1. Lived Experience and Peer Work
Lived experience and peer work is a human rights and social justice response that empowers those who are generally disempowered by the institutions that are designed to treat them (Mead et al., 2001). This work serves to provide a person centered, trauma informed, and mutual support treatment approach for recovery.
Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) advocates for the integration of lived experience and peer work across the continuum of eating disorder care. EDV has a 40+ year history of providing lived experience community support, and currently provides world-leading and comprehensive peer support programs.
EDV recognises the unique experience and complexity of eating disorder experiences. Through our lived experience and peer workforce, we inspire hope and motivation at every stage of eating disorder help-seeking, treatment, caring roles and recovery.
2. Carers, Family, and Supporters of Young People (<18yrs) with an Eating Disorder
Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) advocates for system-wide recognition of the vital role of all carers, family and supporters in facilitating eating disorder recovery.
We recognise that the role of carers of young people <18yrs of age is often intensive and demanding, requiring specific knowledge, skills and resources. We call for focused investment that supports carers to succeed in their caring role. This includes access to financial and community-based supports, such as psychoeducation, skill-building, in-home help and access to peer workers. We also recognise that everyone’s carer experience and recovery journey will look different, and that individualised and person-centred care is essential.