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Below are research projects that are being undertaken by ANZAED members.  Each projects has ethics permission granted from the appropriate institution

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The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on People with Eating Disorders in Australia. If you are living with an eating disorder through the COVID-19 outbreak – we need your insights! 

InsideOut is conducting an online survey to better understand how people living with an eating disorder are coping with this global pandemic. Our way of life has changed dramatically, and for people with an eating disorder there are many unique challenges. These potentially include social isolation, hoarding, and an increased focus on hygiene, which can be extremely triggering. 

If you are 16 years or over, help us to understand what it has been like for you, by completing the survey at EDstudy.com.au

Questions? Email insideout.research@sydney.edu.au. If you feel distressed at any time, please call 1800 ED HOPE (1 800 33 4673).

Seeking dietitians to participate in study on oral health practice

This study aims to explore the oral health behaviours of individuals with an eating disorder in addition to exploring the current role and experiences of dietitians in oral health promotion and prevention in clinical practice.

Participation will involve completing a 15-20 minute online/hardcopy questionnaire to explore your knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to oral health promotion. The invaluable information you provide will assist in understanding the current practice of dietitians in this clinical area and help inform the development of future resources and training programs.

Participation is voluntary.If you would like to participate in the questionnaire, please contact: Tiffany Patterson Norrie (Dietitian, PhD student) M|0402370766  E| 17802808@student.westernsydney.edu.au OR please access the information sheet and click here for commencing the survey.

Transitioning to Digital First Line Intervention – Validation of a Brief Online Screener for Early Identification of a Suspected Eating Disorder Overview

InsideOut Institute is validating a newly developed 6 item online screener designed to ‘start a conversation’ and encourage help-seeking across a spectrum of eating disorders at what is likely to be the first point of contact. Anyone over 14 is invited to complete a survey of 15-20 minutes. Your participation will put you into the draw to win a $100 Westfield gift card.

Researchers: Emma Bryant (InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders, USYD) ebry8657@uni.sydney.edu.au, Dr Sarah Maguire (Supervisor)
Ethics: Sydney University HREC, protocol approval 2020/363.
Click here: https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=EANKPXL9EM

Evaluating Telehealth Guidelines for Delivery of Eating Disorder Therapy

What is the study about?
This study will seek to evaluate the experiences of delivering Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) via telehealth for eating disorders from both therapist and patient perceptions, as well as evaluate the perceived usefulness of recently published guidelines on delivering telehealth sessions for eating disorders.

Who can participate?
Participation requires that you are a therapist delivering Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for eating disorders (CBT-ED) via telehealth.

What will I be asked to do?
The survey will ask you to provide demographic information in relation to professional group, therapy orientation, age and the primary clinical group in which you work with. You will then be asked to complete a questionnaire measuring tolerance to uncertainty. Following this, the survey will ask you to identify any difficulties you have experienced with specific aspects of protocol via telehealth, and how useful you perceive different aspects of guidelines presented in Waller et al. (2020). Completing this study will take approximately 30 minutes on one occasion. We will also provide you with a flyer to give your clients, so we can also hear about their experiences of telehealth.

If you wish to participate, please click the following link Evaluating telehealth guidelines for delivery of eating disorder therapy or alternatively, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_cT0xbMAn88hregl

Understanding the Relationship between Eating Behaviours and Cognitive and Interpersonal Functioning 

This study will investigate the relationship between cognitive style, personality traits, and eating behaviours. Your total time commitment is 2.5 hours, after completing the study you will be entitled to receive a $50 gift card. For more information please click here.

Eligible participants:

  • Live in Australia
  • Female
  • 18 years or older
  • Currently experiencing eating disorder symptoms

Research team: Dr Isabel Krug (Supervisor) Miss Sarah Giles (PhD Candidate)
Approved by: The University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee (1852418.3) (Tel: 8344 2073)

To participate: https://preview.tinyurl.com/uyhcazu 
Contact: giless1@student.unimelb.edu.au

Closing Date: 30 September 2020

Development of a Body Image Questionnaire: Learning from the shared wisdom of lived experience and field experts

Katarina Prnjak is a PhD candidate at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. For her PhD, she plans to develop a new body image questionnaire, and for this will need your help. Currently she is planning a study that includes online focus group discussions and/or individual interviews via Zoom teleconferencing with current or past eating disorder lived experience experts. The topic of the discussion is body image and participants will be asked questions about experience with own body, thoughts, emotions, and beliefs about one’s weight and shape. If you find yourself in this participant description and wish to share your personal experience involving body image, you can leave your email address and Katarina will contact you to arrange a suitable time for Zoom. Of note, the discussion will last approximately one hour and you will be reimbursed with AUD 10. Also, if you are under the age of 18, you will be given a parental information sheet and parental informed consent (in addition to participant information sheet and participant informed consent) which must be signed on-screen before participation. Thank you in advance.

Link for providing contact details: https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ZXSSP9Bah0xLud

Everyday function for individuals who have a current, or past, diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa. 

This research seeks to better understand how the thoughts and feelings experienced by people who are currently diagnosed with, or have a history of Anorexia Nervosa, may affect their social, academic and occupational functioning. This online survey takes approximately 30 minutes.
Eligible participants:
• 18 years or older, and
• Have received a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa at some time in their life.

Research team: Prof. Stephen Touyz (Inside Out), Prof. Phillipa Hay (WSU) and Kelly Dann (USyd)
Approved by: The University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee 2020/176
To participate: https://sydneypsy.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eKdAtEYqQA8cHn7
Contact: kelly.dann@sydney.edu.au