ANZAED offers members the following scholarships for conference registration for our Annual Conference – the Peter Beumont ANZAED Young Investigator Research Award; the Paul Foulkes ANZAED Clinician Scholarship; AED/ANZAED Early Career Travel Scholarship (which supports early career investigators presenting their research on the international stage at the AED conference) and the ANZAED Rural & Regional Conference Scholarship. Please see below for more details on these scholarships.


  1. READ – all of the available guidelines to ensure you are writing according to the selection criteria. Become familiar with the scoring information in the scoring matrix– reviewers will be using these to score your application so ensure you cover all requirements.
  2. WATCH – the webinar on the ANZAED website about applying for our scholarships and awards – grab some great tips from experts and previous winners! 
  3. PERMISSION TO SHOW-OFF – this is not a time for being meek. Let us know why you deserve this opportunity. 
  4. DEMONSTRATE – in your personal statements, avoid vague statements (e.g., “Attending the conference will be really helpful for the clinic I work in”). Instead provide examples to illustrate or argue your point (e.g., “Our clinic is considering the benefits of adding a DBT program. By attending the DBT workshop at this conference, I will be able to share my learnings with the rest of the team and make decisions about whether and how to set this program up, and how it will impact clients.”). Be clear about what you want to get out of attending the conference and state your objectives in the personal statement. 
  5. LANGUAGE – Pay special attention to and use the language of the selection criteria and scoring matrix available in the funding and scoring guidelines. Make the most of the word limits to sell yourself (but do not go over the word limits), be direct, specific, and elaborate on benefits of attendance.
  6. REVIEW – proofread your application, and ask others to review it before you submit as well (they are likely to pick up on things that you don’t and may help you be less shy about “selling yourself”).
  7. PLAN AHEAD – read and keep in mind the selection criteria and scoring matrix when writing your abstract (e.g., for the Early Career Investigator Travel Scholarship); ensure you have everything you need well ahead of time for submitting the application (e.g., agreement from a referee to be named in the application, updated CV if required for the application).

Scholarships/Awards - Further Information & Past Award Winners

The Peter Beumont ANZAED Young Investigator Prize is awarded to a young investigator from a germane discipline who is a member of ANZAED and has submitted the abstract to the ANZAED conference which is deemed to be the best by a selection committee. An early career investigator will be eligible if he or she is an honours/fourth year student, a postgraduate student, or within 3 years of a fourth year or postgraduate degree and indicates he or she wishes to be considered for the prize. Evidence of eligibility may be required.

The prize will be the conference registration (applicants must register to the conference but this will be refunded) and a $500 honorarium. His/her paper will be adjudicated at the conference; the winner will then have the conference registration reimbursed and be paid the honorarium.

The 2022 award winner was Sarah Barakat for ‘Harnessing digital interventions to broaden the treatment landscape for eating disorders: Findings from a multi-site randomised controlled trial of Binge Eating eTherapy’.

The 2021 award winner was Emma Bryant for ‘Identification of ultra-high risk and early stage eating disorders: development and validation of a digital screening tool’.

The 2020 award winner was Eugenia Zhi Wei Yee for ‘Differential Impacts of Viewing Fitspiration and Thinspiration on Male Body Image: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study’.

The 2019 award winner was Yuan Zhou for Combating disordered eating and poor body-image with the use of Imagery Rescripting (IR) among body dissatisfied young women.

The 2018 award winner was Mia Pellizzer.

This award is named in the honour of Professor Peter Beumont, the first President of ANZAED 

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The annual Paul Foulkes ANZAED Clinician Scholarship is a prize for a clinician who is a member of ANZAED and who can demonstrate that their attendance at the ANZAED conference will be of substantial benefit to the clinician, his/her organization, his/her clients and the community at large. Any clinician working in the eating disorder field who is a member of ANZAED is eligible to apply for this scholarship. The Executive Committee will select the applicant it believes best fulfils these criteria. The prize will be exemption from conference registration and $AU500.

The 2022 award winners were Bethanie Gouldthorp & Pheobe Ho

The 2021 award winner
was Emily Pennings, Registered Nurse, headspace.

The 2020 award winner was Amy Kaplan, specialised mental health dietitian at Epworth Healthcare.

The 2019 award winner was Peta Marks, credentialed mental health nurse and family therapist.

The 2018 award winner was Elesa Crowley from Tamworth Rural Hospital.

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Two scholarships are available for clinicians working in rural & regional settings to attend the annual conference. The prize is exemption from conference registration. Applicants must be a clinician working in the eating disorder field who is a member of ANZAED. The ANZAED Executive Committee will select the applicant it believes best fulfils these criteria.

  1. Expression of Interest: Describe how the clinician, his/her organization, his/her clients and the community at large will benefit from this scholarship;
  2. Provide a reference in support of the application from the organization in which he/she works or a professional who is aware of the clinicians work.

The 2022 award winner was Amy Newsom

The 2021 award winner was Louisa Bahen-Wright, Adolescent Clinical Nurse Consultant, Royal Darwin Hospital.

The 2020 award winners were Vyv Rodnight, RN and Clinical Lead at CAHMS and Amy Trengrove, APD, SA Health in Clare Valley, South Australia.

The 2019 award winners were: Claire Day, Private Practitioner, Mental Health Social Worker, Regional QLD and Lisa Phillips, Clinician, Youth Mental Health Team.

The 2018 award winners were: Melissa Holland, Mildura Base Hospital and Katie Babbott from Youth Horizons Trust. 

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This award is for early career investigators who are ANZED members, who have an Abstract accepted at the annual International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), run by the international Academy of Eating Disorders (AED). The conference is being jointly run by AED and ANZAED next year. Two scholarships are available. Each includes registration for the ICED2020 Conference and pre-conference research workshop, plus up to AU$2,000 in travel costs for first prize, and up to AU$1,000 in travel costs for second prize.

2021 awards winners were – 1st place: Emma Bryant for Transitioning to digital first line intervention: validation of a brief online screener for early identification of a suspected eating disorder. 2nd place: Katarina Prnjak for Breaking down drive for muscularity and leanness in community adolescents: A network analysis.

2020 awards winners were – 1st place: Dr Long Le for Burden and Health State Utility Values of Eating Disorders: results from a population-based survey. 2nd place: Dr Emily Matheson for The effectiveness of brief animated films as scalable micro-interventions to improve children’s body image: A randomised controlled trial.

2019 awards winners were – 1st place: Hiba Jebeile for Pediatric weight management interventions and eating disorder risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 2nd place: Nora Trompeter for The mediating effect of Emotion Dysregulation between Gender Typicality/Contentedness and Drive for Muscularity and Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns among adolescents.

2016 awards winners were – 1st place: Felipe Quinto da Luz for Growing prevalence of comorbid eating disorder behaviors and obesity: 20-year cross sectional data from South Australia from 1995 to 2015 (co-authors: Amanda Sainsbury, Haider Mannan, Stephen Touyz, Deborah Mitchison & Phillipa Hay). 2nd place: Deborah Mitchison for The Bidirectional Relationship between Quality of Life and Eating Disorder Symptoms: A 9-Year Community-Based Study of Australian Women.

2015 awards winner was Sian Mclean for Protective and exacerbating influences on body image following exposure to thin-ideal media in adolescent girls: The role of media literacy and appearance comparison.

2014 awards winner was Lisa Dawson for Defining Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa: Can we Reach Consensus.

2013 awards winners was Siew Soon for Testing of a Metacognitive Control-Related Maintenance Model of Anorexia Nervosa.

2012 awards winners was Deborah Mitchison for Relationships between Self-Reported Lifetime History of Anorexia Nervosa and Present State Including Health Related Quality of Life.

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Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) research prize for the best Dietetic research presentation encourages and recognises excellence in the area of Dietetics in the field of eating disorders. The award is for the best Dietetic research presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Conference. All Accredited Practising Dietitians who present a short oral paper, workshop or poster at the ANZAED conference will be eligible for the award. The successful candidate for the Award will be announced at the conference and will receive an award of $300 and a certificate. The winner will be featured on the ANZAED website and in the Dietitians Association of Australia newsletter.

2021 winner is Caitlin McMaster, Dietitian, Boden Collaboration for Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, University of Sydney on Impact of patient characteristics on clinicians’ decisions to involve dietitians in eating disorder treatment.

2020 winner was Fiona Willer, Advanced APD for Size Accepting Health Focus is Superior to Weight Control Focus for Eating Disorder Risk and Dietary Quality in a Large Australian Community Sample.

2019 winner was Georgina Buckley, PhD Candidate & Sports Dietitian, Exploring disordered eating in athletes, BSc, MHumNutr, MDietPrac. Open Access publication of her presentation is available here

2018 winner was Kylie Matthews, University of Queensland on Medically compromised, extremely underweight adult patients with eating disorders can be safely refed using a higher energy feeding protocol.  Authors: K. Matthews, J. Hill, S. Jeffrey, W. Ward, A. Davis, S. Patterson, M. Palmer, S. Capra

This award is judged and awarded by the Editors in Chief of the Journal of Eating Disorders. Authors of all posters will have opportunity to apply for this award when notified if their submission was accepted for presentation. ​

The prize for this scholarship is an honorarium of A$200.

2021 winner is Phoebe Wu for her presentation titled Body Image, Disordered Eating and Compulsive Exercise in Women who Post Different Types of Material on Instagram.

2020 winner was Caroline West for Examining the Association between Depressive Symptoms and Eating Pathology among Low-Income Adolescents: Racial Differences Among Black and White Adolescents.

2019 winner was Nasim Foroughi for Neural Response to Low Energy Food Images in Anorexia Nervosa.

This award is presented to the author of a research paper that is adjudicated best Oral research paper at the ANZAED Annual Conference.

  • The authors will have opportunity to apply for this award when notified if their submission is accepted for presentation;
  • Papers are adjudicated by an awards committee, based on their research merit, importance to the eating disorder field, and oral paper presentation.

The prize for this scholarship is an honorarium of A$1000.

2021 Winner is Emma Austen.

2020 Winner was Sylvane Desrivieres.

2019 Winners were Adam Burt & Simon Wilksch.