Federal MPs Unite to Establish Parliamentary Friends Group for Eating Disorder Awareness
Supported by the Butterfly Foundation, 23 Federal MPs have come together from across the political spectrum to establish the Parliamentary Friends of Eating Disorder Awareness group, highlighting the critical need for more support and services for people suffering from an eating disorder or body image issues, and their families.
Critical need for more services to support people with eating disorders
Butterfly Foundation and Butterfly Residential Care, trading as Wandi Nerida – Australia’s first and only residential recovery centre for people affected by an eating disorder, support the need for greater funding of eating disorder services as highlighted on ABC’s Four Corners program (27 February 2023).
“EveryBODY Welcome”: National eating disorder organisations unite to better support LGBTQIA+ community
Australia’s national eating disorder organisations are uniting to tackle eating disorders and body image concerns in the LGBTQIA+ community, kicking off their EveryBODY Welcome campaign during WorldPride, with a stall at Mardi Gras Fair Day.
Butterfly and Instagram combat body image pressures within the LGBTQIA+ community to promote Body Pride
In recognition that the LGBTQIA+ community is disproportionately impacted by eating disorders and body image concerns, Butterfly Foundation has partnered with Instagram to launch Body Pride (#BodyPrideOnline), a campaign specifically designed to address and challenge negative conversations around body ideals and appearance that can spike in the lead up to and during LGBTQIA+ events, particularly Mardi Gras.
Butterfly welcomes announcement of $7.5 million investment to establish independent national mental health lived experience peak bodies
Butterfly welcomes the news that The Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Mark Butler MP, and Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention the Hon Emma McBride MP have announced funding of $7.5 million to establish and operate two independent national mental health lived experience peak bodies.
Butterfly’s ‘Summer of Kindness’ to combat seasonal body image pressures and a rise in eating disorders
Butterfly is calling upon Australians to join its campaign of kindness over the summer holidays. With body image issues and eating disorders continuing to surge as key mental health concerns in the community, there are significant added pressures during summer.
Wandi Nerida wins ACHS Quality Improvement Award
Australia’s first residential facility for eating disorders wins coveted Award for Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety from the Australian Council for Healthcare Standards.
Please stop weighing students in the classroom: call for educators to sign up for free body image resources
As school staff report a rise in children experiencing body image concerns, Butterfly is urging Australian primary schools to sign up for free teacher and student resources to foster positive body image in children.
Butterfly wins funding to develop Body Kind Online Education to help strengthen Australian students’ body image on social media
Butterfly Foundation will be tackling body image concerns experienced on social media by high school students head on, thanks to the Australian Government’s $9 million Online Safety Grants Program.
Australia’s first Body Kind Youth Survey launched today
Butterfly launches national annual Butterfly Body Kind Youth Survey – targeting young people to better understand body image issues as one of the biggest risk factors to developing an eating disorder.
Don’t watch and wait: Eating disorder organisations urge people to know the signs and act early
This Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week (BIEDAW), 5 to 11 September, Australia’s major eating disorder organisations are encouraging people to know the signs of an eating disorder and take action early on to prevent the mental illness from developing.
Happy Birthday Wandi Nerida: Australian-First Eating Disorder Recovery Centre Turns One
Butterfly is celebrating the birthday of Australia's first residential eating disorder recovery centre. It’s been a year since the doors of Wandi Nerida opened and began changing the eating disorder treatment landscape in Australia.