Auto-Immune Diseases

Are you living with an Auto-Immune Disease such as Fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohns disease, lupus erythematosus (lupus), multiple sclerosis (MS), type 1 diabetes, psoriatic arthritis, Addisons, Graves, irritable bowel disease (IBS), chronic fatigue (ME or CFS), Sjogrens, celiac and Hashimotos? A journey of recovery is possible.

What is an auto-immune disease?

  • Our immune system protects us from invading microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi by producing antibodies or white blood cells to kill these ‘invaders’ and dispatch them. This applies to a healthy functioning of the immune system and, in healthy people, the immune system never turns against its host – us!
  • However, in some people, their immune system becomes sensitised to cells from their own body and this can lead to an auto-immune disease.
  • Instead of protecting the body from invading microorganisms, the immune system turns on the body’s own healthy cells. This may involve the immune system attacking joints, the skin, the pancreas or a combination of these or some other part of our bodies, depending on the kind of auto-immune disease we have.
  • Given there are over 100 auto-immune diseases and the number of people suffering with these challenging diseases is increasing every year, people are looking for holistic solutions.
  • These illnesses are often difficult to diagnose as symptoms can be quite diverse. Regardless of the kind of auto-immune disease you have, you’ve probably found it debilitating, possibly painful and it has likely severely impinged on your activities and your quality of life.

Factors contributing to a positive healing outcome

These factors can have a profound and positive impact on your physical and mental health:

  • Addressing the underlying inflammatory processes behind the symptoms
  • Improving your ability to deal effectively with stress
  • Addressing physical as well as the emotional distress and frustration that inevitably accompany a chronic illness.
  • Improving nutrition, exercise and sleep levels along with other healthy lifestyle practices
  • Managing the emotional rollercoaster of exhaustion, frustration and isolation

By addressing these areas people can begin or continue their journey of recovery.

Immediate help

  • Speak with your GP or other trusted and qualified health professional.
  • For crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

Online courses: Befriending Anxiety, Beyond Burnout and Healing Sleep

Our Self-Paced On-Demand Online CoursesBefriending Anxiety; Beyond Burnout and Healing Sleep – are delivered over 4 video modules and provide practical, positive and easy-to-follow guidance and advice. They encourage and help you to identify and implement strategies to build your resilience, and to incorporate these into your own personal plan for each course.

Befriending Anxiety, Beyond Burnout and Healing Sleep courses cost $99 each (or $250 for all 3) and include:

  • 4 self-paced Video Modules
  • Integrated workbook with reflective questions
  • Personal Plan template and guide
  • Additional resources – research and links
  • Downloadable meditation MP3s

Chemical-free environment

At Quest we recognise that many people with Auto-Immune Diseases also have chemical sensitivities. No chemicals are used in the grounds or buildings at Quest to ensure a safe and healthy environment for people with life-threatening or chronic illnesses.

So, if you are struggling with an Auto-Immune Disease including Fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohns disease, lupus erythematosus (lupus), multiple sclerosis (MS), type 1 diabetes, psoriatic arthritis, Addisons, Graves, irritable bowel disease (IBS), chronic fatigue (ME or CFS), Sjogrens, celiac and Hashimotos, WE CAN HELP. 

At our Quest for Life residential program you’ll be nourished, educated and supported to adopt a healthy lifestyle which creates an environment for profound healing.

Connect with Quest

If you’re on Facebook, you can connect with Quest from the comfort of your own home in a variety of ways including through online group participation or by watching our weekly wellbeing livestreams.

Join the Petrea King Meditation Group to join and hear from Quest Founder and CEO Petrea King most Monday nights from 7.30pm-8pm.

@Home with Quest is our free wellbeing livestream each Wednesday at 11am on Facebook LIVE. Join the stream to hear from an experienced Quest facilitator who will explore techniques to manage anxiety and fear, strategies for self-care, deep relaxation, and the things we can all do to help ourselves and others.

Quest Connect is our monthly wellness livestream hosted on the first Sunday of each month on Facebook LIVE from 2-3pm. Join the stream to take a deep dive with a Quest facilitator into a topic around easing anxiety and restoring resilience.

Auto-immune resources

  • Wellbeing books Including Your Life Matters – a guidebook for life and Food for Life by Petrea King.
  • Meditation CDs including Be Calm, Sleep, Learning to Meditate

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How Quest for Life can help

It takes strength and resilience to work through anxiety, and Quest for Life can help through our residential programs, online courses, and workplace workshops.

  • Our Befriending Anxiety, Beyond Burnout and Healing Sleep online courses provide practical, evidence-based tools and strategies to reduce your symptoms and live a more calm and peaceful life. Quest is an NDIS Provider. Generous grants and subsidies available.
  • Our 5-day residential Quest for Life program will teach you about the role of intuition in healing, taking charge of your thoughts and feelings, practical strategies to manage aspects of your condition as well as dietary guidelines and meditation.
  • Our Workplace Health & Wellbeing Program delivers research-based holistic health and wellbeing approaches that equip staff and managers with tools required to operate in today’s dynamic and stressful environment.

Quest for Life knows how to help. Our internal research results show that participants feel better after attending our programs and that this improvement increases over time. On our programs, you’ll be nourished, educated and supported to create an environment for profound healing.

If you are living with an Auto-immune Disease, please reach out to us via the Contact Form below to start a conversation with one of our Program Advisors, who can answer your questions or find the most appropriate program for your needs.

“The Quest for Life program was exactly what I needed – exactly when I needed it.  Leaving feeling renewed, refreshed, with greater hope, confidence and excitement for the future with wonderful and practical tools.”

– Tim

Funding Options for Residential Programs


Quest subsidises all privately or self-funded places to ensure the cost of our programs remains affordable to individuals. This allows us to reduce the fee from $4,400 to $2,800.

$2,200 Shared room (Early bird* $2,100 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2,800 Single room (Early bird* $2,700 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Fees effective 1 July 2023.

Subsidies and Financial Help

Through generous grants, donations and fundraising, additional subsidies and financial help is available for a range of circumstances and anyone experiencing financial stress will be considered. We review each case individually and we do not means test. All applications are conducted via phone with a friendly member of the Programs intake team.


Quest is a registered NDIS Provider. Residential Programs can be funded through plan-managed and self-managed NDIS plans.


We work with Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) White Card or Gold Card holders to make applications to the DVA Health Approvals Board.

Worker’s Comp Insurance

Residential programs can be covered by workers compensation insurance on a case-by-case basis.

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1300 941 488