Peer workers play a large and ongoing role in the recovery journey of a person living with an eating disorder

They can be instrumental in delivering positive messages about body image, healthy eating and exercise behaviours. 

Peer workers are people who draw on their lived experience and knowledge of recovery from an eating disorder to help others achieve improved recovery outcomes. They include people who have personal experience of an eating disorder and family members and others who have experience of supporting someone with an eating disorder. Peer work provides a non-clinical collaborative approach as an adjunct to clinical treatment.

Peer Work Resources

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) commissioned the development of a Peer Work Guide, to promote and facilitate the implementation of evidence-based peer work in treatment and support services for people with eating disorders.

The Guide is made up of a how-to and six distinct but linked documents, so that readers can “dip in” to the section that they need when they need it:

How To Use This Guide

Part A Peer Work Guide Evidence Review

Part B The Peer Work Approach

Part C1 Codesign for Change

Part C2 Robust Recruitment

Part C3 Supporting Practice

Part C4 Introductory Learning Resources

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

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