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Lived Experience Advisory Board

The Lived Experience Advisory Board are a group of community members from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who provide advice and feedback regarding Size Inclusive Health Australia’s activities, plans and policies. The Lived Experience Advisory Board members are paid for their contributions.

We would like to acknowledge the past work and contribution of previous Lived Experience Advisory Board members Dr Jenny Lee, Elissa Jenkins, and Dave Peters.

Ruth Leach

Ruth brings to Size Inclusive Health Australia five years’ experience of advocacy and peer support for individuals and families experiencing recovery from eating disorders. She administers the forums 'Eating Disorder Parents Support'  and 'The Metamorphosis Chronicles', and is a regular contributor to 'International Eating Disorder Parent Support', 'HAES® Therapists and Nutritionists' and 'Health at Every Size®'. Her work, in person and online, both offers support and disseminates research for a general readership concerned with disordered eating, weight stigma, and health at every size®. She is a fat-positive activist. She has previously served as a peer educator for the Queensland Council on the Aged (Cota Qld). From 2001-2006 she directed the New Options for Women program at the Wellington Institute of Technology (NZ).

Edith Hopper

Sam Ikin

Sam Ikin is a broadcaster, journalist and writer with more than 20 years of experience working in radio and television around Australia and the host of the award-winning Butterfly: Let's Talk podcast which he creates in partnership with Butterfly Foundaton. For two decades, he produced radio and TV shows and produced, presented and reported news for some of the country’s most respected networks. But today, there’s no need to be attached to a big network. In 2019, he launched Ikin Media, a broadcasting business, utilising my decades of experience for the modern digital world. Sam has a lived experience of eating disorders and body image issues and is a passionate advocate for change in the way our society values body size and shape. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Size Inclusive Health Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters, where we live, work and play.  We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We commit to ongoing learning and growth as we become an inclusive and diverse community.

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Size Inclusive Health Australia is a trading name of HAES Australia Inc, an Incorporated Association registered with the Queensland Office of Fair Trading, IA41314. HAES Australia Inc is a Registered Australian Body with ASIC, ARBN: 670 003 764

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