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Gain new referrals from the Butterfly National Helpline

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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 Medicare funding 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.

Do you have an understanding of eating disorders?

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.

Who can apply to be part of the Butterfly Referral Database?

Any health professional or service operating in Australia can apply, including:

  • General Practitioners (GPs)
  • Pediatricians
  • Dietitians
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Dentists
  • Complementary health practitioners
  • Treatment and day services

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What are the benefits of being part of our referral database?

Join our network of over 400 services and practitioners to:

  • Gain new clients
  • Access to professional development information and resources

The Butterfly National Helpline - supporting you and your clients:

  • We can provide support to your clients, their families and carers, in times of distress outside of your contact hours. Our specialist counsellors are on the line from 8am – midnight AEST, seven days a week
  • Get referrals to specialists in other disciplines to build your client's treatment team

How to apply

  1. Apply online:
    Practitioners apply here
    Service providers apply here
  2. Complete the individual practitioner or service application form (Allow 5- 10 minutes to complete)
  3. Our team will be in contact within four weeks to screen and verify your application (please allow about 20 minutes for this conversation).

I am listed on the database. How do I update my details?

Update your details if you have:

  • moved locations
  • are working at an additional location
  • made any other changes to your contact or practice details
  • not currently taking new clients (eg. full workload, taking maternity leave or other extended period of leave)

Have a question?

If you have a question or would like to know more about our referral database, please contact referraldatabase@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

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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 ›