Support services for eating disorders

You don’t have to struggle with an eating disorder on your own. There are services that exist specifically to provide support for eating disorders in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, and Australia wide, including services for if you need to talk to someone right now.

This might help if…

  • you're suffering from an eating disorder
  • you’re looking for support for eating disorders
  • you’re looking for support for a friend or family member
  • you're a carer of someone with an eating disorder.

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If you want to talk to someone right now

Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) and Lifeline (13 11 14) both have trained counselors available 24/7 if you feel that you’d like to contact someone immediately.

National services

The Butterfly Foundation

Butterfly’s National Support Line, 1800 ED HOPE, provides confidential support for:

  • People with eating disorders
  • People with body image issues
  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Anyone with a question about eating disorders or negative body image.

The Butterfly Foundation’s counsellors are professionally trained, compassionate, and experienced in eating disorders.  Butterfly provides personalised coping strategies and support for eating disorders, and information to help increase your understanding of your, or your loved one’s, illness. They also offer guidance on treatment options and connections with other services and specialists.

Website: thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Support services (available Mon-Fri): Phone Support1800 33 4673 (9am – 5pm), text based chat via the website (12pm – 9pm); or support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au at any time.

National Eating Disorder Collaboration

The National Eating Disorder Collaboration is a great resource for up to date information and research on eating disorders. They also provide a list of state-by-state treatment services for inpatient, outpatient and community support programs in their ‘Get Help’ section.

Website: www.nedc.com.au

Victoria

Eating Disorders Victoria

Eating disorders Victoria is a state-based source of support, information, community education and advocacy in Victoria for people with eating disorders and their families.

Website: www.eatingdisorders.org.au

Support services (available Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm): 1300 550 236 or help@eatingdisorders.org.au

New South Wales

The Butterfly Foundation

As well as their freecall national Support Line, 1800 EDHOPE, The Butterfly Foundation also provides  eating disorder recovery support groups and carer support groups in Crows Nest and Bondi, and face-to-face low-cost counselling at Butterfly House in Crows Nest.

Website: www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Support services (available Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm EST): 1800 33 4673 or support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Address: 103 Alexander Street Crows Nest NSW 2065

Queensland

Eating Disorders Association Inc Queensland

The Eating Disorders Association Inc (Qld) provides information, referral services and support for eating disorders in the state of Queensland.

Website: www.eda.org.au

Address: 12 Chatsworth Road, Greenslopes QLD 4120

Telephone: (07) 3394 3661

Email: admin@eda.org.au

Isis The Eating Issues Centre

Isis works with people over age 17 with serious eating issues such as anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating.

Website: www.isis.org.au

Address: 1/109 Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill 4101 QLD

Telephone: (07) 3844 6055

Email: info@isis.org.au

South Australia

Eating Disorders Association South Australia

EDASA provides information, workshops for community professionals, and support groups for people experiencing an eating disorder and for their carers in South Australia.

Address: Unley Annexe, PO Box 556, Unley 5061 

Email: edasarecovery@gmail.com

Centacare Catholic Family Services Adelaide

Through its PACE service, Centacare supports individuals living with panic anxiety, obsessive compulsive and eating disorders and those that support them. 

Website: www.centacare.org.au

Address: 45 Wakefield St, Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone:  (08)  8159 1400

Email: enquiries@centacare.org.au

Western Australia

Women’s Health Works

Women’s Health Works provides women with a range of education, information and support for eating disorders, including self help groups for people experiencing an eating disorder.

Website: www.womenshealthworks.org.au

Address: Suite 6, Joondalup Lotteries House, 70 Davidson Tce Joondalup WA 6919

Telephone: (08) 9300 1566

Email: info@womenshealthworks.org.au

Tasmania

Tasmania Recovery From Eating Disorders (TRED)

TRED provides information and support groups for people experiencing an eating disorder in Tasmania.

Website: www.tred.org.au

Telephone: 0417 143 084

Email: jo.cook@tred.org.au

What can I do now?

  • Call the National Support Line for eating disorders 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673) for free, confidential support, help and information.
  • Visit the National Eating Disorders Collaboration website to learn more about services available for eating disorders.
  • Ask a friend to go along to an appointment with you if you don’t want to go alone.
Last reviewed: 27 November, 2014
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