Program for carers of people with eating disorders

The Statewide Eating Disorder Service and Butterfly Foundation are running another six-week program for carers of people with an eating disorder, called Collaborative Care Skills Workshop (CCSW), from 6 September.

A flyer for the program can be accessed by clicking here.

Seeking contributions for research into the impact of psychosocial disability on education, training and employment

The Central Adelaide and Hills Partners in Recovery team at Life Without Barriers are currently undertaking a project to design resources to support people with a psychosocial disability to access to education, training and employment.

We know that people with a psychosocial disability face great barriers in accessing and participating in education, training and employment. For the first time in 2015 the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) collected information about people with psychosocial disability. The survey highlighted that:

  • In 2015, 4.5% of Australians (1,045,900 people) reported having psychosocial disability. Of all people with any type of disability, almost one-quarter (24.4%) had a psychosocial disability.
  • Just over half (51.8%) of all people (living in households) aged 15 years and over with psychosocial disability had completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or higher, compared with 55.6% of people with other disabilities and 75.8% of people without disability.
  • One in four (25.0%) people aged 15 to 64 years with psychosocial disability (living in households) were employed, compared with just over half (57.3%) of people of the same age with a disability other than psychosocial, and 78.8% of people without disability.

Life Without Barriers is seeking information from a diverse group of individuals to better understand issues facing people with psychosocial disability when accessing and maintaining education, training and employment.

Feedback is being sought from consumers living with a mental illness, their families, friends and carers; as well as professionals working in this sector.

Feedback can be provided by:

  • Attending one of four focus groups. Focus Groups will be held between the 7th and 10th of August from 11am to 2pm, with lunch provided. Bookings to one of the Focus Groups can be made Here
  • Feedback via Survey Monkey can be made Here
  • Paper surveys can be posted or emailed (details within survey).

All feedback will be kept anonymous and contributors will not be identified.

Focus Group participants (excluding any organisational staff) will be given a $25 gift card as a small thank you for their contribution, whilst individuals who complete the survey will go into a draw to win a $100 gift card.

PACE Newsletter


                               KEEPING PACE

May 2017

Welcome to the May 2017 edition of Keeping PACE.

PACE will be starting two new support groups at Morphett Vale this month, one for people with eating disorders and one for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. The Eating Disorders Recovery Support Group will be held on Thursday mornings, and the OCD Recovery Support Group will be held on Friday mornings. Both groups will be held fortnightly at the Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre. We will also be starting a new Panic and Anxiety Recovery Support Group at Mount Barker this month. The group will be held fortnightly on Monday afternoons at Infuse Church. For more information about the groups contact PACE on 8159 1400 or at pace@centacare.org.au

Over the last few months PACE has been involved in the Lived Experience Workforce Project (LEWP), an initiative funded by SA Health to support the development and growth of the lived experience workforce in the non-government mental health sector. A lived experience worker, or peer worker, is someone who has experienced a mental illness themselves, and who uses this experience to help other people with mental illness. Peer workers are important because they give people hope that recovery is possible. Hope is critical to recovery, and peer workers are living proof that recovery is possible. They also provide a level of understanding that only comes from experience. Many people with mental illness feel misunderstood and alone in their struggle, and it can make a huge difference to speak to someone who really does understand what they are going through. I am proud to be part of a team that values lived experience, and pleased to be part of the LEWP.

Until next time, look after yourself.


Team Leader, PACE

Perfectionism linked to anxiety and depression in teens

Many people think that perfectionism is a positive trait, but it can actually be quite harmful. A recent article in Huffington Post Australia discusses the negative impact perfectionism can have on teenagers. In the article Professor Tracey Wade from Flinders University highlights the problems with perfectionism, and explains how it can lead to anxiety and depression.

The online article can be accessed via the following link:


MAYDAYS for eating disorders 2017

MAYDAYS for Eating Disorders is the Butterfly Foundation’s annual awareness and advocacy campaign which takes place nationally throughout the month of May to raise vital funds for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders in Australia. The campaign draws on the experiences of Australians to highlight key concerns relating to eating disorders, and calls for change! MAYDAYS asks Australians to spread the message about the seriousness of eating disorders and the desperate need to have access to appropriate treatment and care.

For more information visit: https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/support-us/maydays-for-eating-disorders/

National Volunteer Week 2017

National volunteer week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. From 8–14 May 2017 thousands of events across the country were held to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer.

On Tuesday May 9 Centacare held a Volunteers Dinner at the Buckingham Arms Hotel. The dinner, which is held annually, is a way for Centacare to thank our volunteers for the contribution they make to our programs.

If you would like more information about volunteering with Centacare you can speak to our Volunteer Co-ordinator Vicki on 8252 2311.

Are anxiety and depression caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain?

We had an interesting discussion in a support group recently about the impact of brain chemistry on anxiety and depression. One of the women attending the group commented that she had been depressed for many years, but there was nothing she could do about it because it was caused by a chemical imbalance in her brain. Like many other people who share the same belief, she was resigned to the fact that she would never recover and would suffer from depression for the rest of her life. But is the belief that anxiety and depression are caused by a chemical imbalance actually true?

The simple answer is NO! Although anxiety and depression do involve chemical differences in the brain, they are not caused by those chemical differences. This is why medication alone doesn’t cure anxiety and depression. If they were caused purely by chemical issues in the brain, medication would resolve them, but it doesn’t. Medication can help to reduce the symptoms but it doesn’t cure anxiety and depression.  Although there are other factors that can contribute to their development, anxiety and depression are mainly caused by our thoughts. Every thought we have results in the release of chemicals in our brain, and these chemicals determine how we feel. Different thoughts lead to the release of different chemicals, and over time certain thinking patterns can cause our brain chemistry to change, and we can become anxious or depressed.

So what does this mean for people with anxiety and depression? It means they no longer need to resign themselves to the fact that they will never recover. It means there IS something they can do. They can change the way they think. With the right treatment and support, people can develop more helpful thinking patterns, and over time this will lead to recovery. In PACE we know that recovery is possible, and everything we do is aimed at helping people achieve recovery. If you would like more information give us a call and speak to one of our friendly team.

PACE Service

Centacare Catholic Family Services

413 Grange Rd Seaton SA 5023 | T: 1800 809 304 or 8159 1400 | E:  pace@centacare.org.au


New anxiety support group at Mount Barker

I am pleased to announce that PACE now has a Panic and Anxiety Recovery Support Group at Mount Barker. The group is open to anyone aged 16 years and over who is struggling with anxiety or panic attacks, and wants to learn strategies to manage these issues. The group will provide people with a safe place in which to:

– Meet other people experiencing similar challenges

– Share their experiences with people who understand what they are going through

– Learn strategies to help them move forward in their recovery

Starting on the 8th of May, the group will be held fortnightly on Mondays from 1.30 – 3.30pm at Infuse Church, 147 Hurling Drive Mount Barker.

The group is an open, ongoing support group, and people are welcome to join at any time.

For more information or to register for the group contact PACE on 8159 1400 or pace@centacare.org.au

Invitation to participate in OCD research study

The University of Bath is conducting a study into treatment preferences for OCD. They are interested in finding out whether people would prefer to receive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the usual weekly way or in a more intensive format, if they had the choice between the two.

This information is important because it will help treatment providers to determine how treatment should be delivered and the treatment options that should be available to people who have OCD and are considering seeking treatment.

To participate in the study you will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires online. These questionnaires will ask you about your preferences for treatment and your views on your OCD. You will also be asked some questions about when your OCD started and if you have been able to access treatment for OCD in the past if you have wanted to. You can click on the following link to access more information about the study :

University of Bath OCD treatment options study


New groups for OCD and Eating Disorders in the South

In May PACE will be starting two new Recovery Support Groups at Morphett Vale, one for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and one for people with Eating Disorders. The groups will be held fortnightly at the Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre. The OCD Recovery Support Group will be held on Friday mornings and the Eating Disorders Recovery Support Group will be held on Thursday mornings.

The groups provide an opportunity for participants to meet with other people who understand what they are going through, and learn strategies that will help them in their recovery. Anyone aged 16 years and over can attend and people are welcome to bring a support person with them.

Flyers for the groups can be accessed on the Recovery Groups page of the PACE website:


For more information or to register for a group contact PACE on 8159 1400 or at pace@centacare.org.au


Eating Disorders Conference for families and carers

The Butterfly Foundation and FEAST will be hosting the 3rd At Home With Eating Disorders Conference for families and carers. The previous 2 events have been fantastic opportunities for carers to learn more, be inspired in their caring role and network with other carers. This years conference promises to be just as good, featuring some amazing international experts in Prof Janet Treasure, Dr Roxanne Rockwell and Prof Stephen Touyz. The conference will be held in Sydney on the 12th – 13th of May.

There will also be two pre-conference workshops on the 11th of May. Prof Janet Treasure will be delivering a Collaborative Care Skills workshop in the morning and Dr Roxanne Rockwell will be delivering a workshop on Meal Coaching Strategies in the afternoon.

For more information visit www.athomewitheatingdisorders.com


Six-week program for people with eating disorders

Provided by the Butterfly Foundation, “Emerging” is a six-week recovery-based program that encourages and helps you to re-engage with your healthy self by providing skills and strategies to support the recovery process. The program, which starts in April, is open to anyone 18 years or over who is experiencing an eating disorder and who is motivated to recover.

To register or get more information, please contact Lisa on 0456 721 597 or the Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 334 673 or email support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

To access the flyer for the program click here.