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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.


June 30-July 1: Maudsley Model of Family Based Treatment for Anorexia NervosaLocation: Baillie Henderson Hospital, Toowoomba, Queensland. Details: This intensive workshop hosted by Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) featuring Kim Hurst will explore the basics of the family-based treatment. Loved ones and professionals are encouraged to attend. Contact: (Pub/Pro)

July 1: Assessment and Core Interventions for Eating Disorders in Older Adolescents and AdultsLocation: Holiday Inn Potts Point, Sydney. Details: This event, hosted by Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), will be presented by Christ Basten and Chris Thornton as they share how to best treat an eating disorder patient, from diagnosis to discharge.
Contact: (Pub/Pro)

August 26-27: ANZAED 2016 Conference. Location: Rydges Latimer Hotel – Christchurch, New Zealand. Details: This conference, themed “Building Blocks to Understanding,” includes workshops and keynote speakers Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., and Roger Mulder, Ph.D. Contact: (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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