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Butterfly Asks Carers To Share Their Experience

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26 March, 2019  - Butterfly launches the 'Caring For Someone With An Eating Disorder' survey to better understand the experience and needs of carers supporting a loved one with an eating disorder.


This consultation is part of the work of the Butterfly Foundation to better understand carer experience in supporting someone with an eating disorder. The survey offers an opportunity for Australians to:

SHARE their experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder
HELP us to understand the impact of eating disorders on carers and the needs of carers
CONTRIBUTE to advocating for increased access to carer support services

Getting a wide range of experiences from the community, will allow us to better understand the impact on, and needs of, people caring for someone with an eating disorder.


‘Carers’ are defined as anyone who has supported someone with an eating disorder. This includes: parents, siblings, partners, friends, family members, colleagues, extended family and educators.

If you live in Australia and have supported someone with an eating disorder, you are invited to take the survey.


You can participate by completing our online survey. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes. Participation is voluntary and anonymous.



Share the survey with your networks so we can reach as many Australians as possible.
Please include our National Helpline 1800 33 4673 on all information shared, for those who wish to seek support.


This survey delves into your personal experience. You might find some of the questions uncomfortable, personal or upsetting. If this survey brings up questions or concerns for you, please contact:

Butterfly’s National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 or email

For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14
Media Contact: Danielle Cuthbert 

Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.  


We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›

Concerned parents & carers

Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.  


We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›

Teachers & Professionals Working with Young People

Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours.  Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people. 

We have a range of advice & resources ›