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Butterfly Reports

National Agenda for Eating Disorders: Establishing a baseline of evidence-based care for any Australian with or at risk of an eating disorder

Over the past ten years, national and state-based eating disorder organisations have developed a substantial suite of documents on the evidence-based standards and practices of delivering effective treatment to people with eating disorders. The National Agenda for Eating Disorders brings together the evidence and consensus-based expert opinion behind these documents into a summary of the priorities for mental health system reform to address the needs of people with eating disorders and their families. To download a version of this report, click HERE.

Insights in Recovery: A consumer-informed guide for health practitioners working with people with eating disorders 

In 2016, in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of NSW, Butterfly launched Insights in Recovery. The findings have then been translated into a practical guide to help health professionals adopt a person-centred, recovery-orientated approach when working with patients experiencing an eating disorder. To download a version of this report, click HERE.

Investing in Need: The economic and social impact of eating disorders in Australia

In 2014 Butterfly commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake a cost benefit analysis of treatment for eating disorders in Australia. The 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 102 Deloitte Report, Paying the Price. To download a version of this report, click HERE.

Paying the Price: The economic and social impact of eating disorders in Australia

In 2012 Deloitte Access Economics was commissioned by Butterfly to examine the economic and social costs of eating disorders in Australia. This review was supported by an advisory panel of experts in eating disorders, mental health and population health. To download a version of this report, click HERE.

Fact Sheets

The Butterfly Foundation works closely with the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC), the national organisation that brings research, expertise and evidence from leaders in the field together in one place. Therefore we acknowledge the NEDC being the point of direction for the latest and most up to date information on eating disorders and body image issues, by pointing to some of their fact sheets.  

Body Image

Eating Disorders

For more evidence-based information visit the NEDC website.


School Assignments

Thank you for choosing to research Butterfly and the issues of body image and eating disorders. While Butterfly welcomes questions from students, both secondary and tertiary to assist with student assignments, our resources are limited. Due to the volume of requests we receive regarding school assignments we request that you please follow the below guidelines, prior to submitting any questions.

Guidelines for Questions

  • Please review the below information links and our website for the information you need for your assignment.
  • Butterfly is able to answer questions via email. No telephone interviews are available.
  • Please only submit questions that are unable to be answered by information already available through the links below. We find many of the answers students often ask can be found within this content.
  • Due to limited resources, we are unable to provide immediate comment or response and require at least 2 weeks’ notice to provide a response.
  • Please limit questions to 4 – 5.

Links to Information

  • For eating disorder and body image fact sheets, refer to the 'Fact Sheets' section above.
  • For information and research papers about eating disorders, please visit NEDC.
  • For an online tool that guides young people to information and support on eating disorders, visit Eating Disorders Info.
  • For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please download the Student Assignment FAQs.
  • You can also have a poke around our website for information regarding support services, education and awareness campaigns.

Submitting Your Questions

If you have been unable to answer any of your questions by using the above information links, please email them through to our Education Team on

Please note for ethical reasons, we do not provide details of sufferers or people who have received treatment from Butterfly or recovered from an eating disorder for student interviews or assignments.


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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.  


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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.  


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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. 

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