Support - Understanding - Change


Second Conference for Carers of People With an Eating Disorde

Following the unparalleled success of Australia’s first (non-profit) conference for carers of people with eating disorders,  the second At Home With Eating Disorders conference, will be held in Melbourne  on 29th - 30th May 2015.

Isis Hours during the Holiday Break

Isis - the Eating Issues Centre will be closed from the 22nd of Dec to the 13 January. We encourage you to contact the Butterfly Foundation hotline on 1800 33 4673 if you need support during the holiday period. Have a peaceful and safe break and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Isis AGM, "Celebrating Opportunities for Recovery, Innovation and Change"

Isis – the Eating Issues Centre invites you to attend our AGM: Celebrating Opportunities for Recovery, Innovation and Change.

Please join us tor reflect on the year that's passed at our Annual General Meeting. We have invited several speakers to talk about their recovery experiences and we are looking forward to hearing their stories. As well as this, we will hold an informal discussion about the future directions of Isis. We would love your input and ideas.

All are welcome. If you've never been along to Isis and would like to touch base, if you're a long time member or are thinking of ways to support us, please come along and please consider becoming a member.

Supper and refreshments will be included.

Date: Thursday 4th December 2014
Time: AGM: 6.00-7.00pm
Speakers & Discussion: 7:30 – 8:30pm

Address: 1/109 Gladstone Road Highgate Hill 4101
RSVP: Tuesday 2nd December on 07 3844 6055 or by emailing info [at] isis [dot] org [dot] au

Dove BodyThink Educator Training

Exciting workshop available:

This 3 hour workshop is designed for teachers, youth workers and community professionals in the use of the self esteem, body image and media literacy program Dove BodyThink.

Recovery Workshop for Eating Issues

Esther Alexander is running a recovery workshop for eating issues and addicitive behaviours. Please see the flyer for more information and details.

Online study targeting Unhelpful Perfectionism

Chloe Yu Shu, a PhD candidate for Clinical Psychology, is recruiting female adolescents aged 14-17 years for an online study targeting unhelpful perfectionism. Please read Chloe's flyer for additional information about the study.

Participate in research relating to Eating Disorders

Participate in research to test the effectiveness of a from of counselling called Metacognitive Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa. Please see the attached flyer for more information on the research and how to get involved.

Wed 3rd September 2014 Eating Disorders Professional Development Breakfast


7.30- 9.30 am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Guest Speakers:   


Ms Sarah-Louise McKenzie, developer of ‘Recovery Resources’ – A collection of resources to support recovery from disordered eating, including Supported Meal Therapy resources for adults in the community, and launch of new website.

Ms Isa Pfluger of Isis the Eating Issues Centre, presenting recently published paper: ‘Gestalt Approaches to Working with Clients Presenting with Bulimia’

Psychiatrist Dr Warren Ward of the Eating Disorders Service, RBWH on the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED) National Conference, August 2014.

Date:                           Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Please see full info for details on how to RSVP for this FREE event

Eating Disorder Recovery Forum 2014

5th September 2014 6pm- 8pm

Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2014
"Connecting with Recovery!"

Eating Disorders Network of Queensland proudly present a Recovery Forum to highlight positive body image and that Recovery from an Eating Disorder is Possible! A recovery panel will be speaking on their experiences of connecting with recovery, and Ms Sarah-Louise McKenzie, developer of 'Recovery Resources'- A collection of resources to support recovery from disordered eating, including Supported Meal Therapy resources for adults in the community, will also be launching her new website.  Please see attached flyer, we look forward to your RSVP!

Book release: Queering Fat Embodiment

A new book titled "Queering Fat Embodiment" has been released, and brings together the latest scholarship from different critical disciplines, and aims to challenge existing ideas of fat and fat embodiment.

Fat Activism Conference - Tools for the Revolution!

On 22-24 August 2014, a virtual Fat Activism conference will be held for people interested in creating a world that respects the diversity of body sizes. The conference aims to address issues concerning bullying, stigmatizing, shaming and oppression faced by fat people.

Study on risk-factors associated with self injury and eating issus

s part of a Bachelor of Psychological Science honours project, Bridie Stewart is looking at risk factors associated with self-injury and eating issues.

The study involves an anonymous, online questionnaire and is open to anyone 18 or older – regardless of whether they have experience with self-injury or eating issues. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes and your time is greatly appreciated!!

For more information and to participate, please go to

Calling all journal and diary writers

The Diary Healer


Invitation to Share your ‘Evidence of Life Experience’ in new book by June Alexander


 The Diary Healer explores how the diary can help understand, inspire, heal and liberate self and provide a learning tool for others.


Writing about our life, especially the important issues, can help us to better understand these issues and eventually diagnose problems that stem from them.


Yet the process of diary writing remains a largely untapped resource in health care professions, in helping people to heal and ‘know who they are’ at every life stage, and evidence-based research particularly in the field of eating disorders, is sadly lacking. This book aims to inspire correction to this imbalance.


Diary writing is particularly helpful in helping us to understand who we are, and cope with challenges such as mental or physical illness, emotional pain and trauma.  In The Diary Healer I draw on diary writing and eating disorder experience, together with evidence-based research, to explain why and how the process of diary writing can assist in recovery and in maximizing life quality and potential. While this book’s primary healing focus is on eating disorders, it offers guidance for all who seek to be more in touch and in tune with their true self.


Hop on board a new literary adventure by sharing excerpts of your diary writing in a book to be called  The Diary Healer. In this book I am setting out to demonstrate how writing a diary or journal can help us understand, inspire, heal and liberate our self and at the same time provide a tool to educate others – such the health profession – on what the inside story of an eating disorder, what living with this illness, is really like.  - See more at:

Befriend Your Body: A Yoga Workshop

Sarah Ball is running a two day workshop for women in late March. Please find the enclosed flyer below and please get in contact with Sarah via her website:

A Summary from the Carolyn Costin Workshop: For those wanting to recover, please remember...

Several weeks ago,  Carolyn Costin (author of ‘8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder’ and founder of Monte Nido Residential Recovery Centres in the US) presented two workshops.  Below is a summary of key points that two people in the Isis Mentor program would like to share.


Reconnect 2013 - Be Inpsired!

Please read the following about Reconnect 2013. Our speakers, Sarah and Alana, bravely had this to say:

Become an Isis Member

Each year Isis relies strongly on donations and alternative sources of revenue to provide information, support and counselling services to people with eating issues. By becoming a member of Isis, you will be supporting this valuable work as well as the goals of Isis.  It is now more important than ever to have a solid network of members and support. Please consider becoming a member of Isis and passing this information through your networks.

Isis 2013 AGM!

You are warmly invited to the 2013 Isis AGM!

Please join us to reflect and celebrate on that very busy year that was, as we highlight some of the challenges and celebrate our successes together. 

Isis Reconnect 2013

Are you seeking inspiration and ideas, and connection with a
supportive community?
Come along to Isis - Reconnect

This is an opportunity to reflect on the year gone, identify and reconnect with your strengths, celebrate your resilience and create a recovery vision for 2014.
Whether you are new to Isis or already in contact with our services, we would love to see you!

Isis is moving and we need your help!

As many of you may know Isis has been urgently seeking an alternative premises due to legal challenges by the new property owner in regards to our zoning.  We have decided to terminate our lease and cease operating as a home business to move to a commercial premises and  need to do this by the 20th November.   Although we are sad to leave this premises we are excited about the possibilities of moving to a new location and further developing partnerships and community support.   As part of this we are making a call out to you.. seeking assistance, donations or sponsorship to assist us to move. 

There are some very important ways to offer your support & every little bit counts!

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