Below are research projects that are being undertaken by ANZAED members.  Each projects has ethics permission granted from the appropriate institution

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Mental health nurse capabilities in psychotherapy: An exploratory study

The Southern Cross University would like to invite you to participate in this research project. The aim of the project is to better understand the lived experience of mental health nurses who have qualifications in psychotherapy or counselling.

Research Team: Professor John Hurley; Dr Richard Lakeman; Mr Tom Ryan

Background to the study:

Mental health nurses (MHN) are largely omitted from Medicare funding streams while other disciplines such of occupational therapy and social work are included, alongside psychology and medicine. While we have some understanding of the rates of MHNs practicing psychotherapy and counselling very little is understood about how nurses developed specific capabilities in psychotherapy and/or counselling or indeed how these capabilities have informed their MHN practice. For MHNs to have better access to Medicare funding streams for mental health there is a need to establish what capabilities they possess, how they were developed and how they impact upon MHN practice.

Please see further details on the study and the survey link here.

Researchers at Deakin University are currently recruiting participants for a study evaluating the effectiveness of a smartphone-based stress-reduction intervention for disordered eating Behaviours

What is the study about?
Eating is a common and normal way to soothe, cope with, or distract from stress. However, some people can find that their eating behaviours become unhelpful, distressing, or the only tool they have in their stress-management tool-box. This study provides tools using a smartphone application that supports people to monitor their stress levels and engage in a variety of stress-reduction activities. These activities may help you to reduce your stress levels, ease unhelpful or distressing eating behaviours, and build up a tool-box of different coping methods.

Who can participate?
We are looking for adults (aged 18 years or over) who identify as a woman, own a smartphone, and experience eating behaviours that you feel are distressing or unhelpful. These may include binge eating, eating until uncomfortably full, and feeling a sense of loss of control whilst eating. You may describe your eating as binge eating, emotional eating, mindless eating, stress eating, overeating, or a different descriptor.

What does participation involve?

  1. You’ll be asked to complete a 10 to 20-minute survey at the start and end of the study, and then again one month later. These surveys ask about demographics, your mood, and eating behaviours.
  2. You will be randomised to either the intervention group or the control group.
  3. If you are randomised to the control group, you’ll be asked to monitor your mood and eating behaviours four-times per day for four weeks. After this, you’ll be provided with access to the intervention content.

If you are randomised to the intervention group, you’ll be asked to monitor your stress levels four times per day for four weeks. You’ll also receive unlimited access to stress-reduction activities, which include audio files for breathing exercises, gratitude practices, mindfulness activities, and relaxation exercises.

More information is available here: or please contact A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz at or Jodie Mechielsen at

Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee approval: 2019-015


Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology are seeking participants with a current or past diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, and healthy participants without a diagnosis of an eating disorder to take part in research investigating flexible thinking

Participation will involve an interview, the completion of surveys and a computer-based task at Swinburne University of Technology. Participants will be reimbursed $25 for their participation. This research is looking for females with a current diagnosis of anorexia nervosa to participate.

We are also inviting females who have recovered from anorexia nervosa and healthy females without an eating disorder to participate.

Eligibility criteria*:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Female
  • Fluent in English

*Other eligibility criteria apply

Contact Stephanie Miles via email for further information
Flyer available here

Are you 18-25 and living in Australia? Do you worry about a number on the scale, or feel self-conscious about the shape of your body
Reel2Real is a new online program designed to help people feel better about their bodies and about themselves by giving them the tools to think differently about social media. You’ll use quizzes, storyboards, videos, and other interactive content to help you figure out what healthy social media use looks like for you and how to make it work for you!

Why Reel2Real?Social media is a highlight reel of life, not real life. People often edit their photos and post things to put their best foot forward. You might be aware of this already, and that’s great – but Reel2Real isn’t just about teaching you that people edit their photos, it’s designed to give you the tools you need to use social media in a way that’s helpful for you!

Reel2Real is interactive, and you can take part in a way that suits you. There are quizzes, videos, and challenges in each part of the program that are designed to improve your mood, and the way you see your body.

Reel2Real is confidential, and free to complete. For more information, head to or

*Reel2Real has been developed by members of ANZAED and the AED*​

Recovery and treatment experiences among people with eating disorders

Research Team: Dr Janette Simmonds (Primary researcher/advisor), Capella Meurer (student researcher/PhD candidate), Dr Tristan Snell (associate supervisor)
Institution: Monash University
Ethics approval number: CF16/2161-2016001050 from MUHREC (Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee), Executive Officer, MUHREC, Room 111, Building 3e, Research Office, Monash University VIC 3800
Tel:  03 9905 2052
Date of project commencement: Oct 5, 2016
Date of completion: End of interviews October 2018 (tentatively)
End of research/PhD: April  2020

Description of Project: This research examines the experiences of treatment and recovery among people with eating disorders through qualitative methods. It seeks to understand what has helped them to live in recovery and what has hindered them. The research is aimed at improving treatment outcomes for people with eating disorders by building an understanding of the lived experience of people who have undergone treatment, as their voices are often left out of the treatment analysis.

An online focus group (OFG) has already been conducted with group of seven participants. This next study is built on the data from the OFG. It will be a series of individual interviews commencing June 2018. Data from the OFG has been used to inform the development of the questions that will be asked in the interviews.

Contact Details: Capella Meurer:
Dr Janette Simmonds,9905

The Eating Behaviour Project

Researchers at Griffith University are currently seeking participants for the following study: An Investigation into Eating Behaviour. Participants aged 18 and over are welcome to provide information about their eating behaviours and personality characteristics. Participation will take between 30-45 minutes. 

To preserve your privacy and right to confidentiality, and the privacy of others, we recommend that you send any inquiries directly to the research team:

Aimee Maxwell (B Psych Hons), PhD Candidate Clinical Psychology, School of Applied Psychology

A Critical Analysis of the Current Victorian Models of Service Delivery in Eating Disorders: The Clinicians Perspective

To gain a better understanding of the clinician’s perspective of service delivery for people with eating disorders, researchers at Deakin University want to speak with and interview Victorian public mental health clinicians who have worked with people experiencing eating disorders.


The interview would take approximately 40 minutes and would focus particularly on the following;
·       What resources are needed in order for you to do your job well?
·       What support is available to you? What parts of the service worked well?
·       What areas could be improved?

If you are interested in participating in a one off interview to tell us about your experience of providing services for people with eating disorders in Victoria, please contact Genevieve Pepin for more information.

Genevieve Pepin
Phone: 5227 8462