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COVID-19 UPDATE 

Throughout COVID-19, Eating Disorders Qld has continued to safely deliver services via telehealth. Individuals can now choose between either telehealth or face-to-face sessions, and we continue to re-evaluate our ability to move back towards face-to-face group services. 

EDQ Enquiries and information via phone, web enquiries and email, Monday for Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
 

Who Else to Contact 

Physical Health Advice:
13 43 25 84 (Queensland Health)

Mental Health Advice:
1300 624 255 (Queensland Health)

Eating Disorder Support:
1800 33 46 73 (The Butterfly Foundation - National) 

Coronavirus Health Information:
1800 020 080 (Department of Health - National)

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We have moved premises, now located at 51 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane. There is limited parking available at the rear of the building - entry via 126 Vulture Street. 
Cooking volunteer and Board member Anastasia and General Manager Belinda with the third in our series of cooking videos. This muffin recipe is quick, easy, and delicious – and comes at a great time as blueberries and strawberries are easily available right now
Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week
6 - 12 September 2020
#ChangeTheDialogue
During Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week (BIEDAW), EDQ raised awareness around changing the dominant discourse that our bodies define our worth as humans, using the social media hashtag #ChangeTheDialogue. This year we collaborated with The Butterfly Foundation, Eating Disorders Victoria, Bridges WA, and Eating Disorders Families Australia on a national campaign.

EDQ recognises that while we do not always love our bodies, we can reframe some of the inner ‘chatter’, so we respect how our bodies perform and sustain us daily, even when we don’t see them as perfect.
Tanya Kretschmann, a lived experience speaker and senior mentor with EDQ, reframes positive body image to “a state of body neutrality, when we don’t always ‘love our body’, but we aim to deeply respect what our bodies give and do for us.”
EDQ Board Chair Karen Dare and Practitioner Lisa Kelly with some of the beautiful sculptures that Lisa created for our BIEDAW Reconnect Event. Lisa sculpted these figures from paper clay. Paper clay is a great medium for this project as it provides a realistic skin texture - inclusive of lumps and bumps. We love using Reconnect events to guide clients in creating art that showcases a whole range of bodies, in a number of different mediums.
We understand that maintaining a healthy view of bodies can be a struggle as we are bombarded daily by messages from a billion dollar ‘weight management' industry (projected to have a market worth of US $269.2 Billion by 2024). The diet industry is continually producing new ways of how we can deprive ourselves of nutrition in the name of ‘health' - but why all the new diets? BECAUSE DIETS DON’T WORK!! Diets do not improve health, and diets do not improve body image. In fact, those people who diet are more likely to have poor body image and go on to develop an eating disorder.

These global industries need to keep finding ways to be engage their customers, as their previous no- carb/low carb/keto/detox approaches have failed to produce the desired result - hence the continual creation of new "healthy eating" methods and diets. The weight loss industry profits from the creation and maintenance of poor body image. It is in their best interest to continue providing us with a negative view of food, eating, and our bodies.

EDQ General Manager Belinda Chelius encourages everyone to embrace the new way of having conversations about bodies and reframe the current discourse of dieting; getting beach body ready; losing the iso-weight; or striving for ideal body types. We can help create safe, non-judgmental environments for conversations where bodies and people are not judged on their shape or size. There is #NoWrongWayToHaveaBody, so let us #ChangetheDialogue and instead strive to accept the ones we have.

Queensland Health has generously increased our funding to better support those impacted by Eating Disorders during these difficult times, with many false and triggering messages emerging around BMI and COVID risk factors. Nationally ED services have seen a significant increase in individuals and carers seeking support and treatment, often with presentations with higher complexity and severity. Ongoing additional funding will be pivotal during the COVID recovery period.

The Brisbane City Council supported our message of #ChangeTheDialogue with public banners and lights at Caxton Street, Milton and Story Bridge (Inbound).
General Manager Belinda Chelius is pictured here with our #BIEDAW banner on the Story Bridge
Today is #RUOKDAY, an annual day of action and a reminder that every day is a day to start a conversation. This year’s theme, 'There's more to say after RUOK?,' focuses on building confidence so people know how to keep the conversation going with someone who is struggling. Given eating disorders are serious mental illnesses, we've come together with @theButterflyFoundation@edfaustralia@bridgesedassociationwa and @eatingdisordersvictoria to give you some tips on how to approach someone you care about if you think they may be experiencing an #eatingdisorder. Remember, you don't have to fix the problem, but speaking to them could make a world of difference. #RUOKDAY
Thanks to Local Member Jackie Trad for making the time to come and visit EDQ's new premises earlier this month, during Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It was great to see our local member taking an interest in the great work we do here at EDQ. Jackie is here pictured with some of the members of our team and Board. 
"It’s in our best interest to flourish, not just survive." - Alanah Dobinson

EDQ General Manager, Belinda Chelius discusses Exercise and Eating Disorders with Exercise Physiologist, Alanah Dobinson.⁠ (@alanah.dobinson.exercise.phys) This is part two of Belinda's chat with Alanah; please see Episode 4 for part one. Download the accompanying e-page for this here.

The Safe Exercise at Every Stage Guidelines are accessible at www.safeexerciseateverystage.com. The website includes resources that are helpful for practitioners and those on the treatment team.

In a similar vein, the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC)  has been working in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for over two years to help the high performance sport system support the prevention and early identification of disordered eating, and promote timely intervention.
This week marks the launch of a dedicated website, position statement and supporting resources. Discover more at AIS.gov.au/disorderedeating 
We would like to welcome Lauren Hutton into our Allied Health team! Lauren (pictured above, second from left) is a Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about understanding others and supporting them to lead more emotionally fulfilling lives. Lauren’s approach to therapy is thoughtful, caring, and authentic. During her clinical training and later work, Lauren has practiced in both public and private sectors, in hospital inpatient and outpatient clinics, and worked in research. Lauren has a special interest in Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy. Lauren will be our primary NDIS practitioner and will also be able to see clients under Medicare plans.

Also pictured (L-R) - Megan Bray, Dietitian; Jane Bowman, Mental Health Social Worker; and Rosie Quinlan, Clinical Psychologist.

Our entire Allied Health team see clients who have been referred under a Medicare plan for rebated sessions. For more information on how to utilize Medicare rebates or NDIS packages, please ask one of our staff members.

EDGI is the world's largest genetics investigation into eating disorders ever performed. The local arm of EDGI aims to identify hundreds of genes that influence a person’s risk of developing anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa & binge-eating disorder in order to improve treatments, &, ultimately save lives.

If you'd like to take part in this study, or find out more information, please visit www.edgi.org.au 
EDQ is happy to be supporting the EDGI campaign and assisting in the recruitment of Australian volunteers. Our General Manager Belinda here discusses the study with Professor Nicholas Martin – Lead Investigator for EDGI (AUS) and Head of the Genetic Epidemiology Lab at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane.
Community Table - Recovery Through Structured Eating is a semi-structured group-based community program for people recovering from a range of eating disorders. The goal of the program is to provide participants a safe, supported environment to work through the challenges associated with eating.

We have recently had the program independently evaluated, which determined that both the severity of eating disorder symptoms and the frequency of eating disorder behaviours were reduced following the completion of the program. The full report is available here

Upcoming Events

If you are interested in attending any of our events or programs, or would like further information, please contact EDQ on admin@edq.org.au or (07) 3844 6055. Upcoming events can be found here.

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