Eating Disorders Service - For parents and families

Parents, carers and families who have a young person in the Eating Disorders Service (EDS) are given support as they journey through our service.

We have a range of resources, videos and support groups and parent and carer education sessions available for those who are a part of our service.

Support groups

We offer support groups that are facilitated by the EDS and previous family members who have had the experience of supporting a young person with an eating disorder.

Parents and Carers Support Group

Parents, carers or grandparents with a young person in treatment with the Eating Disorder Service are invited to come along and share your concerns, ask questions and gain knowledge, skills and confidence to help you support your young person during their eating disorder journey.

Time

Mondays from 9am to 11am

Location

Ronald McDonald Family Room, Ground Level near the Northern Entrance

Refreshments will be provided.

Mothers Support Group

Facilitated by mothers who have previously had treatment for their children through the EDS, this group will provide the opportunity to connect with other mums, grandmothers or aunties and share in the experiences of supporting a young person through their eating disorder journey.

Time

Every two months on the first Thursday of the month, from 5pm to 7pm

Location

Level 2, Clinic K reception (take the Yellow or Pink lifts)

Refreshments will be provided.

Contact

For more details speak with your care coordinator or contact EDS reception staff.

Fathers Group

A group for fathers, also open to grandfathers or uncles of young people with eating disorders. Facilitated by fathers with experience of the EDS, the aims of this group are to offer opportunity to meet other fathers and male carers, share wisdom and experience and to provide mutual support in a non-judgemental environment.

Time

Every two months, from 6pm to 8pm

Location

Level 2, Clinic K reception (take the Yellow or Pink lifts)

Refreshments will be provided.

Contact

For more details speak with your care coordinator or contact EDS reception staff.

Parent and carer education

Eating Disorder Essentials

Parents, carers and families have an important role in supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. The Eating Disorders Essentials is a two-day workshop for families supporting a young person in our service, which aims to teach you:

  • How an eating disorder affects physical health, emotions, developmental milestones and family relationships
  • What you can do to support your young person their journey through an eating disorder towards recovery.

Attendance at this workshop is a requirement for all new parents and carers. It has been highly recommended by the previous parents and carers of young people with an eating disorder.

Bookings

Please book here.