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Assessment in Eating Disorders: Mental Health, Nutrition & Cultural Considerations

Presenter: Liz Dale, Phillipa Hay & Susan Hart

Thursday 24 February (1 hour duration)
Time: 2pm New Zealand; 12pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 11am QLD; 11.30am SA & NT; 9am WA. SEE YOUR LOCAL TIME HERE

Webinar Overview: This Webinar is an introduction and overview of assessment of people with an eating disorder. Professionals with limited experience in the field will find it most useful.

  • Phillipa Hay will present on clinical skills assessment of diagnostic and related mental and physical health features in people presenting with an eating disorder, with reference to the DSM-5 and ICD-11 diagnostic schemes . She will also briefly review clinical care pathways according to current national and international guidelines for evidence based care.
  • Susan Hart will discuss the steps to obtain a through nutrition assessment. She will introduce a framework for dietitians in a general hospital setting as well as those working in a specialist setting.
  • Elizabeth Dale will present an Indigenous lensed conceptualization of eating disorders and describe how this can be used to conduct culturally informed assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning with people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

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Dr Elizabeth Dale is a Clinical Psychology Registrar, Aboriginal Academic and PERL research fellow at the University of Wollongong. Liz has a specific expertise in Indigenous health, eating disorders and the addictions field. Liz serves on the executive committee for the ANZAED and is a member of the AHPRA, Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association, APS, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs and Indigenous Allied Health Australia. As an Indigenous clinician-researcher, Liz uses her unique insights to provide cultural advice and support to organisations seeking to establish culturally appropriate research projects and clinical practices. Liz currently works with SMART Recovery Australia Research, Butterfly Foundation, NEDC and Ngarruwan Ngadju First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre.

Professor Hay is a leading mental health researcher. In 2015 she received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the ANZ Academy for Eating Disorders, and in 2020 she was awarded the RANZCP Senior Research Award. She led the introduction of the first open access journal in her respected research area (Journal of Eating Disorders), is its current Editor-in-Chief and also serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Eating Behaviours and is Associate Editor for BMC Psychology.

Dr Susan Hart is an Accredited Practising Dietitian working as the Eating Disorder Coordinator for St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney. She has an established work history in eating disorders working in the inpatient, outpatient and day patient setting, and across public and private hospitals. Susan is committed to translating research into day-to-day practice; evaluating current treatments, and facilitating access to appropriate and evidence-based treatment options.

Assessment: Defining Recovery & Measuring Recovery

Presenter: Anna Bardone-Cone, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina

Thursday 10 March (1 hour duration)
Time: 2.30pm New Zealand; 12.30pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 11.30am QLD; 12.00pm SA & NT; 9.30am WA. SEE YOUR LOCAL TIME HERE

Dr. Anna Bardone-Cone is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). For the past two decades, her research has focused on eating disorders and body image with interests in psychological and sociocultural factors and with projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (United States). One particular area of interest is in defining eating disorder recovery in a comprehensive way. She is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor at UNC, the director of clinical psychology at UNC’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and a Fellow in the Academy of Eating Disorders.

Workshop Overview: TBC

Professor Janet Treasure is a psychiatrist who has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 35 years. She is a consultant at the South London and Maudsley hospital and a Professor at Kings College London. She has worked extensively with patients and carers to develop new treatments. During her career she has been awarded several prizes from learned societies and the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her work with eating disorders. She is a trustee of several eating disorder and psychiatric charities.

Date: April 2022
Presentation Title & Webinar Overview: TBC

Assessment of eating disorders and body image among males

Presenter: Marita Cooper, Viren Swami & Daniel Talbot
Chair: Katarina Prnjak

Thursday 12 May (90 minutes duration)
Time: 8pm New Zealand; 6pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; QLD; 5.30pm SA & NT; 4pm WA. SEE YOUR LOCAL TIME HERE

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Marita Cooper is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Eating Disorders Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her Ph.D. from Australian National University where her dissertation examined muscle dysmorphia and muscularity-oriented body change behaviours. Marita was an Eating Disorders Clinical Research Summer Fellow at Harvard University and recently completed a postdoctoral clinical and research fellowship with Johns Hopkins Medicine. Clinically, Marita completed training in clinical psychology and has worked with clients across the lifespan in both private practice and hospital settings. Marita has also presented research on both muscularity-oriented eating and exercise in eating disorders at conferences for both the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.

Viren Swami is Professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, where he is co-Director of the Centre for Societies and Groups, and Adjunct Professor at Perdana University, where he is Director of the Centre for Psychological Medicine. His research is focused on body image, interpersonal relationships, and mental health. He is ranked in the top 2% of the most-cited scientists in the world and is the author of over three hundred academic papers and three books, including Attraction Explained (now in its second edition) and The Psychology of Physical Attraction.

Daniel Talbot is a lecturer in Applied Psychology at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and a clinical psychology registrar at Ramsay Clinic Northside. His research interests include body image and eating disorders in males. Specifically, he is interested in developing more sensitive tools to measure body image-related psychopathology, height dissatisfaction, and the interaction between body image and personality.

Webinar Overview: Eating disorders and body image disturbance have been largely overlooked in male populations in both research and clinical practice. Historically, eating disorder diagnostic criteria have been “gendered” insofar that desire to obtain large and muscular body, more often experienced by males with eating disorders, has been left unnoticed as a possible underlying motivation fueling eating disorder symptomatology. This can also be attributed to eating disorder assessment instruments being developed, validated and normed predominantly in female samples. Although new assessment tools have been developed and validated in order to comprehensively capture these experiences across gender, and some tailored specifically for administration among males, the use of traditional eating disorder instruments is still ubiquitous. This webinar will cover challenges researchers and clinicians experience in assessing eating disorder symptoms among males. It will also provide suggestions on how to choose adequate instruments, examine measurement equivalence as a prerequisite for comparing scores across gender, as well as introduce different modes of assessing body image disturbance among males.

Chris Basten (B.A. Hons; M.Psychol; Ph.D.)
Chris Basten is a clinical psychologist who has previously worked in and managed a hospital eating disorders service. He has undertaken research in the field of eating disorders and has been active in training GPs and psychologists in the area for many years. Chris now works in private practice seeing clients and conducting supervision, and also consults to health services.

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Thursday 16 June 2022
Presentation Title & Webinar Overview: TBC

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