2023 ANZAED Autumn Workshop Series
Theme: Connecting by the Bay: Mind, Body and Systemic Approaches to Eating Disorders Care

The 2023 AWS will be held on Friday 31 March & Saturday 1 April 2023 at the Novotel Geelong Hotel, Victoria. This will be a fully in-person event.

 The welcome reception will take place on Friday 31 March from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. Venue to be confirmed.

We are excited to provide an opportunity to connect with each other, and explore new ideas at the 2023 Autumn Workshop Series in Geelong – Connecting by the Bay: Mind, Body & Systemic Approaches to Eating Disorder Care.

The program for this event will be announced soon.

Keynote Address: Yoga: A practice for enhancing body appreciation and a positive sense of embodiment

This presentation will address the question: What can the practice of yoga offer in terms improving body image and potentially reducing eating disorders? In this presentation, Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer will discuss the importance of eating, activity and weight related health and will describe shared risk and protective factors for both excessive weight gain and the disordered eating behaviors. She will describe the different components of yoga and share her own personal and professional yoga journey. Dr. Neumark-Sztainer will discuss the potential role of yoga in addressing the broad spectrum of eating, activity, and weight-related health. She will share research findings suggesting the potential for yoga to enhance body image and a positive sense of embodiment. You’ll learn how to integrate strategies for improving body image into your own yoga practice and/or your work with students/clients. Come away with a renewed understanding of how this practice can help people feel more at home in their bodies.

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, RYT-500 is a McKnight Presidential and Mayo Professor and serves as the Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. She runs a large research program, including being the Principal Investigator on the Project EAT (Eating and Activity over Time) body of longitudinal research. She has published approximately nearly 600 scientific papers and has given many presentations on the broad spectrum of eating, activity, and weight-related health, including eating disorders, dietary intake, physical activity, body image, and weight status. Dr. Neumark-Sztainer has a great interest in exploring the potential for yoga to help in improving body image and reducing eating disorders. She has taught yoga within an eating disorders treatment center and conducts research on the connection between yoga and various aspects of eating, activity, and weight-related health.

2023 AWS Co-convenors:

Hollie Laver is the manager of the Barwon Health Eating Disorder Service and a registered psychologist. Hollie has specialised in eating disorders for over 12 years and has extensive experience working in regional public mental health services. Hollie is passionate about improving care and treatment pathways for young people and their families with eating disorders in the Barwon region and enjoys supporting her colleagues to do this.

Jess Ryan is a Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist. Jess is employed at the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) as a Team Leader, and is the Associate Director at Nourish. Nurture, Thrive, a specialist eating disorder & body image private practice. Alongside her clinical work, Jess is passionate about inspiring the eating disorder workforce by supporting access high quality information and research to increase understanding, treatment and prevention of eating disorders, and ultimately provide better access and outcomes for those experiencing eating disorders.

Novotel Geelong, Victoria
10-14 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong, Victoria 3220

Boasting one of the best locations in Geelong, right on the waterfront and in the heart of the CBD, Novotel Geelong is the region’s premier hotel. This hotel is close to popular attractions and shopping and all just 20 minutes from Avalon Airport and 60 minutes from Melbourne CBD.