Introducing our endED Community

Founded in 2015, endED is a Sunshine Coast non-for-profit community organization. We would love to introduce you to our circle. We are fortunate to be led by a team, comprised of a myriad of professional backgrounds. We remain intentionally evidence-informed to position ourselves in support of the external evidence-based models that individuals will/may be moving through, between spending time with us. Our community is made up of; creative and expressive arts therapist, recovery coaches, counsellors, psychologists, trauma-informed yoga and meditation facilitators and our allied health setting, collectively supporting growth, diverse experiencing and connection through this journey of Recovery.

Together we move, centering lived-experience and paying attention to that which needs to be heard, finding a way to shape and re-shape this path that we are on.
We are led by the collective ingenuity and wisdom of everyone involved. We could not do what we do without the work of services and clinicians surrounding us, or without our volunteers and community support. 

You are our team, you are our community and we are so honoured to be on this journey together.

 

A brief encounter with one of our Patrons 

Carolyn Costin

"As an eating disorder specialist for over 40 years and recovered myself, I have watched the field struggle with how to acknowledge, utilize and incorporate those with lived experience in providing adjunctive support in the overall care of individuals with eating disorders.

As a therapist, a clinical director of hospital eating disorder units, author of 6 books and the founder of the first residential program in the US, I have advocated for decades, and shown through experience, that those who are recovered have a unique perspective, a message of hope and the ability to be role models for individuals struggling from these complicated disorders.

It is with a sigh of relief and a shout of triumph that I join endED as a patron of an organization that epitomizes what I have long held as a vision for the future of eating disorder care."

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Introducing our Communities Team 

Welcome to our team of facilitators! Our communities team is comprised of practitioners with diverse backgrounds, skills and knowledge/s, as well as varied personal interests! We meet weekly to reflect, ideate, design and deliver our offerings. We privledge this time and space to ensure feedback and voice is platformed and regularily informing our key deicision making. 

 
 
Mark & Gay Forbes

Founders

Our endED House of Hope resides in Woombye, Sunshine Coast where we respectfully live, gather and work on Kabi Kabi and Jinibara land. 

We come by this space with

Parent/Carer Lived Experience. 

Our hope is to increase understanding, compassion and allyship. We dedicate our involvement to meeting individuals and their loved ones 'where they are at in the world' and move forward together.

We act as a voice of advocacy across adjunct services, actively participating in generating a discourse of progression in the continual development of our services. We would like to acknowledge that we both work on a full time voluntary basis. All support goes directly to expanding our offerings and supporting our wonderful team.

Laura

Senior Practitioner & Practice Coordinator

CCI Eating Disorder Recovery Coach

Laura comes to this role with Lived Experience. Laura completed her two year training through the Carolyn Costin Institute, attaining her qualification as a Recovery Coach.

Laura provides one/one support as part of individuals care team, providing person centered support and guidance in a myriad of ways through their journey of Recovery.

Laura is responsible for; co-facilitating our Community Connection Space, our Volunteer Connection Space, Intake & Assessment & is involved with Outreach & Engagement with the wider community.

Cassandra Kowitz

Senior Practitioner & Practice Coordinator

Masters in Creative Arts Therapy: Community Arts & Health

Mental Health First Aid Accreditation [MHFA Australia]

Institute for Experiential & Creative Arts Therapy [MIECAT]

GradDip Senior Edu [QUT]

BA Creative Industries [USQ].

Registered Creative Arts Therapist (AThR)

Cass completed her Masters at the Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy. Cass' prior work has been guided by social justice, advocacy, inclusivity, access and strengthening sense of belonging.

Cass comes by this space with Lived Experience and through her role seeks to provide support, guided and informed by the MIECAT Form of Inquiry & our guiding State and National Frameworks.

Cass is also responsible for co-facilitating our Community Connection Space, Intake & Assessment, Program development and is involved with Outreach & Engagement with the wider community.

Kath

Care Navigator & Allied Health Coordinator

Kath calls the Sunshine Coast home, having relocated with her family in 2007. With over 20 years’ experience as a registered nurse engaging in care coordination (in hospital & community settings), Kath appreciates the value of providing an integrated approach to care coordination to enhance recovery.

Kath's journey with endED began 6 years ago through her former roles as Care Navigator, and later also Manager, of the Sunshine Coast Eating Disorder Access Trial (SCEDAT).

At endED Kath allows curiosity and compassion to shape her connections as she works in the community, supporting individuals, and loved ones as they explore eating disorder (ED) treatments & recovery supports to meet each person’s unique circumstances.

In her role as Care Navigator, Kath enjoys creating space to:

Listen and learn - what makes ‘you’, ‘you.' Connect with your story - what has been helpful so far. Together unpack and explore - what treatment & recovery supports look like and are available. Support loved ones - share resources & links with services that support & empower you.

Kath’s other role of Allied Health Coordinator uniquely positions her to build connections with a wide range of allied health practitioners, both within endED and the wider community. Kath feels thankful for opportunities to connect individuals and loved ones with clinicians and mental health organisations providing hope through evidence-based &/or holistic offerings.

Kath’s desire to bring hope stems from her own Lived Experience as well as supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. It also opened the way for her to become a Peer Mentor and a Speaker with Eating Disorder Queensland.

In her down time Kath can be found exploring local markets, cafes, and restaurants, relaxing with family & friends, enjoying a movie, or reading a good book. Kath finds joy in nature, Papa God’s presence, kayaking, volunteering, and snuggling with her pampered cat, ‘fur baby,’ Leo.

Georgie Birch

LivED Experience Counsellor & LivED Experience Group Facilitator

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

Diploma of Counselling and Communication

Georgie was first welcomed into the endED space in 2020 as a counselling placement student whilst completing her degree. She comes to this role from lived-experience and has previously cared for a family member with an eating disorder.

Her former roles have encompassed various support work, mentoring, and community development across the Sunshine Coast. Georgie was awarded a 'New Colombo Plan' scholarship in 2021 through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, offering an opportunity to represent Australia and promote mental health support across the Indo-Pacific region.

Georgie is one of our LivED Experience Counsellors and is also involved with our Volunteer Community and our Community Connection Space. Georgie hosts a warm, holistic & person-centred approach within an empathetic, non-judgemental and confidential space.

When not spending time at the lovely House of Hope, Georgie is either at the beach with her dog, chasing a sunset or exploring fusion restaurants around the Coast.

Claire Martin

LivED Experience Counsellor & Group Counselling Facilitator.

Masters of Counselling, University of Queensland

Claire began her journey with endED as a volunteer in the Community Connection space. She has a strong passion for extinguishing diet culture and weight stigma. With the drive to share her story of recovery and provide a sense of hope to those affected, Claire completed her peer mentor and speaker training with Eating Disorders Queensland. She has also enjoyed being a mentor for young women in the community through the Warrior Woman Foundation.

Coming to this counselling role with a lived experience, Claire believes wholeheartedly in the rippling positive effects of promoting the voices of lived experience through safe consultations.

With a curious spirit, Claire is dedicated to lifelong learning. She has experience in the field of social work and prior to becoming a counsellor, enjoyed a career as a veterinary nurse. Claire maintains a great love and appreciation for animals and likes to wind down from the day by walking with her two dogs Penny and Jilly.

Tayla Clegg

Intake Team Member

Tayla is also a part of the Allied Health Team as a Dietitian and eagerly joined the Intake Team due to her strong alignment with endED values. She is enthusiastic about being part of a supportive team dedicated to such an important journey.

Having had a lived experience, Tayla feels this assists in having compassion for individuals experiencing an eating disorder, body image concerns or difficulties with their food and exercise relationship.

Tayla feels that connection is a valuable part of this recovery journey and wants to ensure no one has to go through this alone. She is also committed to ensuring everyone feels heard and is has a voice in their recovery journey, meaning she is there to support them every step of the way and work alongside them, no matter how long this may take.

 
 

Introducing our endED Patrons and Ambassadors 

endED is honoured to have the following individuals stand with, show their support, share, ideate, promote and represent endED in the community. We wish to acknowledge and celebrate their ongoing support with our Community.

 
 
Claire Middleton

endED Patron

Claire is the founder of the Butterfly Foundation, and for many years was a Carolyn Costin Institute Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, a Life Coach and an Internal Family Systems Therapy Practitioner.

Claire suffered from binge eating, bulimia and anorexia and was the carer for her two daughters who battled anorexia. Claire has been a dedicated passionate advocate for eating disorder treatment in Australia for many years.

In 2012, Claire received an Order of Australia Medal for her work with The Butterfly Foundation, as a significant agent for change in the way we prevent and treat eating disorders in Australia. 

She has a deep respect and admiration for endED and is incredibly proud to be an endED ambassador.

Andrew Wallace

endED Patron

Federal Member for Fisher & Speaker of the House of Representatives

Andrew has been the Federal Member for Fisher since 2016, and currently serves as the 31st Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Prior to entering Parliament, he was a carpenter and joiner, a licensed builder and a small business owner, before retraining to become a construction barrister.

Andrew has advocated extensively for changes to policy and increased funding for mental health services since being elected, with a particular focus on eating disorder treatment. He has been a supporter of endED from the beginning and continues to champion the cause in and beyond Parliament.

Emily Seebohm

endED Ambassador

The endED team are incredibly proud of our amazing ambassador Emily Seebohm who has triumphed over adversity to qualify for her fourth Olympic Games.

She is only the second Australian swimmer to have ever achieved this. Em, we want you to know that regardless of your amazing accolades you will always be a winner in our eyes.

Emily has shown immeasurable strength and tenacity in sharing her story and speaking her truth.

Dinesh Palipana

endED Ambassador

"I have had close friends with eating disorders. I have seen it through my work as a doctor in the emergency department. It is not an easy thing for anyone to go through.

What's more, eating disorders affect the people around those experiencing it. endED was founded through the passion and love of people so close to eating disorders.

For that reason, endED has a beating heart which truly has the potential to make an impact."

Ollie Perillo

endED Ambassador

When my sister fell ill with Anorexia Nervosa, endEDs recovery coach, Millie Thomas, proved to be an invaluable resource. I wanted to give back, raise awareness and show compassion for the eating disorder community, so I organised a 24-hour row with a few friends. From this experience, I realised I wanted to help destigmatise and further understand eating disorders.

I’m an early career researcher at the InsideOut institute and an honours student at the Charles Perkins Centre. I study appetite hormones, in particular a new hormone called ‘Erusiolin’ which we believe suppresses appetite and may play a role in dysregulated eating. I’m investigating how our cells make Eursiolin, its final structure in the blood, which nutrients induce its section, and elucidate its role in health and disease. We research these hormones using blood plasma, and techniques in the field of proteomics, which is closely aligned with personalised medicine.

My passions include anything to do in or around the surf! I’m a member of the freshwater surf lifesaving club where I patrol, compete and pilot drones in the shark surveillance program. I also love reading, nonfiction and philosophy mostly but I am exploring more fiction.

Chelsea Blissett

endED Ambassador

Chelsea is passionate about sport especially football and plays professionally for Melbourne City and has represented Australia in the Young Matildas Team. Chelsea is very grateful to live her dream career especially growing up in a country town where playing professional soccer wasn’t a normal path to take. Chelsea has also become passionate in helping advocate for Eating Disorder Awareness as she is and continues to recover from her own lived experience with ED that she has carried through her adult life.

Chelsea is also determined to change the language surrounding EDs within her sport and to help take away the unnecessary shame, guilt and stigma so often attached to a person with an eating disorder.

 

 

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Our endED 1000 Club Member monthly contributions help support our lived experience endED support team members.

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Each day we meet and honour the land in which we gather. Here on the land of the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Peoples. We would like to acknowledge their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We pledge our ongoing solidarity with the traditional owners and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in their struggle for recognition of sovereignty, historical truths and justice.