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Butterfly is committed to communicating about eating disorders at all levels of government, with service providers, consumers and carers, and in the community. The only effective way to protect our young people against eating disorders is to raise awareness – actively de-stigmatise eating disorders and break down barriers to help seeking. We need to improve awareness of warning signs and what to do to intervene, and convince people that help is available and recovery is possible.

As a national organisation, Butterfly is well positioned to work collaboratively with others to build this awareness. It strives to be the voice of the sector by collaborating with support organisations, on research projects and is commissioned by the Federal Government to take the lead on the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC).

National Eating Disorders Collaboration

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health. The primary purpose of the NEDC is to bring together eating disorder stakeholders and experts in mental health, public health, health promotion, education, research, and the media to help develop a nationally consistent approach to the prevention and management of eating disorders.

The objectives of the NEDC are to:

  • Provide or facilitate access to helpful, evidence based information to young people and their families on the prevention and management of eating disorders and healthy eating
  • Promote a consistent evidence based national approach to eating disorders
  • Develop and assist in implementing a comprehensive national strategy to communicate appropriate evidence based messages to schools, the media and health service providers

In working towards these objectives, the NEDC, led by Butterfly, is actively pursuing the vision and goals outlined in the first phase of the project:

  • Eating disorders are a priority mainstream health issue in Australia
  • A healthy, diverse and inclusive Australian society acts to prevent Eating Disorders
  • Every Australian at risk has access to an effective continuum of Eating Disorders prevention, care and ongoing recovery support.

Through the contribution of the collaboration, the NEDC has the resources to provide the information to lead the way in addressing eating disorders in Australia. This is the first time in Australia that such a strategic, coordinated and collaborative approach has been taken on the issue of eating disorders.

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Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

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. ›

Concerned parents & carers

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 & Professionals Working with Young People

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 ›