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October 2021 Newsletter

In this issue...

  • Be your child's life raft: How to engage with primary care providers
  • FEAST Webinar: Medical Complications in Children and Adolescents with Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • On Isolation – A caregiver's perspective
  • Webinar: Supporting Your Loved One Struggling with Bulimia Nervosa
  • Upcoming support meetings


Message from the Chairs


Nicky Wilson  

Nicky Wilson

Today marks the end of this year's Mental Health Week. We would like to acknowledge the work that everyone in the sector is doing to support those who are struggling with their mental health. The week is an excellent reminder of the wealth of resources that are available that we encourage you to take advantage of. We also have a large range of resources on our website to help you as you support someone with an eating disorder. 

EDANZ has been lobbying the Ministry of Health for attention to the dire state of eating disorder treatment since early last year. We are pleased to let you know about an encouraging development. In partnership with the Werry Centre Whāraurau, the Ministry is establishing an External Advisory Group including family, lived experience, Māori, Pacific and advocacy representatives. The primary function of this group will be to bring individual perspectives and expertise to provide advice, support, critical thinking and challenge to the delivery of an initiative that “aims to enhance the current activity across relevant sectors to increase workforce capacity and capability to meet some of the current demands of service delivery to children and young people experiencing eating issues/eating disorder; and their whānau”.

EDANZ has submitted an Expression of Interest to be involved in this External Advisory Group and very much hope we are given the opportunity to be the voice of family, whānau and carers in these vital discussions. We will keep you updated. 

It is with pleasure that I introduce you to Tim Boyle, the new Chair of EDANZ. As I step down from the role that I have had the privilege to play since 2014, I want to thank the amazing team of volunteers who work with commitment and passion, sharing their knowledge and experience, and their unrelenting belief in recovery and unwavering compassion for families and their loved ones. I look forward to contributing as EDANZ continues to provide support and hope to families and carers.


Tim Boyle

Hi everyone.  As the incoming Chair of the EDANZ Board, I would firstly like to express my sincere thanks to Nicki for her tireless work as Chair and Advocate over the past seven years. Nicki’s passion and commitment to supporting the many people whose lives are affected by eating disorders have been the driving force behind EDANZ throughout that time, and her guidance and leadership have been exceptional.  I look forward to continuing to work with Nicki and the other Board members to deliver the much-needed support, advocacy and education that many in our communities so desperately need. 

I come into this role with personal experience, as a parent,  of a long and difficult journey that led to a successful recovery from an eating disorder. When we needed help, EDANZ was our guiding light, and their support and empathy were with us through the most difficult parts of that journey.  I am now fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of that organisation, one that provides so much hope, to so many people, and to play my part in contributing to helping others on their own journeys. We have an incredibly knowledgeable and capable Board and an amazing team of volunteers who donate so much time to helping others – it is an honor to be part of the team and I look forward to meeting and working with you all.



Be your child's life raft: How to engage with primary care providers

Four steps to take when engaging with primary care providers


Medical Complications in Children and Adolescents with Feeding and Eating Disorders

FEAST Webinar: Medical Complications in Children and Adolescents with Feeding and Eating Disorders

Live 7am, 14 October 2021
This webinar will provide an overview on the diagnosis, assessment, and medical complications of children and adolescents with feeding and eating disorder.

Register here:

On isolation

On Isolation – A caregiver's perspective 

"No education about eating disorders could have prepared me for the disconnect, loneliness and isolation this illness brings not only on me, but also within the entire family."


Bulimia Nervosa webinar

Webinar: Supporting Your Loved One Struggling with Bulimia Nervosa

Join Beth Mayer, LICSW, for she explores different aspects of the treatment of bulimia nervosa.. Beth presents some statistics and helps families understand potential ways to support the individual who is struggling.

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're now alternating monthly between evening and daytime meetings.

Upcoming 2021 Dates:

October: Friday 22nd, 12pm (Corrected date)

November: Monday 29th, 7pm (Corrected date)

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

Remember: EDANZ helpline is open throughout all Covid Alert Levels – 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.

Please consider donating to EDANZ

We acknowledge times are financially tight for many, but at this time there is also a corresponding increase in demand for our services. As a volunteer organisation relying totally on donations and grants to provide our services – many of which are currently self-funded – your financial support is more needed now than ever before. 

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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