Instilling hope for a brighter future: A mentor-mentee support program for young people with anorexia nervosa

1. Your name, academic institution and contact details (Email and website if appropriate)

Sarah Fogarty, University of Western Sydney, s.fogarty@uws.edu.au or doctorfogarty@gmail.com

2. Name of Chief Investigator

Dr Lucie Ramjan from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney and Dr Sarah Fogarty from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine and are conducting the study and are the Chief Investigators.

3. Name of University Supervisor (if a university research project)

Both Dr Sarah and Dr Lucie have PhD’s and are unsupervised. They are not supervising any students for this project.

4. The name of your project and a brief synopsis (300 words maximum)

INSTILLING HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE: A MENTOR-MENTEE SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ANOREXIA NERVOSA.

The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate, in consultation with stakeholders (young women with anorexia nervosa (AN) and recovered individuals), a support program for young people in New South Wales on their road to recovery. The project is a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project where researchers work alongside young women with AN and recovered individuals to develop a mentor-mentee support program for young people on their road to recovery. The involvement of both recovered AN individuals and young women with AN is paramount in ensuring that the needs of both the mentor and the mentee are met in a supportive mentoring program.

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Dr Lucie Ramjan and Dr Daniel Nicholls from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr Sarah Fogarty from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine and Professor Phillipa Hay from the School of Medicine at the University of Western Sydney.

How is the study being paid for:

The study is being funded by the Ian Potter foundation.

5. Recruitment details – who are you looking for

We are looking for people who have recovered form Anorexia Nervosa and who are interested in being a mentor for a young person with Anorexia Nervosa. You need to be been recovered from Anorexia Nervosa for at least 5 years and you must be 18 years of age or older.

How to participate:

If you are interested in being involved in this study and you would like more information then please contact Lucie or Sarah who will discuss it with you further and answer any questions you may have. You can contact Lucie Ramjan on 02 9685 9032 or email Lucie or Sarah at instillinghopebrighterfuture@gmail.com

6. Human Research Ethics Approval Number

This study has been approved by the University of Western Sydney Human Ethics Committee. The approval number is H10851.

7. Opening and closing date for recruitment

Recruitment runs from January 1 2014 to February 28 2015.