To The Bone: More Harm than Good?

By Tim Fulton Source: Joblo Last week Netflix released a trailer for a film, ‘To the Bone.’ Even though the film is not yet available for viewing, the trailer has drawn a lot of criticism. So much so that a petition has been started to have the film’s content reviewed by professionals to minimise potential harm. … Continued

Ortho-what? When the pursuit of health becomes unhealthy

Have you heard the term “orthorexia”? Although an unofficial diagnosis, this term was coined by Steven Bratman in 1997 to describe anorexia –like symptoms, applied to the pursuit of health, rather than weight loss. Ironically in orthorexia the pursuit of health itself becomes so extreme, it becomes the very source of compromised health. Orthorexia is not currently considered … Continued

Rural Areas Soon to Benefit from Psych Telehealth Services

By Georgina Lavan Source: Juggernaut Last month, Health Minister Greg Hunt issued a press release offering improved psychological services in remote areas of Australia. Under the current arrangement, rural clients can not access rebates under the Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) when accessing psychological services through teleconferencing methods such as Skype. Now, the new arrangement will mean … Continued

Managing automatic and unhelpful thoughts

By Deborah Etienne-Ward It is common to assume that our feelings are automatic and that they occur as a direct result of situations and other people. Often we are unaware that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are all linked. Each time an event or situation occurs, our brain processes and evaluates the information. When the … Continued

Tips for Providing Meal Support

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Meal times are often challenging for both the person with an eating disorder and their family or friends who are trying to provide support. People with eating disorders can have a range of unusual eating behaviours including: Not eating or eating a very small amount Not eating certain foods Cutting food into … Continued

Courage and Strength on your Journey

By Maria Ganci My name is Maria Ganci and I am a registered Clinical Social Worker and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience of working with families. Twelve years ago I developed an interest in working with adolescents suffering from Anorexia Nervosa and decided to specialise in the area. I was fortunate … Continued

I must…I have to…I should exercise!

By Emma Sheens Source: Pexels  If someone was to ask you “Hey, why do you exercise?” what might your answer be? Would your response contain phrases like “I must”, “I have to” or “I should”? Do you exercise out of obligation? Do you exercise in order to compensate for eating certain foods? Do you have … Continued

What is a Mental Health Treatment Plan and how do I get one?

By Remie Jaggard The Australian government introduced Medicare’s Better Access Initiative with the purpose of improving the treatment and management of mental illness within the Australian community. The initiative aims to increase community access to mental health professionals and team-based mental health care, with GPs encouraged to work more closely and collaboratively with psychiatrists, clinical … Continued

Yoga for Recovery Course!

We’re excited to share with you that BodyMatters’ partner Love Body Yoga is offering a… 6-week Yoga for Recovery Course beginning in May 2016!   How can the practice of yoga be helpful for eating disorder recovery? Eating and body issues often work to create disconnection from our body, while yoga helps to encourage body awareness and … Continued

Do you want to learn how to be mindful?

We’re excited to share with you that BodyMatters’ partner Love Body Yoga is offering a 6-week mindfulness course beginning March 2016! What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with intention, while letting go of judgment. What are the benefits of mindfulness? The benefits of mindfulness are well researched and include: Recognise, … Continued