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Friday, 14 September 2018


Body Pride is a pilot project facilitated by Eating Disorders Victoria that aims to improve the physical and mental health outcomes for LGBTIQ young people in the City of Boroondara.

This three-week program will address self-esteem, body image and increase body awareness for young LGBTIQ people. The sessions are interactive and will include some take home activities.

Body Pride aims to:

1. Provide a safe space for LGBTIQ young people to come together to increase community connection and to build awareness of the needs of this demographic.

2. Increase the knowledge of body image issues for LGBTIQ young people.

3. Grow self-esteem levels of LGBTIQ young people through offering an inclusive group who will build connections and develop new skills.

4. Raise the awareness of the local support available to young people in the Boroondara community by creating partnerships with Boroondara Youth Services and other local based youth agencies.

For more information about the program, please contact:
Rebecca Lister – Education Coordinator at Eating Disorders Victoria
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Group 1: 14 – 17 year olds
Session One: Wednesday October 17th 3:45pm – 5:45pm
Session Two: Wednesday October 24th 3:45pm – 5:45pm
Session Three: Wednesday October 17th 3:45pm – 5:45pm


Group 2: 18 – 25 years olds
Session One: Thursday October 18th 5:45pm – 7:45pm
Session Two: Thursday October 25th 5:45pm – 7:45pm
Session Three: Thursday November 1st 5:45pm – 7:45pm



Meeting Room 1, Level 1, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

The Body Pride is supported by the City of Boroondara and Boroondara Youth Services.


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Tuesday, 11 September 2018


Are you concerned about your weight?
Is your shape and appearance important to you?

Online research exploring Eating Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRD) needs participants! We are searching for participants over the age of 18 to complete a short online research study. Eating Disorders and OCRDs are serious mental illnesses that have a large impact on people’s life. Despite the increases in research on Eating Disorders and OCD, there is limited knowledge of the factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of these disorders. The research aims to explore the various neuropsychological and psychological factors (such as attention and set shifting) that may be associated with OCD, Eating Disorders and disordered eating behaviours. Participation involves the completion of an online questionnaire and tasks that will take no longer than an hour. If you would like to learn more about this study or participate, please click the following link: or scan the QR code.

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Miles
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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The influence of social media on well-being has been a focus of much recent research. Although social media is great for staying connected and expressing oneself, some aspects of social media use can affect how people feel about their body and their eating patterns.

We are interested in understanding if people’s reasons for using social media (motivations) and the ways they think about social media (being critical or accepting) may be related to the way social media use affects how people feel about themselves. We also want to work out whether the types of questions we ask about social media actually reflect people’s experiences. This will help in future research on this topic.

If you're between 18-35, we would love to hear from you. This survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes. All responses are completely anonymous and confidential. 



Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The Peer Mentoring Program has proven to reduce eating disorder hospital readmissions, yet it has not received any funding from the Victorian State Government beyond 2019. Watch our Campaign Video to learn more about the program, and why it should be funded by the Victorian Government.

In order to ensure the future of this life-changing program, we need your help to let our polticians know that Peer Support for eating disorders is an essential service.

Getting involved is easy!


  1. Write a letter to your local MP
    EDV have created a letter template to get you started- all the steps for sending a letter are contained in the template. Letters can be sent via email, or preferably post. 

    Download letter

    Need help finding your local MP? Follow this link to find your MP's contact details. 

  2. Sign and send a postcard
    EDV have a created postcards specifically for key politicians. Postcards are available from the EDV office and can be returned to EDV for postage.
    You can also download the postcards here:

    The Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley
    - Shadow Spokesperson for Mental Health Emma Kealy
    - Greens Spokesperson for Mental Health Lidia Thorpe
    - Reason Party leader Fiona Patten

    If you would like to pick up postcards from our office, please call us on 1300 550 236, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  3. #PeerMentoringforED
    We encourage you to follow our social media pages and engage in our posts and updates throughout the campaign. Please use #PeerMentoringforED when mentioning the campaign on social media. If using twitter please include #SpringSt to ensure it's part of Victorian political conversations.

    Follow EDV on facebook, Twitter and instagram

  4. Like and Share our Campaign Video
    We encourage you to share this video through your networks- the more views the better!

    Watch Video

For more information on the Peer Mentoring Program, please see HERE

Download Program Outcomes Infographic HERE 

Did you know that the Peer Mentoring Program is also being evaluated by a research team? We want to make sure that this program is as effective, robust and safe as possible. You can read the published protocal paper which outlines how the study aims to assess the efficacy of a peer mentoring program for individuals HERE

For more information on the campaign, please contact Communications Coordinator Breanna Guterres at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Campaign video by Poached Egg Pictures 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Are you/have you been concerned about your eating behaviours and thoughts?
Are you aged 18 or above?
Would you like to take part in research?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then please take the time to read this information about a study that you may be interested in.

My name is Jade Streete, I am a PhD student studying at Nottingham Trent University and I am looking for participants who are recovering from disordered eating. This study will involve an online survey, in which questions will ask about your social groups, any disordered eating behaviours and thoughts alongside general well-being, (more information and contact details are provided by following the link below). This study is a longitudinal study and if you complete this initial survey you will be asked if you are happy to complete another survey in six months. This will allow me to better understand the social groups involved throughout this six-month period of your recovery journey.
If you are interested in reading more about the study and taking part, read click the link below and read the information about this study and please contact me or my director of studies with any queries you may have about the study. 

Contact information:
PhD Researcher Details:
Jade Streete
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My Director of Studies Details:
Dr. Niamh McNamara
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Telephone: 0115 848 4346

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

We are conducting a new treatment trial involving a visual training program designed for individuals with body dysmorphic disorder. This is based on research that individuals with body dysmorphic disorder can view certain images in a different way to those without the disorder, which can maintain or worsen symptoms.

To participate you must meet the following criteria:
-Have a primary diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
-Between 18—65 years of age
-Preferred language of English
-No history of neurological or eye conditions
-And who are willing to attend 10 weekly sessions at Swinburne University, Hawthorn

Study details:
Participating will involve completing pre- and post-assessments, as well as attending weekly sessions over a period of 10 weeks with a trained therapist. All participants will be reimbursed $50 for the pre- and post-assessments for their time and any travel expenses.

The assessments include
-Clinical interview
-Eye tracking tasks
-Social cognition tasks

The 10 week training program consists of three phases:
-General visual training
-Face specific visual training
-Self-perception visual training using mirrors

For more information, please contact: Francesca Beilharz, Doctoral Student Researcher
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