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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find general information about the practice standards?

Do the new practice standards supersede the NEDC core competencies?

No. The NEDC core competencies are designed to help all individuals, services and systems to successfully respond to eating disorders. They are aimed broadly at early identifiers, initial responders, shared care treatment providers, eating disorder treatment providers and recovery support.

The new ANZAED treatment principles and general, dietetic-specific and mental health-specific clinical practice and training standards are designed to follow after the NEDC core competencies, and are specifically aimed at eating disorder clinical treatment providers.

Do treatment providers need to be specially registered or trained to provide eating disorder treatment?

All clinicians treating eating disorders are expected to be knowledgeable and experienced in assessment and management of eating disorders. Please review the practice standards for dietitians and mental health professionals.

How do I know that a clinician is competent in providing eating disorder treatment?

Eating disorder services should be provided by qualified and eligible practitioners with the knowledge, skills and experience in providing treatment to patients with eating disorders and meet the new ANZAED practice standards for the treatment and management of eating disorders.

These are mandated competency requirements for clinicians providing eating disorder treatment. Individuals and referring clinicians can ask for a clinician to detail their experience working in the area before referring or working with them.

Butterfly Foundation has Australia’s only national eating disorder practitioner and service referral database that screens professionals for an understanding of eating disorders. You can contact them on 1800 33 46 73 or support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au.

There are also a number of other organisations that have online databases of professionals who have indicated an interest in working in the area of Eating Disorders.

These organisations include:

For a more comprehensive list of eating disorder services and support, visit the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC).