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What's on at EDQ 

JANUARY - MARCH EDITION                                                    
EDQ Availability Update

We will be unavailable on Monday April 26th and Monday May 3rd.

If you are in need of alternative supports during this time, you can contact:
Butterfly Foundation 
Lifeline
Suicide Call Back Line
Carers Qld
Arafmi - Carer/Family Support
Eating Disorder Families Australia - Carer/Family Support
 
 
 

GENERAL NEWS

Here's just some of what we have been up to over the last three months:
  • From the New Year onwards, we were excited to be able to hold in-person groups once again. We have continued to offer groups and individual sessions online as an option for those who aren't able to attend in-person 
  • January saw the long-awaited return of our Community Table meal support group
  • In February, we also reintroduced our popular Trauma-Informed Yoga Group
  • By March, all of our groups were up and running, including Peer Mentor Program, Peer Support Group, Therapeutic Group, and more!
  • In March we invited the lovely Nic McDermid to speak with us about Challenging Fatphobia as part of our International Women's Day celebrations. You can find a video of that conversation here.
  • Our Carer team has current availability for individual coaching sessions, as well as a monthly Carer Connect group, and a Fostering Recovery Workshop coming up in May. Please let us know if you are interested in connecting with any of those. 
  • See the April 2021 calendar below for all of our upcoming events and program dates. Email admin@edq.org.au to register your interest or find out more about any of the listings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 2021 Calendar

Welcome to our new team members! 

 
 
 
 
We have been busy hiring new staff to meet the increased demand for our support. Please extend a very warm welcome to these new members of our team. 

Lisa Prineas - Contracted Dietitian (Medicare and NDIS)

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) (Hons)
Lisa graduated with Honours from the Queensland University of Technology and is an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

An experienced dietitian, Lisa has practiced in both public and private hospital settings with inpatients and outpatients across most clinical areas and in private practice, managing patients with multiple complex chronic conditions and social complexities, and has also developed strong skills in working with patients with eating disorders, disordered eating and mental health conditions.
Lisa is truly passionate about helping people with their eating concerns, health and wellbeing, and endeavours to work collaboratively with clients and others so they can have a more enjoyable and positive relationship with food, nutrition and themselves.
A mother of 4 boys, Lisa is an extremely dedicated, kind, caring and compassionate clinician who is patient centred and committed to helping and facilitating patients achieve their goals.
Lisa is available each Monday from 9am to 3pm, for both in-person and telehealth appointments. 

Lucy Galbraith - Eating Disorder Practitioner



Lucy comes from a social work background and has 10 years of experience across the community sector. She has supported young people, adults and families in the fields of mental health, eating disorders, substance use, homelessness and refugee settlement. Alongside her social work practice, Lucy is an accredited yoga and mindfulness teacher and incorporates these skills into her therapeutic approach. With strong values in community and connection, Lucy strives to support people to overcome barriers and move toward their hopes and dreams.


Anita Perrigo - Care Navigator

Anita is very excited to commence in the newly created EDQ role of Care Navigator. Anita has worked within mental health and disability services for over 25 years within Government departments and the not-for-profit community sector, in a variety of roles both within Australia and the UK. She has a Masters in Human Services and a Post-Graduation Cert in Disability Studies. Anita values spending time with her family and the great outdoors.

Laura Zuber - Peer Support Worker


View Laura's WEDAD video here

Laura joins us as a Peer Support Worker, using her lived experience to provide recovery-based support services to people with a range of eating issues. Laura has previously been involved with EDQ as a Peer Mentor in our Peer Mentoring Program, and also as a Lived Experience Speaker. Laura will be a familiar face for many people after she shared some of her story with us last year, filming several videos for us last year - for World Eating Disorder Action Day in June (linked above), Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week in September, and finally a Vodcast in December to assist with Holiday Season Preparation! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Challenging Fatphobia - with Nic McDermid

We invite you to view this video, recorded from a live online conversation between EDQ staff member Rohie Marshall, and guest Nic McDermid. 

Nic McDermid (she/her) is a fat activist, a disruptor of the status quo, and an intersectional feminist. She is a thought leader in the lived experience realm, writing and speaking prolifically on the topics of eating disorder recovery, chronic illness, mental health and weight stigma. Find Nic on Instagram at @nic.mcdermid. 

As part of International Women's Day, Rohie and Nic discussed Nic's personal lived experience of fatphobia and how this impacted her. They also discuss the concept of fatphobia and who it impacts, and ways in which we can all challenge it.

As Nic says, "You can’t thought-challenge your way out of systemic oppression"
 
 
 
International Women's Day 2021 - Conversations with Eating Disorders Qld
How Does Cultivating Appreciation Affect Your Brain? Eating Disorder Qld's CEO, Belinda Chelius, has kindly shared this article on the neuroscience behind gratitude. Click through to find out how a regular gratitude practice can become a pathway to experiencing more positive emotions, as well as motivation for self-improvement. 

EDQ staff have been following our own advice in this area - we dedicate the first few minutes of each meeting for each staff member to share something we feel grateful for - either at work, or in our own lives. This provides a nice opportunity for us each to reflect on our own gratitude, as well as getting to know each other a little better.

Good Luck Emily! 

The EDQ team came together online this week to wish the lovely Emily the best of luck in her new role as a mother. Emily will be setting off on maternity leave from next week, and we wish her and her husband all the very best in this new adventure. 

 
 
 
 

New resources available

 

Supporting a loved one through an eating disorder can be tough. 

That’s why InsideOut has developed a new online program to equip parents, siblings and friends with the tools to best support their loved ones. 

Over five-modules you will learn:
- Different treatment options 
- How to provide support around mealtimes
- Communication skills 
- Strategies for avoiding and responding to conflict
- The signs of burnout and how to respond 
- Ways of finding meaning and purpose 

For a limited time, InsideOut is offering 3 months free access.
https://insideoutinstitute.org.au/resource-library/supported

If at any time you feel distressed, you can call the Butterfly National Helpline 1800 33 4673

Body image, social media and eating disorders are a growing topic of concern in the community and a very personal issue for many people of all ages, sizes, shapes, abilities, gender identity, sexual identity, cultural identity and economic background.

Body image is ranked in the top three concerns for young people in Australia (Tiller et al., 2020). Billions of people worldwide use social media, many daily and for hours at a time, and research has shown that social media use is associated with increased body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. (Holland & Tiggemann, 2016).

NEDC has recently released a new Body Image Fact Sheet. Pictured above is Media Smart Online - a free, confidential, fully online program that has previously been found to be very helpful for 18-25 year-old women with mild body image concerns through to those with an eating disorder. This online program was developed by Dr. Simon Wilsch for Flinders University. The I am Media Smart research trial is open to 13-25 year-olds of any gender who wish to improve their body image, with recruitment open until May 2021. 

In the Community 

On the 27th of March Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ) co-facilitated a training with the Queensland Eating Disorder Service and Communify for service providers. The training focused on supporting an individual with an eating disorder and covered topics such as understanding eating disorders, communication strategies, monitoring medical stability and supporting clients with principles from RAVES.

Two of EDQ recovery speakers shared their story with the audience and provided insight into their lived experience and what they found helpful from treatment providers. The purpose of the training was to help guide external organisations and treatment providers with supporting clients who are experiencing eating disorders.



Sarah shows some of the merchandise EDQ had available at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo

Carers Queensland hosted the Brisbane North Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo on Wednesday 24 March.
 
This event provided individuals and carers with an opportunity to connect with mental health and community support services in their area, including EDQ, Headspace, and Relationships Queensland.
 
Dozens of services had information stalls and some services gave presentations throughout the day.
 
 
 

Eating Disorders Care Pathway Project 


Brisbane North PHN has engaged Eating Disorders Qld to develop a Care Pathway for eating disorders. Work on this project has begun and is anticipated to be completed and available to health professionals from July 2021 onwards. 

A care pathway is a representation of the mix of services and supports that should support a person experiencing a particular condition, including how these services are accessed and coordinated within a local health system. Through the development of a documented care pathway, which will be created through consultation with local practitioners, clients, and key support people (e.g. family members), it is hoped that the pathway from a person first presenting at their GP with eating disorder behaviours or thoughts,  all the way through to their recovery, will be clearly laid out with the appropriate referrals being available at every stage.

We anticipate that through EDQ and Brisbane North PHN's work on this project, we will be able to make it easier for anyone with an eating disorder to access the right care, at the right time for them - across Queensland. 
 
 
 

Medicare - Telehealth Appointments


Good news for Medicare clients - temporary access to telehealth appointments has been extended until June 30, 2021 to help reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 and provide protection for patients and health care providers.

The existing requirements will still apply - telehealth may only be provided where appropriate and safe to do so, where the client has an existing clinical relationship with the practitioner, and where they are not currently a hospital patient. 

For more information, see this Medicare Factsheet or ask our admin staff. 
 
 
 
 

Opportunity for Young Carers 


Arafmi and Little Dreamers engaged a team of researchers at Griffith University in Queensland to undertake a research project examining the experiences of young people (aged 9-24) who provide care (or assist in providing care) to one or more family members or friends. The research project has been approved by Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee.
 
The research team would like to hear about your experiences. We are asking you to do an online survey that will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Your participation will mean we gain a better understanding of how to support young carers in the future. Your answers will be kept confidential. To thank you for your time in completing the survey, you can enter into a prize draw to win one of four $25 Coles or Kmart store vouchers.
 
When you start the survey you will need to read and agree to the conditions outlined in the Research Information sheet. If you are aged under 16 you will need a parent/guardian to agree for you to undertake our survey (and they may complete the survey for you and ask you what responses you want to provide to the questions, or you may complete the survey on your own).
 
The survey will be available until 12th April 2021.
If you would like to complete the survey, you can access it through this link www.tinyurl.com/youngcarers1
 
If you would like to know more about young carers and why we are doing this survey, please listen to some words from a young carer at this link https://arafmi.com.au/young-carers-survey/

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