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EDV run a range of education sessions that are suitable for the entire school community.

Workshops for students

Growing up in today’s appearance-focused world can be tough. Social media, celebrity culture and reality television all have an impact on the way young people feel about themselves and their bodies. Sadly, too many young people experience poor body image, low self-esteem and in some cases, eating disorders.

Yr 5 – Yr 12 student workshops

1 hour
$231 incl. GST

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) offers a range of focused presentations for students from Year 5 through to Year 12. The presentations run for one hour, are suitable for small through to large groups and are combination of lecture, discussion and interactive activities. They are designed for mixed gender audiences and can also be delivered to single sex groups.

Presentations use a strengths-based approach and encourage students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they require to make healthy, safe and active choices that will enhance their own and others’ health and wellbeing. Content development is guided by The National Eating Disorders Collaboration: Eating Disorders in Schools: Prevention, Early Identification and Response 2016 and mapped against AusVELS curriculum for Health and Physical Education, Interpersonal Development and Personal Learning.

EDV will provide two trained education facilitators for each presentation and ask for a minimum of two teachers to also attend. Teachers will be provided with resources for follow up activities after the presentation. All presentations use PowerPoint and schools are required to provide IT support of a laptop, projector and screen (EDV can provide these items if the school is unable to).

How will an EDV presentation help students?

EDV presentations focus on supporting students in the following ways:

  • Building self-esteem
  • Developing positive body image
  • Identifying the health needs necessary to promote and maintain growth and development
  • Developing a balanced approach to nutrition and physical activity
  • Looking at developmental changes that students may experience as they move through adolescents and later life.
  • Celebrating strengths, differences, diversity and uniqueness
  • Encouraging and supporting students to make decisions about their health, wellbeing, safety and physical activity participation
  • Building tools and strategies for resilience and body confidence
  • Understanding the impact of the media and advertising on body image and confidence

Workshops per year level

Workshops for school staff

School staff play a vital role in supporting young people at risk of or experiencing eating disorders. However, school staff can often feel apprehensive about how to best support students who may be experiencing difficulties.

EDV’s Education team provide professional development workshops to equip people working in education (primary, secondary and tertiary) with the skills needed to identify and support students who may be at risk of an eating disorder.

EDV offer two workshops for school staff. Bespoke workshops can also be developed depending on the need.

Eating Disorders 101 for Teachers

90 mins
$330 incl. GST

A brief workshop designed to provide staff with some basic information about eating disorders, including:

  • Eating Disorders – a brief overview of types, risk factors and warning signs
  • The role of body image, dieting and the media
  • Factors that can protect against the development of an eating disorder
  • The importance of early intervention

Suitable for all school staff

Should I Say Something for Teachers

3.5 hours
$990 incl. GST

A comprehensive early intervention workshop designed to give staff a good understanding of eating disorders, particularly the warning signs and how to approach students they may be concerned about. This workshop is based on the Eating Disorders: First Aid Guidelines (2008). It covers:

  • Eating disorder types and prevalence
  • Risk factors
  • Warning signs
  • Treatment and support options
  • How to approach and support someone who is at risk of developing or experiencing an eating disorder

Suitable for all school staff (maximum 20 people)

Workshops for parents

Parents are often the most influential people in their child’s life. By engaging the parents of your students in an EDV workshop, you will help to foster positive body image and strong self-esteem in their households, as well as help them identify the warning signs of an eating disorder.

Promoting Positive Body Image: A Guide for Parents

90 mins
$330 incl. GST

This workshop provides parents of primary and secondary students with a brief overview of eating disorders and focuses on risk factors, warning signs and the protective factors that can help reduce the risk of an eating disorder developing. It covers:

  • Eating disorders: types, risk factors, warning signs
  • Protective factors
  • The role of body image and the media
  • The dangers of dieting
  • Being a positive role model
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