COVID-19 Latest information

COVID-19 Latest information

COVID-19, also referred to as coronavirus, is an infectious disease causing a current global pandemic. NEDC and our partners are working to support the eating disorder community in accessing accurate and timely information, particularly as it relates to the experience and treatment of eating disorders at this time.

The NEDC contributed to the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan, which was released on 15 May with the unanimous support of the National Cabinet. It is available for download from the National Mental Health Commission’s website.

As the national experience of and response to COVID-19 continues to unfold, NEDC will continue to share useful information about COVID-19 for the eating disorder community both here and on social media. Please see a list of curated links below, and check back regularly.


Information for people with lived experience and their supports

Survey on COVID-19 and eating disorders, Inside Out

Advice for athletes, NEDC-AIS partnership

Advice for people with an eating disorder and their loved ones, InsideOut

COVID-19 and eating disorders information from Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV)

Tips and advice for people with an eating disorder from the Butterfly Foundation

COVID-19 support from the Department of Health

Information updates from Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ)

Advice for parents, families and caregivers from F.E.A.S.T.

Tips and advice from BEAT UK


Information for health and other helping professionals

NEDC CHEAT SHEET: Temporary Telehealth item numbers Medicare

Advice for coaches and performance support staff, NEDC-AIS partnership

Useful advice for eating disorder clinicians from ANZAED

Key resources for primary care practictioners and mental health services and clinicians from The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED)

A practical guide to setting up your practice to deliver telehealth services from Mental Health Online

30-minute online training module for health care workers from the Australian Government Department of Health


Further reading

Article on the psychological impact of quarantine from The Lancet

Cognitive-behavioral therapy in the time of Coronavirus: Clinician tips for working with eating disorders via telehealth when face-to-face meetings are not possible. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Eating and exercise behaviors in eating disorders and the general population during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia: Initial results from the COLLATE project. International Journal of Eating Disorders 

The Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on eating disorder risk and symptoms. International Journal of Eating Disorders 

Digital Technology can revolutionize mental health services delivery: the COVID-19 crisis as a catalyst for change. International Journal of Eating Disorders

COVID-10 and telepsychiatry: an evidence-based guidance for clinicians, Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health

Eating Disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine: an overview of risks and recommendations for treatment and early intervention, Eating Disorder: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention 

Exploring the ways in which COVID-19 and lockdown has affected the lives of adult patients with anorexia nervosa and their carers, European Eating Disorders Review

Children and Adolescents with eating disorders during COVID-19 confinement: Difficulties and future challenges, European Eating Disorders Review 

Outbreak of anorexia nervosa admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Archives of Disease in Childhood



Anyone needing support or information can contact the Butterfly National Helpline 1800 33 4673


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