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Special Interest Groups

ANZAED is keen to support all groups within it who work to understand, prevent or treat eating disorders.

ANZAED has a number of Special Interest groups that have a shared specific interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge or learning. Members cooperate to affect or to produce solutions within their particular field, and may communicate, meet and share this with the larger organisation.

ANZAED also periodically hosts meetings at conferences of groups, including dietitians, nurses, GPs and early careers researchers.

The membership of this group includes any financial member of ANZAED who has a particular interest in the treatment and recovery of children and youth with eating disorders. The Group will meet up to 3 times a year via video-conferencing and once a year at the annual ANZAED conference..

The Group aims to provide a forum for:

  • Information sharing and dissemination
  • Identifying and discussing common points of interest
  • Networking
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Collaboration

​Acting chairs: Martin Pradel, Kellie Lavender, Tania Withington and Colleen Alford

​Contact persons:
Colleen Alford – Colleen.alford@health.nsw.gov.au
Kellie Lavender – kelliel@nzedc.co.nz

If you are interested in joining this committee, please fill in the form and the chair/s will contact you shortly:

Join Child & Adolescent Treatment SIG!

PURPOSES

  • Network regarding clinical matters: Sharing wisdom, challenges, what works etc…what models people use, up skilling clients, common issues and strategies.
  • Collaboration and support with research and evaluation:  Focussing on clinical AND research matters

Contact person: Claire Gardiner Claire.Gardiner@health.qld.gov.au

If you are interested in joining this committee, please fill in the form and the chair/s will contact you shortly:

Join Day Programs Interest Group!

The membership of this group includes any financial member of ANZAED who identifies as an early career researcher, including undergraduate or postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers or any other individual interested in research into eating disorders or related topics.

The Group aims to:

  • To provide support and guidance for new researchers working in the field of eating disorders and body image to establish a successful research career.
  • To provide a way for early career researchers to connect, disseminate information, discuss points of interest, and network.
  • To foster collaborations between early career researchers working in the field of eating disorders.
  • To establish mentoring relationships between senior academics and early career researchers within ANZAED.

Co-Chairs & contact persons:
Jasmine Fardouly – jasmine.fardouly@mq.edu.au
Sarah Barakat – sbar1821@uni.sydney.edu.au

If you identify as an early career researcher we encourage you to get involved by entering your details in the link below:

Join Early Career Researcher SIG!

The membership of the NGO SIG are ANZAED members who are involved with or interested in ED NGO’s.

PURPOSES

  • To enhance communication between ED NGOs
  • To promote the value of NGOs in the eating disorders service system within ANZAED
  • To provide support for ED NGO activities.

Chair and contact persons: Cath Doyle coordinator@eda.org.au & Mel Marks melissa@eda.org.au

If you are interested in joining this committee, please fill in the form and the chair/s will contact you shortly:

Join Non Government Organisation SIG!

We would like to invite nurses to

  • Connect and collaborate with other nurses working in the eating disorder field or who have an interest in eating disorders?
  • Be part of a group from which advocacy and education can occur

The Nurses Special Interest Group will aim to meet the needs of new and experienced practitioners in the mental health or medical field that work with children, adolescents and adults affected by an eating disorder.

If you are interested in being part of this group please contact one of the below Acting Co-chairs:

Michelle Caughey – Michelle.Caughey@monashhealth.org

Jocelyn Culpitt – Jocelyn.Culpitt@health.qld.gov.au

Laura Darden

If you are a member of ANZAED and are interested in joining this Special Interest Group, please fill in the form and the chair/s will contact you shortly:

Join Nurse SIG

The Neuroscience Special Interest Group (SIG) is open to all ANZAED members who have an interest in neuroscience and related disciplines including, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging.

The SIG aims to provide a forum for:

  • Information sharing and dissemination
  • Training opportunities
  • Networking and collaboration between neuroscience-researchers within the ANZED

Co-Chairs & contact persons:
Dr Trevor Steward – trevor.steward@unimelb.edu.au
Dr Andrea Phillipou – andreaphillipou@swin.edu.au

If you are interested in becoming a member of this initiative, please use the following link to complete a short registration form:

Join Neuroscience SIG!

The Lived Experience Workforce SIG seeks:

  1. To provide a way for lived experience representatives, workers (peer workforce, lived experience leaders, etc) and health practitioners to connect, disseminate information, discuss points of interest, and network;
  2. To support lived experience representative and workforce issues, opportunities and development; and
  3. To act as a recognised and accountable platform from which advocacy, education, and collaboration can occur.

The  Lived Experience Workforce SIG welcomes:

  • individuals with a lived experience of recovery from an eating disorder whom hold representative and/or lived experience workforce roles;
  • individuals who have been a carer of someone with an eating disorder whom hold representative and/or lived experience workforce roles;
  • health practitioners who have a lived experience of recovery from an eating disorder;
  • health practitioners who have a lived experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder; and
  • health practitioners, health service managers and health service administrators wishing to support the development of the lived experience workforce within their organisations, services or programs.

The Lived Experience Workforce SIG meets annually at the Annual ANZAED Conference and bi-monthly throughout the year via videoconference facilities. The Lived Experience Workforce SIG also utilises webinars to address topics of interest for ANZAED members.

Interim Co-Chairs:
Tanya Kretschmann tmkretschmann@gmail.com, Lived Experience Consultant – LEW SIG Acting Co-Chair
Megan Bray, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Food Mind Body – LEW SIG Acting Co-Chair

If you are interested in joining this committee, please fill in the form and the chair will contact you shortly:

Join Lived Experience SIG!

The membership of the ANZAED Occupational Therapy Special Interest Group {SIG} is made up of New Zealand and Australian Registered Occupational Therapists who are current financial members of ANZAED. We also have email links with non-ANZAED members.

PURPOSE:

  • to explore and develop the role of Occupational Therapists working in the field of eating disorders
  • to participate and support Occupational Therapy eating disorder research
  • to foster collaboration between Occupational Therapists working in the field of eating disorders
  • to advocate for an Occupational perspective within the treatment and recovery from eating disorders

We meet approximately bimonthly via Zoom, and annually at the ANZAED conference, in order to build relationships across the Tasman and build a sense of professional identity within the eating disorders professional community. We also provide webinars for members on Occupational Therapy related topics.

Chairperson: Maree Sievwright (NZ) marees@nzedc.co.nz

If you are interested in joining this committee, please fill in the form and the chair will contact you shortly:

Join Occupational Therapy SIG!

Any ANZAED member who has a interest in the assessment and treatment of individuals with eating disorders who present in a private practice setting, an join this SIG.

The Group aims to provide a forum for:

  • Information sharing and dissemination
  • Identifying and discussing common points of interest
  • Networking
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Collaboration

Acting Chairs: Ariana Elias, Janet Lowndes, Amy Talbot, Jodie Sheraton
Contact: Ariana Elias- ariana@raisingbodyconfidentkids.com.au

If you are interested in joining this committee, please fill in the form and the chair/s will contact you shortly:

Join Private Practitioners SIG!

The membership of this group is available to any ANZAED member who has an interest in Rural and Regional areas. The Rural and Remote SIG will meet annually at the ANZAED conference as well as throughout the year utilising webinars, teleconferencing and a listserv to aid communication outside of these meetings. The aims of the group include

    • ​to connect, support, discuss & raise the profile of the unique challenges associated with working in a Rural and Remote locations
    • to offer opportunities for further education & advocacy
    • provide a space for collaboration for members & a support network

Acting chairs are Deanne Harris and Haylee Adamson.
Please contact Haylee Adamson at haylee.adamson@awh.org.au

Join Rural & Regional SIG!

The WS & SJ SIG is open to all members who have an interest in understanding the role and effects of weight stigma in the realm of eating disorders and their treatment.  Underpinning the concept of weight stigma is the broader issue of social justice, which advocates for diversity, acceptance and open access to services, treatment and support for ALL people in ALL bodies.

This SIG will be seeking to build on the “courageous conversations” that were started at the 2018 ANZAED Conference in Melbourne, where we heard from lived experience, alongside the work of health professionals, that eating disorders can and do occur in ALL bodies and that we all need to work to dismantle the effects of weight stigma and bias, to allow anyone who is struggling with eating disorders, body image, or eating concerns, to get proper care without fear of judgement or discrimination.

This SIG was initially titled ‘Health at Every Size’, however, our international colleagues at the AED changed the name of their HAES SIG to ‘Weight Stigma and Social Justice’, to reflect the underlying discourse of the HAES approach.  Thus, we decided to align with them in the push to further our understanding of these concepts.

The aim of this Group is to:

  • Provide a supportive forum for further learning and shared experience in working from a non-diet, HAES, intuitive eating approach to eating disorders and body image concerns.
  • Provide learning opportunities in the form of webinars and/or meetings 3-4 times a year on suitable topics related to weight stigma and social justice.
  • Allow for lived experience, alongside professional research and experience in the field to inform us and open up discussion, respectful debate and collaboration on topics and issues that arise regularly in the realm of eating disorders.
  • Explore and work to remove the barriers, obstacles and pitfalls that make equal access to eating disorder treatment and care difficult for some people and groups.
  • Build a network of people who share these interests.

Acting Chairs and Contact persons 2019:
Dr. Annette Ostermeyer: annette.ostermeyer@bigpond.com
Fiona Sutherland: fiona@bodypositiveaustralia.com.au

If you are interested in joining this committee, please fill in the form and the chair/s will contact you shortly:

Join Weight Stigma and Social Justice SIG!