One of Butterfly’s central activities is to advocate on behalf of those who are impacted by negative body image, disordered eating and clinical eating disorders. All of Butterfly’s advocacy programs are evidence based. Butterfly works closely and collaboratively with health and mental health researchers, clinicians, treatment experts, local and state based advocacy groups, state and federal governments, business, schools, youth and technology partners and those who have a lived experience to create more effective treatment and support for eating disorders.
Key areas of Butterfly’s advocacy include:
To achieve these objectives Butterfly participates in parliamentary, community and industry analysis of the emerging issues through submissions, appearances, provision of evidence and by convening meetings of key influencers as required. We invite you to review Butterfly’s research reports below.
In 2012, Butterfly commissioned a report from Deloitte Access Economics to examine the socioeconomic cost of eating disorders in Australia. This report looks at prevalence, financial costs, impact on productivity and societal impact of eating disorders in Australia.
In 2014, Butterfly Foundation commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake a cost benefit analysis of treatment for eating disorders in Australia. The report, Investing in Need- cost effective interventions for eating disorders report, examines the cost-effectiveness of ‘treatment as usual’ versus ‘optimal treatment’ for eating disorders in Australia, using the prevalence trends and costing framework from the 2012 Deloitte Report Paying the Price.
It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.
We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›
Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.
We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›
Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours. Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people.We have a range of advice & resources ›