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Carers need support too

 If you are currently caring for someone experiencing an eating disorder, there are a number of supports available to help you in your journey.

Being a carer can often be an exhausting and isolating experience. Carers may need emotional as well as financial support. This page explains some of the services available to carers that address these needs. Eating Disorders Victoria acknowledges that carers can be anyone – parents, partners, siblings, children, in-laws, close friends etc.

Eating disorder specific support for carers

Eating Disorders Victoria Hub

The EDV Hub is a free and confidential support and information service. Carers and family members can access the Hub service via telephone, email or by dropping in to our office in Abbotsford. The Hub team provide an understanding ear to talk to, with many of our Hub volunteers having lived experience of eating disorders themselves. The Hub can also provide carers specific information that may be useful in your caring role. This can include:

  • Information about pathways to care in your local area
  • Names of clinicians in your local area who specialise in treating eating disorders
  • Suggestions for resources, such as books and factsheets
  • Advice on how to have difficult conversations with loved ones

Contact the Hub on 1300 550 236 Mon-Fri 9.30am – 4.30pm or email
Find out more information on the EDV Hub here 

Eating Disorders Families Australia (EDFA)

EDFA was established by a group of parents who all have lived experience of caring for a child with an eating disorder. EDFA understand and advocate for the vital role that parents and families have in the treatment of eating disorders. They offer peer support through their STRIVE support groups, as well as through closed facebook groups.

F.E.A.S.T (Families Empowered And Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders)

F.E.A.S.T is an online resource for parents caring for children affected by eating disorders. F.E.A.S.T.’s Mission is to support caregivers by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders. F.E.A.S.T also run the Around the Dinner Table Forum, an online community for parents of children with eating disorders that has been running since 2004. Visit the F.E.A.S.T website here


General carer supports in Victoria


Tandem is the peak body that represents family and friends supporting people living with mental illness. Tandem administer the Mental Health Carer Support Fund (CSF), which is funded by the Victorian Government. The Carer Support Fund is available to family members and friends who are supporting a person receiving services from an Area Mental Health Service (ie. a public mental health service).

Learn more about the Mental Health Carer Support Fund by visiting the Tandem website
Find your local Area Mental Health Service here 

What can the CSF be used for?

  • Transport and/or costs associated with visiting the person with a mental illness in hospital or accompanying them to medical appointments as appropriate in your supporting role.
  • Carer education programs and conferences that promote knowledge and understanding of mental illness and the mental health system; and to support carer resilience, self-care and wellbeing.
  • Respite. Opportunities for the carer to have a break from the caring role.
  • Educational expenses. Opportunities for the carer to pursue vocational opportunities through short-term educational activities.
  • Counselling. Short term counselling, provided by a practitioner outside the mental health service, to address the emotional and relationship impacts of caring for someone with a mental illness.
  • Reimbursement of costs (that cannot be claimed through other Department of Health concessions or other funding sources for carers) incurred by the carer on behalf of the person for whom they care.
  • Wellbeing activities for carers, individually or in groups, to access opportunities such as yoga, meditation, sporting activities, art, music or other recreational activities to support their personal wellbeing.
  • The Fund may be used to support activity for a group of carers such as attendance at a conference or sporting event.
  • Sitting fees for individual carers or members of the Carer and Family Advisory Group who participate in systemic carer participation activities on behalf of the mental health services.


Victorian Support for Carers Program

The Victorian Support for Carers Program is funded by the Victorian Government for unpaid carers. An unpaid carer is a person providing care to another person with care needs. A carer may look after a partner, family member, friend or someone else who needs support. Carers can be of any age, from any culture or country, and any socio-economic background. Carers may be employed or not employed. A carer might not live with the person for whom they care.

The Victorian Support for Carers Program provides person centred respite and other support to carers:

  • One-off or short term support for carers including goods and equipment, that can add to other services or fill service gaps
  • Support to people in a care relationship, and at the same time and place if people want to be together while having the support service
  • Supporting people’s wellbeing – quality of life, physical and mental wellbeing, social activity and or social connections. For example, carers can get respite with social, health and other support.

The Victorian Support for Carers Program supplements or fills gaps or meets needs that are one-off or not met by other programs. This means that people in a care relationship may be eligible for the SCP whether or not they are accessing or are eligible for other services and programs. Other services and programs include for example the Commonwealth Government’s Integrated Carer Support Service, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Commonwealth Home Support Programme, a mental health support program, a home care package, palliative care or an aged care facility.

Find out more
Read the Victorian Support for Carers Program Guidelines 2019

Find your local provider
Find your local service – Victorian Support for Carers Program

Carers Victoria

Carers Victoria is the statewide voice for family carers, representing and providing support to carers in Victoria. Carers Victoria run a range of carer groups, events, activities and workshops. Find out what’s going on near you:

Carers Victoria also offer a Carer Advisory Line and professional counselling services.

SANE Forums

SANE Carer forums provide safe, anonymous mental health discussion, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. On the forums you can:

  • Connect with a respectful, accepting community
  • Read stories from people like you
  • Post your questions, responses and story
  • Find trusted information from SANE Australia

Visit the SANE Carer forum

Resources for carers


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