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Australia Eating Disorder Treatment Information & Resources

Image of young ladyAustralia has shown a deep desire to address the prevalence of eating disorders worldwide through prevention efforts and increased accessibility to treatment. The country developed a proposed National Strategy on Body Image in 2009 to combat negative body talk and negative messages in the media. Through increased awareness and legislation, Australia is becoming a world leader in the field of eating disorders.

Australia’s Eating Disorder Organizations & Charities

Australia’s Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

“…‘My view is the average Australian person cannot live a lifestyle that dictates a constant, very restrictive eating regime and at the same time, a happy, social, healthy life.’” Read more here.

“One million Australians are struggling with an eating disorder, but they’re still seen as a ‘choice.’ A recovered anorexia sufferer shares her story.” Read more here.


October 13-14: Advanced Family Based Treatment for Anorexia Workshop. Location: The Children’s Hospital – Sydney, Australia. Details: This two-day workshop led by Andrew Wallis and Colleen Alford provides practical skills for working with children and adolescents with eating disorders. Contact: (02) 9845-3338 (Pro)

October 13-14: Family-Based Treatment for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Location: Victoria, Australia. Details: This event is hosted by the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) and features senior clinicians speaking on the clinical benefits and skills required for family-based treatment. More informationContact: (Pro)

November 25: Clinical Management of Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa. Time: 9:00am AEST. Location: Brisbane, Australia. Details: Guest speakers Phillipa Hay and Stephen Touyz examine chronic anorexia nervosa and the ways in which treatment can be most effective. More informationContact: (Pro)

December 2: Clinical Management of Compulsive Exercise in Eating Disorders. Time: 9:30am AEST. Location: Sydney, Australia. Details: This event features Phillipa Hay and Stephen Touyz speaking on compulsive exercise and eating disorders, specifically in cases of treatment for anorexia nervosa. More informationContact: (Pro)

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In a 2015 article, chief executive of The Butterfly Foundation states that “…young people often experience intense body dissatisfaction by comparing themselves to others on social media.” Do you agree that social media “fitspo” contributes to body image issues in children and teens?

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