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Eating disorders in sexual minority communities

Presenter: Tom Scully, Accredited Practicing Dietitian & Jo Doley, Lecturer in Psychology

Tuesday 12 July (60 minutes duration)
Time: 2.00pm New Zealand; 12.00pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; QLD; 11.30am SA & NT; 10.00am WA. SEE YOUR LOCAL TIME HERE

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Tom Scully (any pronouns) is a queer Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with experience treating eating disorders in inpatient and private practice settings. Tom is the head of the dietetics team at Mind Body Well in Melbourne where he sees clients via telehealth, and also works in person at River Oak Health in Brisbane. Tom has a special interest in working with men and LGBTIQA+ communities.

Jo Doley (they/them) is an early career researcher and lecturer in psychology within the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University. Their research interests are body image in queer women, and body image in transgender and gender diverse people. They are also currently collaborating with an industry partner, the Body Confident Collective, to assist in disseminating resources to educate parents, teachers, and coaches about boys’ body image and supplement use. They have been an ANZAED member since 2015, and are a member of the Victorian Eating Disorders Research Network (VEDRN).

Webinar Overview: Sexual minority (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual) people may have differing experiences of eating disorders compared with their heterosexual peers. In particular, prior literature has observed that sexual minority people have additional risk factors for disordered eating and body image concerns, differing patterns of eating disorder behaviours, and additional life stressors (such as minority stress) that may impact the manner in which eating disorders present or are treated. This webinar will provide an introduction to assessing sexual minority clients, including background literature on risk factors and behaviours around eating disorders in sexual minority people. It will help clinicians to increase their confidence: 1) exploring potential impacts of minority stress and other unique factors on the development and maintenance of eating disorders in sexual minority clients 2) where relevant incorporating these unique factors into formulations 3) considering treatment needs for differing sexual minority clients and recommendations for providing culturally competent care.

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