Caring for someone with an eating disorder?

Eating Disorders Families Australia (EDFA) has been established by a group of Australian parents and supports who have cared for and treated a young person with an eating disorder, to advocate for the needs and roles of other parents during this experience. Parents and families of children under 18 years are seen by the service system to be vital to treatment and recovery, but not necessarily equipped or supported to be a part of this process. Parents and families of adult children over 18 years have an even less clear mandate and yet have a vital role to play in their family member’s well being and recovery.

Eating Disorders Families Australia (EDFA) acknowledges that not all parents and families are prepared to access their own resources and support or capable of playing a central role in the treatment and recovery of their family member with an eating disorder. However, it is best practice for all parents and families to be given the option and support to maximise their role in the care team. Such collaborative approaches result in better long-term outcomes for our loved ones, more resilient families and less impact on our health system.

Eating Disorders Families Australia (EDFA) sees parents and families of people with eating disorders as parents, carers, siblings, extended family or significant others.

‘Temperament Based Therapy with Supports’ workshops/training huge success!

EDFA conducted a series of incredibly well received workshops in early 2019 in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

In partnership with EDANZ, we were able to reach over 350 carers and clinicians across Australia and New Zealand. 290 people attended one day only carer/clinician workshops and a further 60 people continued on to do the 4 day training. Evaluations have indicated extremely high ratings for all aspects of the workshops and trainings.

EDFA deliberately brought clinicians and carers together for the workshops to recognise that both are critical members of the team and can learn from each other as well as the TBT-S presenters. 

To see Prof Ivan Eisler talk about TBT-S, click HERE 

For more information about the treatment methodology and the presenters, visit

Want to understand what it is like to care for someone with an eating disorder?

Gregg and Sarah Brown, parents of a young person who is recovered from an eating disorder, made this amazing video documentary for EDFA featuring 3 families telling their story of the impact of the eating disorder on their family and what they needed to do to support their loved one.  To view this video go to