By Professor Sue Byrne, University of Western Australia, School of Psychology
Prof. Jeff Hamdorf, Bariatric Surgeon; University of Western Australia, School of Surgery
Carol Rolston, Clinical Psychologist, Western Surgical Health
Wednesday 4 November, 2015
This webinar will focus on an area that is currently under-researched in our field; namely, the issue of disordered eating in bariatric surgery patients. Bariatric surgery for obesity has been becoming increasingly common over the last 15 years. However, until recently little was known about eating disorders in this group of patients.
Most of the research to date has focused on investigating the presence of disordered eating, particularly binge eating or “loss of control” eating, in patients presenting for surgery and the effect of this disordered eating on surgery outcome. More recently, case reports have begun to emerge of individuals who develop an eating disorder post surgery. Little is known about when, or how, to address these issues.
The webinar will involve three experts in this field. Associate Professor Sue Byrne, Clinical Psychologist, will start by introducing the topic and will offer some background comments. Following this, Professor Jeff Hamdorf, surgeon, will discuss preparation for surgery and introduce some surgical techniques. Finally, Carol Rolston, Clinical Psychologist, who works with Professor Hamdorf and exclusively with bariatric surgery patients, will discuss some of the common eating disorder symptoms that are seen both prior to and after surgery and will present some relevant case studies. There will then be time for questions and discussion.
Dr Susan Byrne, Associate Professor, UWA School of Psychology
Sue is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, School of Psychology.
She has an M.Psych (clinical) and a PhD from UWA and a D.Phil from Oxford University. Dr Byrne’s interests lie in the field of eating and weight disorders. She leads research projects which aim to identify causal pathways to eating disorders and obesity, and to test new treatments for these disorders.
She is currently chief investigator of a NHMRC-funded multi-centre randomised controlled trial that is testing new treatments for anorexia nervosa in adults.
At UWA, Dr Byrne’s team provides evidence-based psychological treatment for eating and weight disorders in children, adolescents and adults.
Dr Jeffrey M. Hamdorf, Professor, Surgical Education.
Jeff is a General, Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon in Perth. He has been the facilitator/director of the Western Trauma Course, Early Management of Severe Trauma, Teaching on the Run, Surgical Preceptorships and has facilitated many courses through the Clinical Teaching and Evaluation Centre (CTEC) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
His clinical interests are in upper GI surgery including bariatric surgery for the management of morbid obesity as well as maintaining interests in other areas of upper GI surgery, and general surgery. He has established a team with a strong multidisciplinary approach to the care of morbidly obese patients. He is a member of Board of Management of the Obesity Surgical Society of Australian and New Zealand (OSSANZ).
He has many contemporary research and training interests nationally and internationally. He has delivered many national and international presentations and published articles especially in the surgical literature on education. He is the Head of the School of Surgery, and was the inaugural Professor of Medical Education, UWA and is Director of CTEC.
Carol Rolston, Clinical Psychologist
Carol has spent the last decade of her career specializing in the provision of psychological therapies to help overweight and obese adults lose weight, and maintain their weight losses, focussing on the care and support of bariatric surgery patients, helping them achieve the behavioural, psychological and lifestyle changes necessary to ensure the best possible weight loss and quality of life outcomes from surgery.
Carol holds degrees from Curtin University & the University of Western Australia and has a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ), the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) and APS Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body Image Interest Group. Carol also provides treatment for a broad range of psychological issues including mood, anxiety and eating disorders, and psychological difficulties secondary to medical conditions.