For young people affected by an eating disorder
Medical assessment is always the first recommended response to a suspected eating disorder, and this can usually be attended to by your GP. Ongoing medical monitoring should be regularly attended as clinically indicated, preferably with the same clinician each visit for consistency.
The majority of QuEDS services are for age 18 years and over. Some available services available for under 18 years are:
QuEDS Day program (16 years and over)
The QuEDS Day program accepts referrals for persons 16 years and over. Please note if the person is under 18 years old, referral is required from either their treating CYMHS service or by a private child and youth specialised psychiatrist.
Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)
CYMHS provide a number of teams across the Greater Brisbane and Pine Rivers regions. They serve their local communities, and outreach across Queensland through specialist programs. While referral usually occurs to your local CYMHS service, there is a specialist Eating Disorder Team (CYMHS EDT) available on (07) 3397 9077.
Headspace centres are located across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia. They are built and designed with input from young people so they don't have the same look or feel as other clinical services. The centres are there to help people access health workers – whether it’s a GP, psychologist, social worker, alcohol and drug worker, counsellor, vocational worker or youth worker.
Other support services
The Butterfly Foundation
You can call over the phone on ED HOPE (1800 33 4673), chat online or talk over email to counsellors are experienced and professionally trained in supporting those affected by an eating disorder and who are also equipped to provide information and guidance on treatment options as well as referral pathways. Butterfly’s National Helpline ED HOPE is open 8am-12am AEST, 7 days a week (except national public holidays).
Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ)
EDQ (Formerly known as The Eating Issues Centre or TEIC) is a community based non-profit organisation funded by Queensland Health to provide information and referral, free counselling, therapeutic groups, and peer support for people with eating issues throughout Queensland.