ANZAED and NEDC credentialing project

Frequently Asked Questions

Current as of August 2021

When will I be able to apply for the credential?
It is planned to start accepting credentialing applications in November 2021. We will ensure that you are informed of all dates as relevant to the application and system processes when they are made available. Please continue to check back on this website for further updates.

How will I apply for the credential?
Applications will be made through the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential website. The website will be live later in 2021 and will house all the information you need to help you prepare for your application. 

If I don’t have the credential, will I still be able to provide treatment for people living with an eating disorder?
Yes, you will. However, the Credential will make it much easier for people with lived experience and referrers to find you, and it will provide recognition for your skills and experience. We encourage all clinicians providing treatment for people living with an eating disorder to have accessed the required education, training, and professional development needed to provide safe and effective eating disorder treatment. More information on this can be found in the ANZAED Clinical Practice and Training Standards.

Will the eating disorder credential be linked with the MBS?
The Australian Government, Department of Health is responsible for decisions regarding MBS linkage. 

How much will the credential cost?
The Credential is designed to present low administrative burden and reasonable cost for clinicians. Alongside this, NEDC and ANZAED are working to ensure that training, supervision, and professional development opportunities are available for clinicians. More information on cost will be available later this year.

I have received the credential – how long does it last for?
The Credential runs on a fiscal year and lasts for 12 months. The ongoing requirements of the Credential are 6 hours of eating disorder-specific supervision and 15 hours of CPD relevant to eating disorder per annum. Information on supervision and CPD opportunities will be communicated to credentialed clinicians directly and via the NEDC and ANZAED websites.

I provide treatment for people with Bulimia Nervosa, but not other eating disorders. Can I get the credential?
Yes, the Credential is designed to support the treatment of individuals with eating disorders across all diagnostic presentations, from early intervention through to complex and acute presentations, both in public and private settings. It is important that people with lived experience of an eating disorder, across all diagnostic presentations, can more easily connect with clinicians that are able to provide eating disorder treatment relevant to the diagnosis.

Do I need to be a member of ANZAED to get the Credential?
You do not need to be a member of ANZAED to apply for or be awarded the Credential. ANZAED is the peak body for eating disorder professionals involved in research, prevention, treatment, and advocacy in Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can find out more at https://www.anzaed.org.au/membership/

Do I receive the Credential based on the evidence-based treatment model I am trained in? For example, credentialed as a provider of CBT-E?
No, all clinicians are awarded the same ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential, regardless of which evidence-based treatment model you are trained in. Being trained in one model is the minimum standard. On your clinician profile on the Credential website, it will be important to let referrers and treatment seekers know which models you are trained in and the diagnostic presentations you have the experience and skill to provide treatment for.

I am confused by the pathways for application and not sure if I should apply under the Private Practice pathway, or the Public Health and Other. How do I make this decision?
If you are a mental health professionals or dietitian working in private practice in any capacity, you must apply for the Credential under the ‘private practice’ pathway. This could mean that you work every day of the week or one day a year. Private practice refers to positions as a sole provider, within a profession-specific clinic (for example, a psychology clinic), or as part of a multi-disciplinary clinic. This pathway is also applicable for any clinician working in a headspace centre.

If you work in private practice, you are required to be a member or registered with your professional or regulatory body. These include AHPRA, AASW, ACA, DA, and PACFA.

If you cease working in private practice during the credential year, and solely work in public health or other, you will need to provide ANZAED with a copy of your employment contract (as required under the Private Health and Other application pathway).

I’m a social worker and work for my local public mental health service. Do I need to be a member of AASW?
Professionals applying for the Credential under the ‘public health and other’ pathway are not required to be a member of their professional body. As a social worker, if you commence work in private practice in any capacity (e.g., even if this is one day a month), you will need to provide ANZAED with the additional documentation required for the ‘private practice pathway’. This doesn’t mean that you need to reapply for the Credential, but you will need to provide evidence of your membership with AASW and this be approved by ANZAED. Similarly, counsellors, mental health nurses, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, and dietitians will need to be a member of their relevant professional body if applying for the Credential through the private practice pathway. The professions regulated under AHPRA meet this requirement.

I’m a peer worker – can I get the Credential?
Peer workers are not included in the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential profession eligibility. The professionals that are currently eligible for the Credential include counsellors, dietitians, general practitioners, mental health nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and social workers who meet the criteria.

I was working full-time at my local CAMHS service when I applied for the credential, but I have decided to start working in private practice one day a week. Does my credential still apply to my private practice work?
Mental health professionals and dietitians working in private practice in any capacity must apply for the Credential under the ‘private practice’ pathway. If you were awarded the Credential under the ‘public health and other pathway’, you do not need to reapply and pay for a new Credential, but you must provide ANZAED with the additional required information for private practice work and this be approved by ANZAED. Importantly, when you commence work in private practice, you must be registered with AHPRA and/or be a member of their relevant professional body (AASW, ACA, DA, PACFA) to be eligible for the Credential. Similarly, if you applied for the Credential when working solely in private practice but commence work in a different setting, you must provide ANZAED with the additional required information for the Public Health and Other pathway.

Can I only get the Credential for private practice or public health and other?
No, all applicants are awarded the same ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential, regardless of the application pathway use. Your certification and post nominal will not include detail of the application pathway it was made under. The different requirements for the application pathways reflect the governance, team support and supervision, and service policies that vary across workplace settings. It is important that these structures are in place regardless of the setting in which you work.

If you are unsure which pathway you need to apply under, the determinant will be whether you work in private practice (including headspace) or not. If you do work in private practice in any capacity (e.g. one day a fortnight), you must apply under the Private Practice pathway. Once awarded the Credential, you can promote and illustrate the award at all workplace settings.

There is no difference in cost for the two pathways to the Credential.

I’m a dietitian and developed most of my knowledge and skill through supervised practice ‘on the job’ and not through formal training. Can I get the Credential?
In recognition that some professionals currently practicing may not have undertaken formal training in the mode prescribed, a sunset clause will be provided for applications received during the first six months of application processing. Under the sunset clause transition period, applicants will have the opportunity to provide written evidence of their knowledge and skill development and experience across the training requirements (Introduction to eating disorders and evidence-based model training for mental health professionals; Introduction to eating disorders and evidence-informed dietetic practice for dietitians) in place of evidence of completing training. After this 6-month period, all applicants will need to complete the required training.

I’ve been providing treatment for people with eating disorders for 20 years and don’t have any certificates for training that I completed. Does this matter?
In recognition that some professionals currently practicing may not have undertaken formal training in the mode prescribed, or may not have records of having done so, a sunset clause will be provided for applications received during the first six months of application processing. Under the sunset clause transition period, applicants will have the opportunity to provide written evidence of their knowledge and skill development and experience across the training requirements (Introduction to eating disorders and evidence-based model training for mental health professionals; Introduction to eating disorders and evidence-informed dietetic practice for dietitians) in place of evidence of completing training. After this 6-month period, all applicants will need to complete the required training.

I want to get the Credential but need to complete training in an evidence-based treatment model. Where can I find training?
ANZAED and NEDC provide information on trainings available across Australia and this information will be continually updated with new training opportunities relevant to the Credential as they are scheduled. We continue to work closely with training providers to ensure training opportunities are available for clinicians to support them meeting criteria for credentialing and their ongoing work in eating disorder treatment. Trainings will be available in both face-to-face and online formats.

What does an Introduction to Eating Disorders training need to cover?
Introductory training should cover the areas as outlined in the NEDC Core Competencies and the ANZAED Eating Disorder Treatment Principles and General Clinical Practice and Training Standards. These areas include topics such as general knowledge of the clinical features of eating disorders, risk factors, screening, assessment, engagement, stepped system of care, multidisciplinary care team approach, working with families and supports, and knowledge of evidence-based treatment approaches and clinical guidelines. To assist you in finding appropriate training or determining whether you can apply under the sunset period, it will be important to familiarise yourself with these documents. ANZAED and NEDC will communicate about training availability across Australia in relation to the training requirements for the Credential.

I completed a 2-year Masters in psychology, which included supervised placements. Does this count towards the 2-years mental health clinical practice?
Yes, this can count towards meeting this criterion. You will be required to provide a brief written summary of your experience in a mental health role as part of your application. It is important that through this experience you have developed your skill and knowledge as outlined in the ANZAED Practice and Training Standards for Mental Health Professionals Providing Eating Disorder Treatment. Working within your scope of practice is an ongoing and important consideration.

I meet all the criteria for the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential but have only been working with people with eating disorders for 1 year. Can I get the Credential?
The Credential criteria do not specify a minimum number of years working with people with eating disorders. It is important to develop your annual CPD and supervision plans to reflect your individual learning needs as you commence work in this area.

I’m a dietitian and completed one year of mentored practice to become an APD. Does this count towards the required two-years clinical practice?
Yes. You will be required to provide a brief written summary of your clinical experience as a dietitian using a provided template. It is important that through this experience you have started to develop your skill and knowledge as outlined in the ANZAED Practice and Training Standards for Dietitians Professionals Providing Eating Disorder Treatment.

I’m a GP but not registered as a provider of Focused Psychological Strategies. Can I get the Credential?
Being a registered provider of Focused Psychological Strategies is a requirement of the credential for GPs. It is important to note that the Credential for general practitioners (and other medical professionals) is as the provider of psychological therapy; that is, the Credential does not reflect their role in the multidisciplinary team as medical practitioner, in management of medications, or in review of eating disorder management plans.

I’m a psychologist but my eating disorder-specific supervisor is an occupational therapist – does this matter?
The Credential does not specify the profession of a supervisor. It is important when finding a supervisor that they have expertise in eating disorder treatment and can support you to consolidate your knowledge and skill in providing treatment for people with eating disorders. ANZAED and NEDC will ensure that supervision opportunities are available for clinicians seeking to apply for, and maintain, the Credential. This information will be made available via our website/s.

Does my supervisor need to be a board-approved supervisor or have particular qualifications?
Your supervisor is not required to be a board-approved supervisor or have any particular qualifications, however it is essential that they have experience in eating disorder treatment and can support you through reflective practice approaches and in your eating disorder treatment provision.

I meet up with my professional peer group once a month to discuss practice and treatment of eating disorders. Would this count towards the supervision requirement?
Yes, but this can only be counted for up to 50% of the total 6 hours supervision requirement and you will still need to complete 3 hours of individual (i.e. 1:1) supervision which can be accessed through telehealth rather than in person. Reflective practice is a crucial component of supervision, and it is important that peer supervision supports you in your own learning and development goals in the area of eating disorder treatment.

I haven’t attended any training or conferences but do lots of reading about eating disorders. Would this count for my 15 hours of CPD?
Yes, but the reading will need to be specifically related to your CPD plan that is submitted when you applied for the Credential. It is important that your CPD plan adequately reflects your learning and development needs as you expand and grow your eating disorder knowledge and skill.

I can’t find a supervisor that specialises in working with people living with an eating disorder. Where can I find one?
NEDC and ANZAED are working to ensure that supervision and professional development opportunities are available for clinicians to support them meeting criteria for credentialing and their ongoing work in eating disorder treatment. You can find further information regarding eating disorder consultation on the
ANZAED website and your professional organisation may be able to support you to find a suitable supervisor. We will be providing further information to support clinicians in the coming months.

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