Latest news | 06 Apr 2023

Butterfly farewells CEO, Kevin Barrow


Butterfly Board Chair, David Murray AO, announced today that the Butterfly CEO, Kevin Barrow will be leaving Butterfly on 12 May 2023.

In Kevin’s four years of leadership with Butterfly there have been several significant achievements in our work to prevent eating disorders from developing and to provide treatment and support for those who need assistance.

These include the opening of Wandi Nerida, Australia’s first residential recovery centre for eating disorders; the launch of Butterfly Body Bright, Australia’s first body image program targeted at whole of primary school; handling the substantial surge in demand to our national helpline & services during COVID and working collaboratively with governments and other organisations in the eating disorders and body image sector.

On behalf of the board, executive and staff, Mr Murray expressed his thanks to Kevin for his dedication to the pursuit of our vision and to the growth and development of our services to deal with these challenging mental health issues and their risk factors. We wish him all the best as he continues his dedication to improvements in the health system in Australia.

Kevin will be taking up a role as CEO of the Sydney North Health Network. Mr Murray added that the board had already commenced the process of seeking a new CEO and is looking forward to announcing its new leadership arrangements as soon as practicable.



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Help and Support

Anyone needing support with eating disorders or body image issues is encouraged to contact:

  • Butterfly National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE) or
  • Eating Disorders Victoria Helpline on 1300 550 23
  • For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14

About Butterfly

Butterfly is Australia’s leading not for profit supporting everyone affected by eating and body image issues. You can find out about Butterfly and our prevention services for schools and communities at or contact our education team –

About Wandi Nerida

Butterfly Residential Care, trading as Wandi Nerida, is Australia’s first residential recovery centre for people affected by an eating disorder. It is 100% owned and operated by the Butterfly Foundation. It provides a safe, nurturing and healing environment for those most in need, delivering concentrated, person-centred treatment. Wandi Nerida provides a bridge between hospital admission and outpatient care to provide an opportunity for a more intensive psychological recovery, finding the ‘healthy self’ within the eating disorder. Wandi Nerida

About Butterfly Body Bright

Butterfly Body Bright is a strength-based, evidence-informed program developed by Butterfly Foundation. Designed to be integrated into Australian primary schools, it provides resources and support to teachers and their broader school community. The program aims to promote healthy attitudes and behaviours towards the body, eating and physical activity in children, so they can thrive at school and in life.

Butterfly Body Bright takes a whole school approach to supporting positive body image in children. Butterfly Body Bright