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14 Oct 2021

Butterfly podcast honoured with MHS Journalism Award

The little podcast that could, launched only a year ago, is growing by leaps as it offers community, information, tips for recovery, and stories of hope for people struggling with body image issues and eating disorders.

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06 Sep 2021

Eating disorder organisations unite to warn against harmful diet culture messaging, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic

As COVID-19 and lockdowns persist, this year’s Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week (BIEDAW),6 to 12 September, proves to be incredibly important for over one million Australians living with an eating disorder, as well as many more with body image concerns.

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31 Aug 2021

Statement on the release of SBS Documentary “What does Australia really think about obesity?”

Members of the Eating Disorder Alliance of Australia (EDAA) in conjunction with Health at Every Size (HAES) Australia, are aware of a new documentary set to broadcast on September 1 2021 called “What Do Australians Really Think About Obesity?”. The show will air the results of a national survey on attitudes towards larger bodied Australians.

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24 Aug 2021

Creating body kind homes for young Australians and their families

Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders and body image today launched Body Kind Families, an initiative to help parents of teenagers create a home environment that supports positive body image and being body kind. 

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20 Jul 2021

Australia’s First Body Image Program for Primary Schools

Primary schools nationwide will now be able to access Butterfly Body Bright, an evidence-informed whole school program designed to help children establish a strong foundation for the development of positive body image, with the aim to protect them from significant issues later in life.

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14 Jul 2021

Federal Government to provide $300k for Butterfly Foundation to provide urgent additional support in NSW for those with eating disorders and body image issues

With increasing concerns and likely extended lockdowns in NSW due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Gladys Berejiklian have announced an additional $300,000 in funding for Butterfly Foundation, the national organisation for eating disorders and body image issues, to provide urgent support to young people and families at risk, as part of a $17.35m Commonwealth mental health package to support NSW residents.

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06 Jul 2021

Butterfly Foundation Celebrates NAIDOC Week (4-11 July)

NAIDOC Week is a time for all Australians to celebrate and learn about the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year's theme is Heal Country, which calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

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06 Jul 2021

Important Update to MBS Item Numbers For Eating Disorders

From July 1st, 2021, certain GP and other medical practitioner (OMP) telephone MBS item numbers will no longer be available to access under Eating Disorder Management Plans. Moving forward, an individual will only be able to access item numbers with a GP or OMP via video conference or in person.

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08 Jun 2021

Australian-First Eating Disorder Recovery Facility Set to Change Lives

More than one million Australians living with an eating disorder have hope for a healthier future following the launch today of the country’s first dedicated recovery centre. Butterfly Residential Care, trading as Wandi Nerida has received more than 660 enquires from people looking for potential admission for themselves or a loved one.

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02 Jun 2021

Butterfly Foundation unites with international network to champion equity for eating disorders on World Eating Disorders Action Day

Up to 195% increase in the need for helpline, online and social support during COVID19 demonstrates the importance of global effort in driving awareness of the needs of those living with any eating disorder and strive for #Equity4EatingDisorders on an international scale. Butterfly unites with the international eating disorder network to champion equity for eating disorders on World Eating Disorders Action Day (WEDAD).

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17 May 2021

Spike in body dissatisfaction affecting young Australians amid warnings of eating disorder risk

Butterfly Foundation is urging Australians to #ChangeThePicture on body image for the sake of our younger generations. Body dissatisfaction is one of the leading risks for the development of an eating disorder, and Butterfly says we need to address the underlying factors at an early age.

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13 May 2021

Butterfly Foundation welcomes Federal Budget $26.9m funding announcement for eating disorders

Butterfly Foundation, the national organisation for eating disorders and body image issues, welcomes the $2.3 billion in additional funding for mental health and suicide prevention, and particularly the $26.9 million of additional support for people with eating disorders and their families, as announced in the Australian Government’s 2021 budget.

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