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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 ANZED who has interest in the assessment and treatment of individuals with eating disorders who present in a private practice setting.

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 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.

If you identify as an early career researcher we encourage you to get involved by entering your details in the link below:
https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e2KF7UEvxxytP0x

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

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!

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!

The membership of the ANZAED Occupational Therapy Special Interest Group {SIG} is made up of AHPRA Registered Occupational Therapists who are current financial members of ANZAED.

PURPOSES

  • for Occupational Therapists with a special interest in eating disorders to share their knowledge and skills in the role of Occupational Therapy in treatment of eating disorders
  • to increase the contribution of Occupational Therapy in the field of eating disorders
  • to advance members’ own learning
  • to communicate this awareness and knowledge about the unique role of Occupational Therapy to the ANZAED community and the field of eating disorders as a whole.

Chair and contact person:​ Marree Clarke mareehelenclark@gmail.com

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

Join Occupational Therapy 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!

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!

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