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Goingtobeatthis_AUS
Calling any carers in Queensland looking to turn their lived experience into a professional role to improve ED services. I hold a similar position in Victoria and would be more than willing to support anyone interested. Feel free to email me back channel for more info.

"Caring for a person with an eating disorder is often a long-term and skilled commitment; yet families are often expected to pick up the burden of care in the home situation without any training or support (Butterfly Foundation 2015).

In an exciting new development the Eating Disorders Outreach Service (EDOS), Queensland Health, has received funding to employ an eating disorders-specific carer consultant until June 2016 and are currently looking for people with a lived experience of caring for someone affected by eating disorders who may be interested in the position.

As part of the Family LINK-ED project, the ED carer consultant position will aim to increase the service response to families affected by eating disorders by supporting parents and partners and helping connect care across the home, the hospital and the community treatment settings. Families will be offered individualised brief family consultation, family specific treatment material, referral to family groups offered jointly with the Eating Disorders Association of Queensland (EDA), and ongoing parent/partner peer support via the carer consultant, the EDA Resource Centre, the Butterfly Foundation of Australia, and the National Eating Disorders Collaboration.

The carer consultant would be employed for eight hours per week for 20 weeks, from the end of February to the 30th June 2016 (flexible hours are possible and some after hours work will be required) and would provide consultancy to the development of the EDOS family service, help facilitate the Carer Skills groups, and offer direct client contact to support up to eight families from the new EDOS Intensive Outpatient Program. This is a paid position and will be based at the EDOS office in Indooroopilly in Brisbane. For further information please contact Carmel Fleming at EDOS on 3100 7500. We look forward to hearing from you."

Belinda Caldwell FEAST Executive Director. D 21 now well into recovery after developing AN in 2011. Inpatient 5 weeks, FBT and then just lots of time, love and vigilance.
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ed_newbie
I live in the U.S. and I am new to ED so obviously not a candidate for this position, but I am thrilled to see this type of role being created.  

Something like this is very much needed here in the U.S. since FBT seems to be a fairly new treatment approach here.  Most people including the medical and social services communities are not even aware of it and even those who are aware of it are unfamiliar with how it actually works unless they have received some training.  In most cases it seems parents of children diagnosed with AN are told to go home and feed their child and end up in a state of complete panic because they don't even know what to do or where to start.  It takes countless hours of reading and research to learn just the very basics of re-feeding.

In an ideal world every parent should have a hands on mentor to help them understand quickly what they need to do and what to expect in terms of behavior, reactions, etc. throughout the stages of re-feeding.  Having an experienced re-feeding coach could help sufferers recover more quickly and could even save lives. 

I imagine some of the coaching could even be done virtually (Skype?) if in-person help isn't feasible due to location challenges?

Maybe someday after my own d is recovered I will quit my day job and become an ED mentor to other parents in need.  [smile]  

 

"Lineage, personality and environment may shape you, but they do not define your full potential."    Mollie Marti  

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15 yr old d diagnosed with AN late December 2015 at the age of 12 after a 23 lb weight loss during prior 3 months. Started FBT/Maudsley at home on Christmas Eve with support from amazing local nutritionist specializing in ED and trained in FBT. WR Feb 2016 and pushing our way through puberty and rapid growth.
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Boo94
I would definitely be interested but I live in Sydney. Do you know if there are plans to introduce something similar in Sydney Goingtobeatthis_AUS?
Mother of 11 yr old girl diagnosed with RAN Feb 2014, WR April 14. Now 13 and in recovery/remission
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AUSSIEedfamily
This is great to hear, it would be fantastic if it was for a full year & had recurrent funding for following years.

With Cynthia Bulik & yourself as Keynote Speakers for the Momentum & Milestones conference in Perth Western Australia on March 29th & 30th, I am sure this Carer Consultant role will get a lot of discussion & interest.
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Goingtobeatthis_AUS
Boo - if there is I am likely to hear of it and will definitely let people know. I do this role at the center of excellence in eating disorders in melbourne and keen to see more and more of these roles as they make a huge difference for families
Belinda Caldwell FEAST Executive Director. D 21 now well into recovery after developing AN in 2011. Inpatient 5 weeks, FBT and then just lots of time, love and vigilance.
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Boo94
Thank you Goingtobeatthis_AUS, I will keep an eye out too.
Mother of 11 yr old girl diagnosed with RAN Feb 2014, WR April 14. Now 13 and in recovery/remission
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