditation sessions, and more

Which Carer Support Group should you join?

EDFA runs different types of support groups to ensure you find the right group for you. The guide below will help you work out which support group to attend.

General Support Groups

Open to all carers with ANY diagnosis.

(Evening Groups)

 

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Coffee Catchup

Open to all carers with ANY diagnosis.

(Daytime Groups)



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Diagnosis-Specific Groups

Carers of ARFID, SEED, Bulimia & Binge Eating

(Evening Groups)

 

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Carer-Specific Groups

For Siblings, Male Carers and New Carers.

(Evening Groups)



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General Support Groups

EDFA’s General Support Groups are open to all carers, supporting a loved one with ANY diagnosis.

Monthly occurrence (Evenings):
  • First Tuesday of each month, 8:00pm (AEST) 
  • Second Wednesday of each month, 8:00pm (AEST)

Coffee Catchups

EDFA’s Coffee Catchups are open to all carers, supporting a loved one with ANY diagnosis.

Monthly occurrence (Daytime):

Our Coffee Catchups take place on different dates each month, at 12pm (AEST). 

Our online calendar provides details of all other upcoming Coffee Catchups.

Diagnosis-Specific Support Groups

ARFID – Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Monthly occurrence (Evening)
Second Thursday of each month, 8:00pm (AEST).

SEED – Severe and Enduring Eating Disorder

The SEED group is open to anyone who has been caring for a loved one for over five years. 

Monthly occurrence (Evening)
Last Monday of each month, 8:00pm (AEST).

Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder

This support group is open to carers supporting someone with Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder. 
2024 Dates (Evenings):
  • Tuesday July 23, 8:00pm (AEST)
  • Tuesday October 22, 8:00pm (AEDT)

Carer-Specific Support groups

Our Carer-specific Support groups are open to carers with a loved one with ANY eating disorder, but are tailored for certain groups of carers.

Male Carers

 
Connect with other dads, or male partners and siblings to share learnings and create a community of male carers who are experiencing the often isolating journey of caring for someone with an eating disorder.
 
2024 dates (Evenings)
  • Wednesday June 26, 8:00 (AEST)
  • Wednesday August 28, 8:00 (AEST)
  • Wednesday October 23, 8:00 (AEDT)
 
 
 

Rohan shares his experience attending EDFA’s Men’s Carer Support Group

Siblings

EDFA’s Sibling Support Group is a safe space to give siblings a voice, and help them understand their role as a sibling. We welcome adult siblings (aged 18+) each month.

Monthly occurrence (Evening)
Second Tuesday of each month, 8:00pm (AEST).

Newbie Carers

 
EDFA’s Newbie group is open to anyone who has been caring for a loved one for less than 12 months.

Monthly occurrence (Evening)
Fourth Thursday of each month, 8:00pm (AEST).

 

 

Madeleine shares her experience attending EDFA’s Newbie’s Carer Support Group

Carer Wellbeing Event

These events are an opportunity for carers to connect with others in a nurturing group. You’ll leave the event feeling grounded, clear and calm.
We also host these events on the weekend, so that those working have an opportunity to attend!
We’ll do some gentle stretching, leading into a guided meditation, and then have time for a quiet reflection through journaling with some short prompts.

Learn more about Support Group safety here.

For all enquiries, contact our Support Program team at support@edfa.org.au.