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What can we learn from parents who have had a child experience eating disorder?Implications for prevention, early intervention and parental support

Hi All,
I am pleased to announce the launch of an Australia-wide research study that seeks to learn directly from parents who have had a child experience an eating disorder.
This research has three aims:
  1. To learn about parent experiences of seeking help for their children;
  2. To provide a unique perspective on approaches to eating disorder prevention; and
  3. To learn what parents and carers need to assist their own wellbeing in navigating treatment services and moving on post recovery.

This study is open to all Australian parents whom have either had their child complete treatment for an eating disorder or currently have a child receiving treatment.   The child can be of any age.

Participation involves parents clicking the link below to complete a one-off online survey that will take approximately 15-20 minutes. This link also includes the consent form and an information sheet is attached to this email with further details.

The study is open until December 20, 2019. To maximise the value of this research, it is important to recruit as many parents as possible.  Thus I would appreciate if you could please forward this message on to your networks.  For those providing clinical or support services, please circulate this message to your past and current clients.  Please be assured that full confidentiality applies.  No individual (e.g., client, parent, clinician) or service will be identified in the research.  This research has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (project 8148).
As both a researcher (eating disorder prevention and early intervention programs) and clinician (a Clinic Director at a large eating disorder treatment service in Adelaide), I regularly hear the challenging experiences parents face at various stages of the eating disorder journey.  Health professionals, researchers and those developing policy can learn greatly from parents with lived experience and that is the purpose of this research.
If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
Best wishes and thanks,
Dr Simon Wilksch
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Simon Wilksch
Senior Research Fellow in
Flinders University
PO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA, 5001.
phone: 08 8201 7996; fax: 08 8201 3877
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  1. Graeme Crook

    It is typical that the list of state based support organisations at the end of the survey does not include a South Australian one.

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