- Dr Kim Hurst, Senior Psychologist & Clinical Lead
- Dr Andrew Wallis, Clinical Social Worker & Family Therapist
Chair: Dr Beth Shelton, NEDC National Director
Webinar Overview: The Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) recently developed general principles and clinical practice standards recommended for mental health clinicians and dietitians providing treatment for people with eating disorders. Separate mental health practice and training standards were then devised as a foundation for strengthening the workforce and providing guidance to professional training programs and service providers on the minimal standards required for practice in the eating disorder field. This presentation will present the recommendations for mental health professionals providing eating disorder treatment and describe the following practice and training standards: eating disorder treatment foundations (including coordination of services, establishing a positive therapeutic alliance, professional responsibility and knowledge of levels of care), assessment, diagnosis, intervention (including evidence-based intervention, managing psychiatric risk and managing comorbid mental health problems), and monitoring and evaluation. Dissemination of these standards to clinicians providing services to people with eating disorders is aimed at supporting adherence in the clinic room where they can translate to improved outcomes for clients. Additional pathways to supporting adherence include expert supervision of practice, incorporation in training and supervised practice in university settings, and support with checklists that can be used by consumers and referring professionals.
Dr Kim Hurst is a Senior Psychologist and is the Clinical Lead of the Robina Private Hospital’s Eating Disorders Service, 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 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 member of the Queensland State-Wide Eating Disorders Advisory Group and is a member of the NEDC Steering Committee and is leading the credentialing project in partnership with NEDC. She has coordinated a national eating disorder conference, ANZAED AWS 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. She is also the current President of ANZAED.
Dr. Andrew Wallis is a clinical social worker and family therapist. He has been working with adolescents and their families for more than 20 years. In 2003 with colleagues at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, he established the first Family-Based Treatment program in Australia, and Multiple Family therapy for Anorexia Nervosa in 2014. He has been providing training, consultation and supervision in Australia and New Zealand for more than 10 years, helping to support public and private services to implement family therapy approaches to adolescent problems. Andrew has also been involved in family therapy research with more than 25 per reviewed papers and book chapters including his PhD research on the impact of Family Based Therapy on family relationships during treatment.