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Working with Children with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder – A Practical Approach

Presenter: Ursula McCulloch

Date: Wednesday 15 February 2023
Time: 12.00pm AEDT (1-hour duration)
2pm New Zealand; 12pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, 11:30am SA, 10.30am NT, 11am QLD; 9am WA
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Webinar Overview: Working with Children with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder – A Practical Approach is presented by Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Ursula McCulloch from Te Whatu Ora, Waitaha Canterbury Paediatric Feeding Clinic. This webinar offers practical ideas for managing ARFID rather than purely theoretical and research concepts, with hands-on examples on ways to use behavioural and cognitive approaches with children with ARFID within the age range of 3 years to 12 years. Drawing on her extensive experience in this area, Ursula shares some of her most successfully used resources in working with children and families where ARFID is a concern. Ursula shares her experiences in running Food Exploration groups with age matched children, and some of the challenges in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This Webinar covers some of the “whys” of ARFID, including sensory issues, developmental concerns and the impact of the environment and the management of ARFID. The effect of ARFID on the parent-child relationship is also briefly discussed. Ursula is happy to have participants use the resources she has developed and shares in this webinar (but not those developed by Dr Kay Toomey who runs the SOS Sensory Oral Sequential approach to Feeding, which are copyright).

Ursula McCulloch is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Te Whatu Ora Health NZ – Waitaha Canterbury in the Children Under 5 Team and the Paediatric Feeding Team. She has many years of experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and has acted as a consultant to schools in Canterbury. Ursula is a subject matter expert for Leading Lights, an online package for schools for mental health and wellbeing resources. She provides training to psychiatry registrars on Family Therapy, as well as a number of trainings and Webinars on working with restricted eating and ARFID, and on Cognitive Behavioural Approaches for mental health staff around New Zealand.

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Managing the peer review process: Advice for early career researchers

Presenters: Jake Linardon & Trevor Steward 

Date: Thursday 23 February 2023
Time: 1.00pm AEDT (1-hour duration)
3pm New Zealand; 1pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, 12:30pm SA, 11.30am NT, 12pm QLD; 10am WA
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Webinar Overview: A milestone along the journey of an emerging scholar is being invited to peer review their first journal article. However, it can be challenging to understand the requirements of the peer review process and how to successfully navigate through this with little publishing experience and limited content expertise. This webinar will discuss the appropriate language and structure of a well-written review report, address potential conflicts of interest and elements that fall beyond one’s knowledge, and establish effective communication with journal editors. It will also provide advice on how to be critical, constructive, and specific when writing review reports. Finally, this webinar will provide useful strategies for handling disagreements from the reviewer’s and author’s perspectives. 

Jake Linardon is a Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University. His NHRMC-funded research involves developing and evaluating novel digital interventions to aid in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. He has published 80+ papers on eating disorders and was recently listed in the top 1% of most influential scholars on feeding and eating disorders according to PubMed algorithms. He is an Associate Editor for Body Image and serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Eating Disorders, the Journal of Eating Disorders, and the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Sciences.


Trevor Steward is an NHRMC/MRFF Fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. His research focuses on using ultra-high-field 7-Telsa MRI technology to understand how subcortical regions of the brain contribute to common symptoms found across psychiatric disorders. Although the majority of his research to date has examined the neuropsychopathology of eating disorders, he also conducted studies on gambling disorder, PTSD, and obesity. He aims to leverage neuroimaging tools to inform brain-based treatments and to predict individual clinical outcomes. He is the co-author of over 90 publications, including in journals such as Molecular Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine.

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