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June 2022 Newsletter

In this issue...

  • Message from the Chair
  • World Eating Disorders Action Day
  • Anosognosia and Eating Disorders — When We Don’t Know We Are Sick
  • Budget 2022 – Further support for eating disorder services
  • AED International Conference of Eating Disorders 
  • FEAST 30 Days Program
  • Upcoming support meetings

Message from the Chair

Hi everyone and welcome to the start of winter – great news for the skiers – but it does bring shorter days, colder mornings and sometimes the gloomy weather can make our challenges seem much more difficult. Keep warm, enjoy the change that winter brings and remember that the brighter days of summer are really just a few months away.

We held the Annual General Meeting on the last day of May and it was great to see a few new faces in the virtual room – thank you to those that attended and for your continued support of EDANZ. At the meeting, the strategic plan for the next 24 months was accepted, which you can read on our website here. We also set the budget for the year and re-elected the Board members with no change from the previous 12 months. Thank you all for your willingness to continue to serve on the Board.

In other budget news, it was pleasing to hear the announcement that the Government allocated an additional $3.9m for eating disorders in its Budget. Whilst we had hoped for more, it is recognition that the sector does need additional funding, and we hope that the money is spent wisely in areas where change is urgently needed. We will continue to lobby for this recognition to go further and hope that this is a positive sign of things to come. It was also very pleasing to hear that there is a commitment from the Government to grow the peer support workforce in this area. This is something for which we have lobbied strongly for a very long time and again, it is great to finally see that the need is being recognised.

Tim Boyle
Chair, EDANZ

Today is World Eating Disorders Action Day

Anosognosia and Eating Disorders

Anosognosia and Eating Disorders — When we don’t know we are sick 

By Tabitha Farrar 
From Tabitha Farrar

Anosognosia is a common symptom of certain mental illnesses, perhaps the most difficult to understand for those who have never experienced it. It happens a lot in people with eating disorders.

Find out more

Budget 2022

Budget 2022 – Further support for eating disorder services

$3.9 million in extra funding over four years for eating disorder services in New Zealand has been secured as part of Budget 2022.

Read the Government media release

AED International Conference of Eating Disorders

This virtual conference is being held 10-11 June NZ Time.

Register here

FEAST 30 days programme

FREE program for parents and carers

FEAST 30 Days is an innovative and unique program designed to educate and empower parents and caregivers of people with eating disorders. People who register for this program will receive one lesson per day, delivered to their inbox, over the course of 30 days.

Providers and other non-caregivers are welcome to sign up for FEAST 30 Days as well!

Read more and register here

EDANZ Support Group Meetings

Upcoming support group meetings

EDANZ believes parents/carers have unique abilities to support one another and we hold regular meetings to which you are warmly invited. Currently, we're joining together around the country once a month thanks to Zoom videoconferencing technology. 

If you would like to participate in a virtual support group, please RSVP to and we'll send you the link.

We alternate monthly between evening and daytime meetings.

Upcoming 2022 Dates:

  • June: Friday 17th, 12pm-1pm
  • July: Monday 18th, 7pm-8.30pm
  • August: Friday 19th, 12pm-1pm

More information can be found on our website Parent/Carer Support Groups page

Remember: EDANZ helpline is open throughout all Covid 'traffic lights' – please don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a message on the phone 0800 2 EDANZ and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you are concerned about the safety of someone, please ring 111 or go to the Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.

Did you know, we receive no regular funding?

Many families have told us they consider our support to be essential and life-saving. However, we are a volunteer organisation and rely totally on donations and grants to provide our services – many of which are currently self-funded. 

Demand for our services has reached unprecedented levels, but sadly donations are down as the pandemic has hit Kiwis hard over the past two years.

If you can, please consider donating to EDANZ

Your donation will enable us to continue our work providing support to families, education to healthcare providers and the community, and advocating for improved access to evidence-based treatment for all affected New Zealanders. 

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