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Eating disorders

Allied health

Therapeutic services involving education, assessment and treatment for physical and mental health delivered by dietitians, occupational therapists and exercise physiologists as part of a multidisciplinary care team

What is it?

Allied health professionals such as dietitians, accredited exercise physiologists and occupational therapists support and care for people with eating disorders.

What can someone expect?

As a carer or key support of someone with an eating disorder, you can support their recovery by being involved with their care team based on their wishes, working together to identify potential triggers and implementing strategies to help avoid relapse.

Some allied health professionals will only offer support directly to the person with an eating disorder but may include family members in communications where possible. Other allied health professionals will also offer support directly to carers and key supports. Some will offer joint sessions, where both you and your loved one will be actively involved in the session. It’s important to clarify what kind of involvement you can have with your loved one’s treatment (with their consent).

As an allied health professional, increasing your knowledge and understanding about eating disorders can help you be an effective member of someone’s care team.

This includes learning about:

  • identifying an eating disorder
  • referral and treatment options
  • awareness of the medical risks of supporting someone with an eating disorder.

There are information resources and professional development activities tailored for health professionals that can support you in your role.

Who is this for?

If you’re a carer or key support of someone with an eating disorder, you may want to know how you can help your loved one access allied health services that meet their needs.

If you’re an allied health professional who provides care to people who may have an eating disorder, you may wish to increase your knowledge and skills in the delivery of evidence-based treatment for eating disorders.

How can someone access it?

Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ)’s Carer Help Kit provides information for carers and key supports of someone with an eating disorder about the role of allied health services as part of the treatment team.

As an allied health professional looking to improve your knowledge or skills around treatment for eating disorders, the following training and support resources are available:

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