Eating Disorders Families Australia (EDFA) has been established by a group of Australian parents 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.
Want to know what is going on with an eating disorder- and how to use that knowledge to support the person you care for?
Workshops in early 2019 in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth www.edfaevents.com
Dr Christina Wierenga Dr Stephanie Knatz Peck Dr Laura Hill
Come & learn from the international experts and founders of the Temperament Based Therapy with Supports model.
In a one day format, clinicians and carers will learn together about the following
Basics of neurobiology of eating disorders
Developing neurobiology literacy (clinicians and carers):
Using neurobiological understanding to work with the person with AN & their family/supports
Negotiating and developing behavioural contracts
Helpful tools for family/supports and clients
Carers will come away with greater understanding about what is driving the eating disorders and valuable skills for working with their loved one.
EDFA has deliberately brought clinicians and carers together for this day to recognise that both are critical members of the team and can learn from each other as well as the TBT-S presenters.
To register click HERE
To see Prof Ivan Eisler talk about TBT-S, click HERE
For more information, visit www.edfaevents.com
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 https://youtu.be/anDnIvu4FjI