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This page explains the range of support services offered by EDV that can be accessed by Victorians looking for information and support around eating disorders.

We get it, because we've been there too

We know that recovery from an eating disorder is really hard, and is often not linear.

EDV’s services are informed by the lived experience of people who have experienced eating disorders and those that have cared for them. Many of our staff, volunteers and board members have lived experience of eating disorders.

We aim to provide empathetic and helpful support in everything that we do. Our range of services cover the breadth of the eating disorder journey, from first diagnosis to recovery, relapse and maintenance.

EDV Hub

“What a fantastic service you offer to very concerned families. It is so appreciated.”

The EDV Hub is your first port of call when contacting Eating Disorders Victoria. The Hub is a free and confidential service providing information and peer support for people experiencing eating disorders or those who are supporting them (family, friends, professionals etc.). We offer a safe place for you to seek information, openly discuss your experience with eating disorders and ask any questions you may have.

The main roles of EDV Hub are:

  • Information: we provide evidence based information to help people understand eating disorders. E.g. fact sheets, education about eating disorders.
  • Navigation: by listening carefully and asking questions we are able to connect people with the services and support that they may need for their recovery, or to assist someone. E.g. treatment options, links with GP, psychologist/dietitian, specialist eating disorder services, support groups.
  • Support: people come to EDV to help begin and maintain their recovery. We also provide support to families and friends. E.g. practicing telling someone, questions to ask.

Please note that we are not a crisis service. Crisis services with professional counsellors which can be contacted 24/7 via the following services:

Lifeline – 13 11 14
Suicide Helpline – 1300 651 251
1800 Respect – 1800 737 732 (family violence or sexual assault)

If you are not in crisis but would like to speak to someone when the Hub is closed, please contact:

The Butterfly Foundation (8am-12am, 7-days) – 1800 33 4673

Contact the Hub

Fill out an online form, send an email or give us a call Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4.30pm on 1300 550 236.

Contact the Hub

Telehealth Nurse

The telehealth nurse service is a free support service that is available to any Victorian who is experiencing an eating disorder, or who is caring for someone with an eating disorder.

The telehealth nurse service is suitable for people who are currently on the eating disorder treatment journey and are looking for additional support to link in with services. The nurse actas a central point of contact to help people access services, locate specialized eating disorder health professionals, provide information and help people work towards recovery

Get in touch with the Telehealth Nurse

The telehealth nurse is available for consultations Tuesdays – Fridays. Bookings with the nurse are essential.

Learn more and book a consultation

Wellbeing Program

Eating Disorders Victoria understands the many challenges faced by our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to COVID-19, Eating Disorders Victoria has implemented the Wellbeing Program to assist people living with eating disorders and their support people during these challenging times.

The Wellbeing Program offers phone call check ins with anyone affected by eating disorders. Phone call check-ins are designed to support you through distress and ensure you are travelling as well as you can be during this time of uncertainty. If you would like to link in with our Wellbeing Coordinator for a chat, please contact the Hub and request a referral.

Get in touch with the Wellbeing Coordinator

EDV’s Wellbeing Coordinator is available Mon – Thurs. Contact can be made via the EDV Hub (please request to be put in touch with the Wellbeing Coordinator).

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EDV Psychology

EDV run a private psychological clinic out of our consulting suites in Abbotsford, Victoria.

Our psychologists and mental health social workers help you create sustainable changes so you can live a healthy and fulfilling life. We work collaboratively with you to develop skills and coping strategies so you have the tools to sustain positive change for recovery.

We can also support parents, partners, siblings and relatives of someone with an eating disorder by making sense of what is happening and discussing strategies for self-care. Please note, EDV psychology does not offer diagnostic services; rather we look at what is going on for you and how we can help you make changes to improve your health and wellbeing.

Make an appointment with an EDV psychologist

We have a number of registered and clinical psychologists who are experienced in supporting people with eating disorders. Find out how to make an appointment at our clinic.

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EDV Dietetics

EDV run a private dietetics clinic out of our consulting suites in Abbotsford, Victoria.

Our dietetics service is suitable for anyone who wants to change their relationship with food and their body through receiving nutritional information, education and individually tailored dietary advice.

Make an appointment with an EDV dietitian

We currently have one dietitian who is available on Tuesdays, 9am to 5pm. Find out how to make an appointment at our clinic.

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Peer Mentoring Program

“The best thing is meeting someone who has actually recovered from an ED, seeing that it is possible to live a fulfilling life and have a good relationship with food”.

The Peer Mentoring Program (PMP) support adults with an eating disorder upon discharge from a hospital inpatient unit or in transition out of an intensive day program. It provides one-on-one mentoring with an EDV employee who has recovered from an eating disorder.

Learn more about the Peer Mentoring Program

The Peer Mentoring Program is offered through a number of ’rounds’ in a year. Find out when our next intake for the program is.

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Support Groups

EDV currently run a range of online support groups:

  • REACH – for people experiencing restrictive and compensatory behaviours
  • BEYOND – for people experiencing binge eating and compensatory behaviours
  • COSMO – for people experiencing an eating disorder and substance misuse issues
  • BLOOM – for people in the LGBTIQA+ community experiencing eating disorders
  • rALLY Support Groups for parents and caregivers who are actively involved in the care of someone with an eating disorder (usually a child or young adult)
  • RENEW – for long term care givers who are looking for self-care strategies and support

To learn more and book your place, please see here.

Learn more about Support Groups

Support groups are a great way to connect with people going through similar journeys, however they can also be daunting to join. Find the answers to our FAQs on support groups.

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Community workshops and events

EDV run a range of workshops and events throughout the year that support people going through recovery, as well as people caring for loved ones. Examples of workshops and events include:

  • Pathways to Recovery, an eight week workshop for people going through recovery
  • Collaborative Caring Skills Workshop, a seven week workshop for carers designed by Professor Janet Treasure
  • Stories of Recovery events where Ambassadors share their experience of recovery from an eating disorder and answer audience questions

Workshops are regularly updated on our events page.

Find out what’s on

Visit out events page to see the latest workshops and events at EDV.

Visit events page
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