With over 12,000 contacts per year the Butterfly Foundation’s National Helpline is often the first point of contact for Australians concerned by an eating disorder or body image issue.
With the recent announcement of a dedicated single Medicare Benefits Scheme item number for eating disorder treatment for those with severe and complex illness, we expect the demand for practitioners with an understanding of eating disorders to increase as more people gain access to affordable and appropriate eating disorders treatments.
The Butterfly National Helpline aims to provide appropriate referrals to professionals screened for an understanding of eating disorders so people Australia wide can get help in recovering or caring for someone with an eating disorder.
Any health professional or service operating in Australia can apply, including:
Join our network of over 400 services and practitioners to:
The Butterfly National Helpline - supporting you and your clients:
Update your details if you have:
If you have a question or would like to know more about our referral database, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We would recommend starting with the following resources if you are interested in:
- increasing your knowledge in the area of eating disorders prior to applying,
- staying up to date with current knowledge in the field.
Professional development training and workshops
Eating disorder journals
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We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›
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We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›
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