President: Gabriella Heruc
Dr Gabriella Heruc is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, with a background in psychology. She has worked in mental health for almost 20 years and specialises in the nutritional management of eating disorders in private practice as well as at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Eating Disorders Intensive Program for Adolescents (EDIPA). She also has a passion for research and completed a PhD at The University of Adelaide, Discipline of Medicine examining gastrointestinal function and appetite regulation in anorexia nervosa.
Gabbi has a strong interest in improving education and professional development opportunities for health professionals working in the eating disorders field, and has previously lectured dietetic and exercise physiology students on mental health and eating disorders at The University of South Australia. She represented South Australia on the former Professional Development in Eating Disorders Committee Australia & New Zealand, and was on the steering committee for the development of the SA Statewide Eating Disorders Services. She is also a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Gabbi is a past convenor of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA) Eating Disorders Interest Group, and she coordinated the development of DAA’s role statement for eating disorder dietitians, as well as their guidelines for receiving clinical supervision and mentoring in the eating disorders field. During her last 8 years on the ANZAED Executive, she convened the 2012 Adelaide Conference, established the now annual Autumn Workshop Series, has held roles as Treasurer and President-Elect, and through chairing the Professional Development: Strategy, Advocacy and Partnerships Committee, helped to set up the ANZAED Training Reference Group, allowing for communication and collaboration between the organisations and regions of NZ and Australia that provide professional development to the eating disorders field.
President Elect: Kim Hurst
Dr Kim Hurst is a Senior Psychologist and is the Clinical Lead in Robina Private Hospital’s Eating Disorders Day Program for Adolescents and Young Adults, she also is in Private Practice. Prior to this Kim was a founding member of the Gold Coast Child & Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), Eating Disorder Program (EDP).
Kim has been delivering Maudsley Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced (CBT-e) for over ten years and is a credentialed FBT therapist who provides training, supervision and consultation to clinicians across Queensland.
Kim has worked across a range of eating disorder treatment settings including psychiatric and medical inpatient units and outpatient services. She has developed specialist eating disorder clinical policies and is focused on service improvement strategies to enhance treatment delivery. Kim is also passionate about early intervention programs and has delivered workshops to school children, guidance officers and teachers on positive body image.
Kim was previously the Treasurer on the ANZAED Executive Committee and was a member of the Queensland State-Wide Eating Disorders Advisory Group. She has coordinated a national eating disorder conference and smaller workshop events. Kim has a solid record of presenting at local, national and international eating disorder conferences and has several published works within the field.
Secretary: Siãn McLean
Siãn McLean, PhD, is a Lecturer in Psychology at Victoria University and an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University, based in Melbourne, Australia. Siãn is a research psychologist whose work examines body image, with a particular focus on social media and the preventive role of media literacy, stigma in eating disorders and effects on treatment seeking, and impact of weight bias on psychological health and health care behaviours.
Siãn has board experience in a number of different roles. She is currently a Director (President) of a small not-for-profit Cooperative and also a Director of recently established charity, The Pretty Foundation. The vision and mission of The Pretty Foundation is to empower women and girls to feel confident in their bodies. Siãn’s role is to provide expert input regarding body image for content and campaigns for parents in relation to their young children.
Treasurer: Shane Jeffrey
Shane is a dietitian with 25 years experience. During this time he has worked almost exclusively in eating disorders and the broader area of eating, weight and body image concerns, where he has experience in providing treatment and services across the private and public sectors to children, adolescents and adults in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Shane is currently the founder, clinical director, and senior dietitian at FMB Wellbeing – Food Mind Body, a private practice providing dedicated services in the area of eating, weight and body image concerns, with a primary focus on eating disorders and a non diet approach to weight management. Shane’s leadership as a dietitian has seen him chair local, national, and international committees, teach undergraduate and postgraduate students across four universities, and present at conferences both nationally and internationally. Shane has an interest in service evaluation and research, with his activity in this area leading to the development of state-wide service initiatives, numerous conference presentations and university collaborations. While Shane values his academic and professional learnings, he acknowledges that his richest learnings have come through the people and families he has worked with over the years, and for this reason, Shane is a strong advocate and supporter of the lived experience finding its way into eating disorder treatment models.
Past President: Beth Shelton
Dr. Beth Shelton is a psychologist, consultant and educator in the areas of eating disorders and body image. She is senior clinician at Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED), providing complex case consultation, training and service development to the Victorian mental health system. Beth has a private practice, working primarily with people with eating disorders. She developed and led an innovative community early intervention program at Monash Link Community Health Service and was senior clinician/coordinator of the adult outpatient team of Monash Health’s eating disorder treatment service. Currently Beth is developing and researching an eating disorder treatment service model for primary health contexts.
Beth also has a distinguished professional history as a contemporary dance artist, and is interested in the role of movement and body experience in evidence-based interventions for disordered eating and body dissatisfaction. Beth is president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.
Committee Member: Anthea Fursland
Anthea was for many years Director of the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) and is now Director of the WA Eating Disorders Outreach & Consultation Service (WAEDOCS). She has worked for more than 35 years in eating disorders, with previous experience in the UK and the US.
Anthea is involved in applied clinical research, service development, supervision, consultation and training (of GPs, mental health practitioners and carers). She has trained and supervised clinicians throughout Australia in CBT-E, has co-authored several peer-reviewed papers and created a web-based self-help resource: https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself/Disordered-Eating
Anthea is Past-President of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, on the Steering Committee of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration and a Fellow of the international Academy of Eating Disorders. In 2016 she received the ANZAED Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2019 she received the AED Outstanding Clinician Award.
Committee Member: Deb Mitchison
Dr Deb Mitchison would bring to ANZAED her expertise as both a Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist. An ANZAED member since 2009, she has worked in both the public and private health sectors, on randomised controlled treatment trials for anorexia nervosa, and as a university lecturer and research fellow.
In her research, Dr Mitchison seeks to uncover the nature of disordered eating in sectors of the community who do not meet the historical stereotype (e.g., males, older, obese people) and bridge treatment gaps for these individuals. She has 29 publications, presents her work at national and international forums, serves on the Scientific Review Committee of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorder Steering Committee of the Western Sydney Local Health District. She has recently been accepted as a member into the Eating Disorder Research Society. Her current project is investigating risk factors for eating disorders in 10,000 adolescents.
Committee Member: Fiona Sutherland
Fiona is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist and Director of Body Positive Australia and The Mindful Dietitian. Fiona has been active in the Eating Disorder treatment space for over 15 years in the private sector, primarily offering group-based and individual Nutrition Therapy for clients with Binge Eating Disorder and chronic dieting presentations.
Fiona is also a Sports Dietitian, currently Nutrition Consultant at The Australian Ballet School & Racing Victoria’s Jockey Apprenticeship Program. Fiona is active in the education and training space, with fellow Dietitians and students specifically in the integration of the Non Diet Approach to Dietetic treatment. She is a guest lecturer in the Masters Dietetics programs at Deakin University and Monash University in the areas of eating behaviour, body image, Non Diet Approach and Counselling Skills.
Committee Member: Kiera Buchanan
Dr. Kiera Buchanan is a Clinical and Health Psychologist as well as the Founding Director of Centre for Integrative Health; a multidisciplinary clinic devoted to eating and weight concerns. Kiera is particularly passionate about addressing the gaps in service delivery whilst also reducing the demand on public and tertiary services. Kiera has worked to meet this goal at Centre for Integrative Health by establishing a private practice clinic that upholds high standards of evidenced-based care for individuals with an eating disorder in the less restrictive community setting. Kiera’s involvement in Brisbane- and Queensland-based networks is primarily focused on increased collaboration between services to improve client outcomes through (1) establishing clearer referral pathways from primary care (2) disseminating referral information to consumers and (3) enhance step up/step down transitions.
Kiera’s research and clinical practice focus on eating behavior and weight concerns, both at a clinical and sub-clinical level. Her doctoral research, titled ‘Why Do Diets Fail?’ stemmed from Kiera’s interest in developing and facilitating interventions for overweight and obese populations. These interventions support individuals through shifting the focus away from dieting, reducing weight/shape preoccupation, and increasing engagement in compassionate (not critical) physical and emotional health behaviours. Kiera has published papers and delivered workshops as well as conference presentations on the topics of dieting, self-compassion, and eating/weight concerns. In the future, Kiera hopes to utilise her experience and knowledge of the shared space of Obesity and Eating Disorders to develop prevention and intervention campaigns that reduce stigma and promote balanced lifestyle factors for all.
Committee Member: Linsey Atkins
Linsey Atkins, DPsych is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and Director of Hope Family Clinic, a Melbourne based centre that provides individual and family based treatment for adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Dr Atkins has been the Coordinator of the Eating Disorder Program at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, worked as the lead therapist on an RCT comparing PFT and FBT for AN, the Team Leader of the Butterfly Day Group Program for adolescents and adults as well as Coordinator of the outpatient eating disorders program at Monash Health.
Dr Atkins is a faculty member with the Institute of Training in Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders and has trained with the Maudsley Hospital, London and other specialised adolescent services in the USA. Linsey has published several articles on adolescent eating disorders and provides clinical supervision and consultation. Dr Atkins has a special interest in supporting professional development activities.
Committee Member: Dr Marion Roberts
Dr Marion Roberts is a Clinical Psychologist who began specialising in the field of eating disorders in 2005. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry Eating Disorders Unit at the Maudsley Hospital (King’s College London). Marion is the Director & Principal Clinical Psychologist at Nurture Psychology in Auckland New Zealand, a specialist private practice offering evidence-based treatment of eating disorders. In her academic role, Marion is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, and an honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago.
While Marion’s research agenda is varied within the eating disorders field, stemming from her doctoral research she has particular expertise in neurocognitive functioning in eating disorders and the clinical application of these findings (Cognitive Remediation Therapy/CRT). She is also involved in projects furthering our understanding of early intervention, treatment feasibility, carer experience, and is a member of the international Eating Disorders Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. In addition to ANZAED involvement, Marion is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Research Society.
Committee Member: Dr Randall Long
Randall is a Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer at Flinders University in Adelaide. He is the Head of Unit of the Statewide Eating Disorder Service in South Australia. He leads a multidisciplinary team to provide care to patients with Eating Disorders. He is the Head of Unit of the Flinders Medical Centre Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service. He works with his multidisciplinary colleagues to provide specialist care for people with eating disorders at imminent risk of death and injury.
He is a Senior Psychiatrist at the Flinders Neurostimulation Service and the Adelaide Deep Brain Stimulation Service where he uses brain stimulation to treat psychiatric and movement disorders. He lectures at the Flinders University Medical School and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists on psychosomatic aspects of physical illness, eating disorder recovery and the assessment and care of suicidal people.
Randall’s clinical interests are in the psychiatric management of physical illness, psychotherapy for people with eating disorders, body image disorders, psychoplastics, psychodermatology, renal psychiatry, transplant psychiatry and movement disorder psychiatry. He leads the Statewide Eating Disorder Service Research team and collaborates with internationally renowned researchers in the field. His research interests include the evidence based management of medical complications of eating disorders and further understanding the treatments that help patients recover and lead healthy lives. He has contributed clinical leadership to develop South Australia’s new model of care for people with Eating Disorders.
Committee Member: Scott Griffiths
Scott is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. he lead a grant-funded (2017-2020) research team investigating male body image and eating disorders and related issues, including stigma and gender roles. He is an advocate for early career researchers in eating disorders, including post-PhD grant funding opportunities, and engagement with external traditional and non-traditional media (e.g., social media).
Committee Member: Susan Hart
Susan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian working as the Eating Disorder Coordinator for St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney. She has an established work history in eating disorders working in the inpatient, outpatient and day patient setting, and across public and private hospitals. She first worked in eating disorders at St Ann’s Hospital London (1997-1999), then Northside Clinic (2001 – 2008), and then as Manager of the Day Program at RPA (2008- 2017).
Susan is committed to translating research into day-to-day practice; evaluating current treatments, and facilitating access to appropriate and evidence-based treatment options. She completed my PhD in 2011 titled “Evidence Base underlying the Nutrition and Dietetic Management of Eating Disorders”, has published over 15 research articles on eating disorders and designed the Eating Disorder Healthy Eating Guide, that translates nutrition research into an education package for clinicians, and patients with eating disorders to meet their nutritional needs.