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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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07 Apr 2021

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People Get Eating Disorders & Body Image Issues Too

Butterfly Foundation has today launched its #EveryBODYisDeadly campaign to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to talk about body image and eating concerns and reach out to Butterfly for culturally safe support. One in ten Australians will at some stage experience an eating disorder, and many more will experience body image concerns. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience these issues at similar rates to the wider Australian population, with 30% of young people—including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people – saying they’re very concerned about their body image.

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16 Dec 2020

New practice standards for health practitioners to change the landscape for eating disorders

Ahead of a credentialing system for health practitioners treating eating disorders, the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) has just released clinical practice and training standards for mental health professionals and dietitians.

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07 Dec 2020

A matter of life or death: Critical funds needed to open Australia’s first eating disorder residential recovery centre

$2.5 million needed to open Wandi Nerida and start delivering life-saving care for Australians with these severe and complex mental illnesses, regardless of their financial status.

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18 Nov 2020

Meet KIT: World First Body Image Chatbot

Today we introduce our new body image and eating disorder chatbot KIT! A collaboration between Butterfly and Monash and Swinburne University researchers to help you understand body image or eating concerns fro yourself or a loved one. KIT is available 24/7 to chat whenever & wherever you need support.

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