Skills-based learning group for carers and families affected by eating disorders


The Cooinda Mental Health Service, located at Buderim Private Hospital, is the Sunshine Coast’s largest private mental health service. Its comprehensive patient and family services include the program ‘Skills-based learning group for carers and families affected by eating disorders’.

The creation of the parents and carers' group was inspired by the valuable role the carer plays in a person's recovery from an eating disorder. The program also recognises and understands the challenges carers face in their roles.

About the program

This group program will assist carers and families to:

  • Understand more about eating disorders and ways to support recovery
  • Learn and practice helpful communication skills
  • Develop positive coping strategies
  • Foster healthier relationships

Multidisciplinary team

The program team consists of highly skilled and experienced psychologists and mental health clinical nurses, and is supported by Queensland Health’s Eating Disorders Outreach Service (EDOS) and Eating Disorders Australia (EDA).


The program will use a skills-based learning approach and will aim to provide practical strategies to empower parents and carers. The program will consist of six two hour sessions per week (6pm -8pm). Each group will also be offered a follow up session which usually takes place two months after the group has finished.


The cost is $100 per person and $80 for each additional family member, which is payable upon registration.

What is included?

All materials relevant for participation in the program, including links to relevant agencies.

Light refreshments are also included.

The companion book, “Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder”, by Janet Treasure and colleagues, is available and can be purchased through Eating Disorders Australia, online or through bookstores.

To register your interest in attending, please contact the Cooinda Mental Health Service on:
P: 1300 780 413