Making Sense of Eating Disorders: The Lived Experience

Monday, 2 July 2018

Researchers in occupational therapy at the University of Newcastle (UON) are exploring how responses to sensory stimuli may affect the experience of or recovery from an eating disorder

We are seeking people to participate in this study who:

  1. Consider themselves recovered or in recovery from an eating disorder
  2. Are comfortable talking about their eating disorder experience
  3. Are a minimum of 18 years old
  4. Are English-speaking
  5. Reside in/near Newcastle, Australia

Unfortunately, if you are currently in treatment in an inpatient hospital or day treatment program and/or enrolled in the Occupational Therapy program at University of Newcastle, then you are not eligible to participate in the study.

Data collection will take place via focus group at the University of Newcastle; therefore, you must live in or near the Newcastle Area.

If this information results in stress or eating disorder thoughts please contact the National Eating Disorders Help Line on 1800 ED HOPE/1800 33 4673 or email

To find out more about the study

To review Participant Information Statement

Complaints about this research: This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2018-0164. Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research Services, NIER Precinct, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, telephone (02) 4921 6333, email

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