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 are proud to launch this website and hope you find our website and associated resources useful as we build the content over time. We would love to hear from any of you, carers or clinicians, on what you would like to see on this site.
We welcome support in the form of membership and donations to help us achieve our goals.
Join us at the “Pass the Baton” Ball for a night of fun for a good cause!
The ‘Pass The Baton’ Ball is raising funds for five key initiatives: –
- Developing and disseminating ‘critical information packages’ to families and carers from day one, on diagnosis.
- ‘Specific scenario packages’ for families and carers (such as hospital admission, chronic eating disorders, medical emergencies).
- Expert training programs for families and carers to facilitate local support groups.
- Scholarships for families & carers experiencing financial hardship and/or geographic challenges, to attend educational events.
- `Fun Days’ for siblings and affected others.
For more information click here
Eating Disorders Families Australia (EDFA) Launch
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