More support for Sunshine Coast people living with an eating disorder

Sunshine Coast charity endED will be able to support many more people living with an eating disorder in our community following a Federal grant of $180,000. The grant was announced today by Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace during a visit to the future site of endED Butterfly House in Mooloolah Valley. 

Mr Wallace said that the grant will pay for two lived experience Recovery Coaches to work with local sufferers for the next 18 months. 

“Eating disorders are an insidious disease. Many suffer in silence, with only 25 per cent of people with eating disorders thought to be diagnosed. But with the support of the Liberal National Government, and the hard work of all the team at endED, the Sunshine Coast is fast becoming an Australian leader in the diagnosis and treatment of these insidious conditions.” Mr Wallace said. 

“This additional Commonwealth support is going to ensure that endED’s vital work in our community can continue while they strive toward achieving full financial sustainability. Whether you are a family member, carer, an acute sufferer in hospital or a person on their long recovery journey here on the Sunshine Coast, this Federal Government funding is going to help you.” 

endED’s Recovery Coaches conduct tailored one on one coaching with sufferers, make hospital visits, host fortnightly support groups for sufferers and their families, and lead twice weekly group outings to the future site of endED Butterfly House for nature driven and creative activities. 

endED founder Mark Forbes said that while endED currently conduct one on one recovery coaching with approximately 40 Eating Disorder sufferers, there are parents, carers and sufferers reaching out to endED every day for guidance and support. 

“We know from our work that ED Recovery Coach demand is outstripping supply when it comes to specialized ED support. What endED has achieved to date and is continuing to achieve is literally saving lives.” Mr Forbes said. 

“To have access to this funding will enable us to not only continue the work that we are currently doing but also to expand our reach. We are planning to employ more recovery coaches and establish satellite endED support services in Noosa and other under resourced areas.” 

endED’s lived experience recovery coaches ensure that all clients are engaged with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of at least a GP, Dietitian and a psychologist. endED refer them to trusted practitioners and then ensure that there is open communication amongst the team. They also visit acute sufferers being treated in local hospitals daily providing support, guidance and social connection. 

endED Recovery Coach Laura Chamberlain said “This grant is absolutely instrumental in what we are trying to do here. It will help strengthen the services that we are providing and allow us to offer more support. There is so much need out there. We will be able to get so much more support to those that are crying out for it and bring that connection and hope to people who don’t have any right now.” 

This latest funding follows $3.2 million invested in June 2018 on the Sunshine Coast by the Liberal National Government in a pilot project to improve the treatment and care of 3,000 people with eating disorders in our community. This project is seeing extensive training of local medical practitioners in eating disorder diagnosis and treatment and offering sufferers up to 50 psychotherapy sessions. 

It also follows the Coalition Government’s investment in July 2018 of $1.5 million in the construction of Australia’s first specialised residential treatment facility for eating disorders in endED Butterfly House. 

“The projects that Minister Hunt and the Liberal National Government has funded will work together and support each other, making the Sunshine Coast a true national hub for the integrated and holistic treatment of eating disorders.” Mr Wallace said.

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