Peer Workers play an important role in supporting recovery for people experiencing eating disorders and in building the system of care
Peer Workers, also called Lived Experience Workers, are people who draw on their lived experience and knowledge of recovery from an eating disorder to help others achieve improved recovery outcomes or to improve service planning and delivery. They include people who have personal experience of an eating disorder and family members and others who have experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder.
Peer Workers may work one-on-one or in small groups with people seeking recovery from an eating disorder and/or their carers, providing a non-clinical adjunct to treatment. Other Lived Experience Workers use their experience in service and system development, for example by contributing to co-design processes to ensure the needs of people with lived experience are understood and reflected at all levels of service delivery.
In 2019, NEDC commissioned a Peer Work Guide to support the implementation of evidence-based peer work in treatment and support services for people with eating disorders.
The Guide is made up of six distinct but linked documents. Readers can “dip in” to the section that they need when they need it:
The Butterfly Collective
The Butterfly Foundation has established the Butterfly Collective – an online community of people across Australia who either have lived experience of an eating disorder or body image concerns, or are a support, family member or friend of someone with a personal experience. This community is designed to help Butterfly amplify the voice of people with a lived experience by inviting its members to take part in activities which will help to shape their work.
To find out more or to register click here.