Eating Disorders Families Australia
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.
We welcome support in the form of membership and donations to help us achieve our goals.
Thanks to all who attended and contributed to make the night a HUGE success! We had over 630 people attending, we have raised over $60,000 and more importantly we recognised and celebrated the heroes who love and care for someone with an eating disorder. We had an amazing moment where anyone in the room who has been impacted by eating disorders stood to the song Hero and there was not a dry eye in the house (to see this moment visit our Facebook Page). This followed an amazing small documentary made by parent with lived experience, Gregg and Sarah Brown. on families impacted by eating disorders. To view this video go to https://youtu.be/anDnIvu4FjI. Kate Carnell AM also inspired with her personal story of having an eating disorder and as a parent of someone with an eating disorder.
Apart from these two elements, the rest of the night was dedicated to good food, good fun with the amazing Fiona O’Loughlin and Adam Rozenbachs, and dancing to an awesome band!
For photos of the event, click here
Eating Disorders Families Australia (EDFA) Launch (May 2017)
To hear a synopsis of what we are intending to be and do, see the video of our Launch Slideshow and Message from the Chair
To see our Launch media release click here