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Treatment for people experiencing an eating disorder

Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. With willingness and specialised treatment you or your loved one can gain freedom from an eating disorder.

Our treatment programs are designed to provide intensive outpatient treatment for individuals on their journey to recovery.

The programs were developed by Butterfly Foundation with the goal of demonstrating the effectiveness of intensive outpatient programs for individuals with eating disorders, so we can better advocate for an increase in access to appropriate care through Medicare and/or health insurance-supported programs for people across Australia.

Butterfly Treatment programs in Sydney
  • Intake now open: Outpatient Program for Young People (Youth Program) - A 10-week early-intervention therapeutic group program for young people aged 14-24 years with emerging eating disorders, particularly binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa or OSFED.
  • The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) - A unique treatment program for eating disorder recovery, the program combines a range of evidence-based techniques. It is designed to help participants overcome issues affecting their quality of life and inspire action towards recovery. This critical program is on hold while we seek funding for further dates.
  • SCHN Eating Disorder Intensive Program for Adolescents - This program is specially designed for adolescents who have not progressed with previous treatment programs. The interventions are tailored to address the specific barriers adolescents with an eating disorder experience by increasing their capacity to cope with distress and the challenge of eating. 
Find out more about Australia's first community-based residential facility: endED Butterfly House
Treatment programs around Australia

Eating disorder treatment programs and health professionals specialising in eating disorder treatment are available in other parts of Australia. To find a service near you, call or email our National Helpline.

Financial Assistance for Recovery Program

If you are struggling to meet the costs of treatment and are motivated to recover then through the generous support of Sportsgirl, you can apply for Financial Assistance for Recovery to help pay for psychotherapy, dietetics and other associated treatment costs. 

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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 ›