We are proud that nearly 20 years after its establishment, Butterfly continues to make a significant impact within the mental health sector.
With a multi-skilled team working across Australia, we improve lives for people with an eating disorder or body image issues in treatment, support, advocacy and prevention.
Over the last 12 months, our impact has included:
- 19,962 contacts made to Butterfly’s National Helpline which provides support over the phone, via email and through webchat 7 days a week
- 98,214 young people reached through Butterfly Education Services
- Over 500 people took part in Butterfly’s treatment and carer programs, as well as support groups
- 10,000 young people reached through a range of Positive Body Image workshops to schools and workplaces
- Advocating for the Federal Government to include Medicare Item Numbers for eating disorders on the Medicare Benefits Schedule – providing access for tens of thousands of Australians with severe eating disorders to a comprehensive treatment plan under Medicare.
- Securing Federal government funding and support to develop the Butterfly Residential Model of Care and build Australia’s first community-based residential treatment facility for eating disorders. endED Butterfly House is due to open early 2021.
- Providing guard rails to state and federal government to inform the development of residential treatment centres across Australia
- During the COVID-19 crisis, working with other eating disorder organisations, including ANZAED (Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders) in liaising with the office of the Minister for Health to ensure that Eating Disorder Management Plans are accessible via Telehealth.
- Working with other organisations within the sector to form the Eating Disorder Alliance of Australia, further strengthening our voice of lived experience and driving systemic change in the eating disorder sector. Members include Butterfly Foundation (Butterfly), Eating Disorders Families Australia (EDFA), Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV), Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ), Bridges Eating Disorders Association of Western Australia (Bridges), and Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED).