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ANZAED OPEN WEBINARS

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Dietitian Practice Standards

Date: Monday 1 February 2021 (1 hour duration)
Time:
2pm New Zealand; 12pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 11am QLD; 11.30am SA; 10.30am NT; 9am WA. See your local time here

Presenters:

  • Dr Gabriella Heruc, Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Dr Susan Hart, Accredited Practicing Dietitian
  • Ms Michelle Roberton, Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Chair: Ms Anjanette Casey, Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Webinar Overview: The Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) recently developed general principles and clinical practice standards recommended for mental health clinicians and dietitians providing treatment for people with eating disorders. Separate dietetic practice and training standards were then devised as a foundation for strengthening the workforce and providing guidance to professional training programs and service providers on the minimal standards required for practice in the eating disorder field. This presentation will present the recommendations for dietitians providing eating disorder treatment based around the core dietetic skills of screening, professional responsibility, assessment, nutrition diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation, outlining the role and scope of practice of the dietitian within the multidisciplinary team. The incorporation of these standards into dietetic-specific training programs and learning opportunities (e.g. supervision) will also be discussed.

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Mental Health Practice Standards

Date: Monday 1 February 2021 (1 hour duration)
Time:
3.15pm New Zealand; 1.15pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 12.15pm QLD; 12.45pm SA; 11.45am NT; 10.15am WA. See your local time here

Presenters:

  • Dr Kim Hurst, Senior Psychologist & Clinical Lead
  • Dr Andrew Wallis, Clinical Social Worker & Family Therapist

Chair: Dr Beth Shelton, NEDC National Director

Webinar Overview: The Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) recently developed general principles and clinical practice standards recommended for mental health clinicians and dietitians providing treatment for people with eating disorders. Separate mental health practice and training standards were then devised as a foundation for strengthening the workforce and providing guidance to professional training programs and service providers on the minimal standards required for practice in the eating disorder field. This presentation will present the recommendations for mental health professionals providing eating disorder treatment and describe the following practice and training standards: eating disorder treatment foundations (including coordination of services, establishing a positive therapeutic alliance, professional responsibility and knowledge of levels of care), assessment, diagnosis, intervention (including evidence-based intervention, managing psychiatric risk and managing comorbid mental health problems), and monitoring and evaluation. Dissemination of these standards to clinicians providing services to people with eating disorders is aimed at supporting adherence in the clinic room where they can translate to improved outcomes for clients. Additional pathways to supporting adherence include expert supervision of practice, incorporation in training and supervised practice in university settings, and support with checklists that can be used by consumers and referring professionals.

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Presenters

Dr Gabriella Heruc is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with Honours in Psychology, Master of Nutrition & Dietetics and PhD in Medicine with over 20 years clinical experience in mental health and 15 years focused on eating disorder treatment in public and private inpatient, day program and outpatient settings. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the peak professional body, Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders over the last 9 years, in the member-elected roles of Executive member, Treasurer, President-Elect, President and now Past-President. In this time, she chaired the 2012 Annual Conference, established the now annual Autumn Workshop Series, improved ANZAED’s financial management and strategic planning, was the first dietitian invited to join the National Eating Disorders Collaboration Steering Committee and served on the Medicare Implementation Committee for the establishment of the Medicare Items for eating disorder treatment and has provided education to the sector on their use. She also led the development and publication of the first ever treatment principles and clinical practice standards for dietitians and mental health professionals providing eating disorder treatment (Journal of Eating Disorders), which aims to increase capabilities among health professionals to improve outcomes for consumers. These are providing the framework for a national credentialing system currently being developed to standardise care across health practitioners.

Dr Kim Hurst is a Senior Psychologist and is the Clinical Lead of the Robina Private Hospital’s Eating Disorders Service, she also is in Private Practice. Prior to this Kim was a founding member of the Gold Coast Child & Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), Eating Disorder Program (EDP). Kim has worked across a range of eating disorder treatment settings including psychiatric and medical inpatient units and outpatient services. She has developed specialist eating disorder clinical policies and is focused on service improvement strategies to enhance treatment delivery. Kim is also passionate about early intervention programs and has delivered workshops to school children, guidance officers and teachers on positive body image. ​Kim was previously the member of the Queensland State-Wide Eating Disorders Advisory Group and is a member of the NEDC Steering Committee and is leading the credentialing project in partnership with NEDC. She has coordinated a national eating disorder conference, ANZAED AWS and smaller workshop events. Kim has a solid record of presenting at local, national and international eating disorder conferences and has several published works within the field. She is also the current President of ANZAED.

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.

Ms Michelle Roberton APD is the Manager of the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) which collaborates with and supports the health system to provide quality community treatment for eating disorders through service development support, clinical case consultation and workforce development. Michelle is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive clinical experience in the mental health sector including ten years as a senior clinician at CEED, working with people with eating disorders in a wide range of public and private sector settings, and treatment modalities.

Dr. Andrew Wallis is a clinical social worker and family therapist. He has been working with adolescents and their families for more than 20 years. In 2003 with colleagues at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, he established the first Family-Based Treatment program in Australia, and Multiple Family therapy for Anorexia Nervosa in 2014. He has been providing training, consultation and supervision in Australia and New Zealand for more than 10 years, helping to support public and private services to implement family therapy approaches to adolescent problems. Andrew has also been involved in family therapy research with more than 25 per reviewed papers and book chapters including his PhD research on the impact of Family Based Therapy on family relationships during treatment.

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Residential Treatments for Eating Disorders

Presenter: Carolyn Costin, M.A. M.ED.MFT 13192 FAED,CEDS

Thursday 4 February (1 hour duration)
1pm New Zealand; 11am NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 10am QLD; 10.30am SA; 9.30am NT; 8am WA. SEE YOUR LOCAL TIME HERE

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Carolyn Costin is a world renowned, highly sought-after eating disorder clinician, author, and international speaker. Recovered from anorexia in her twenties, as a young therapist Carolyn recognized her calling after successfully treating her first eating disorder client. She was first to publicly take the position that people with eating disorders can become fully recovered. After 15 years in private practice and running hospital programs, Carolyn was determined to improve the relapse rate and recognized a gap in the eating disorder field and thus opened the first residential facility for eating disorders, Monte Nido, which she ran for 22 years. 

Carolyn’s contributions to the eating disorder field are extensive including six books, the most popular being 8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder. She opened the Carolyn Costin Institute in 2016 where she offers certification for Eating Disorder Coaches, continuing education for professionals, as well as other training courses.

Webinar Overview: In 1996, after 15 years in private practice and running various hospital eating disorder programs, therapist, Carolyn Costin, recovered herself from anorexia, recognized a gap in the eating disorder field and founded Monte Nido, the first licensed, residential eating disorder treatment facility in the U.S. and likely the world. Monte Monte Nido expanded to several facilities across the U.S. and became a world renown treatment center. Currently residential treatment facilities are ubiquitous in America and beginning to arise in other countries. In this webinar, Carolyn Costin will discuss what residential treatment is and what are the important and unique features that distinguish it from a hospital program. She will explain the important characteristics, aspects, policies and procedures that should be included in residential care to ensure the best treatment for the appropriate patients. Ms Costin, who has been asked to help open eating disorder facilities in other countries, will discuss her experience of developing and running Monte Nido for 22 years. Topics will include the need for an overall mission statement and philosophy, hiring and training staff, the importance of a level system and weekly contracting of goals , as well as the need for individualized care. Carolyn will also discuss Monte Nido’s important 1-10 year outcome study showing the efficacy of residential treatment.

Grant success: Strategies for early career researchers

Presenters:

  • Professor Phillipa Hay, Leading Mental Health Researcher
  • Trevor Steward, NHRMC/MRFF Fellow, University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Tuesday 16 February (1 hour duration)
7pm New Zealand; 5pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 4pm QLD; 4.30pm SA; 3.30pm NT; 2pm WA. SEE YOUR LOCAL TIME HERE

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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.

Trevor Steward is a NHRMC/MRFF Fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. His research focuses on using ultra high-field 7T 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.

Webinar Overview: With increasingly high competition for research funding, we consider how students and early career researchers can increase their chances of securing grants. This webinar features a panel of successful grant recipients and mentors to early career researchers, who will offer their expertise in preparing a successful grant application. This talk will offer an overview of various strategies covering all stages of grant writing. The talk will be particularly relevant for students and early career researchers. The panel will be open to questions towards the end of the webinar.

Genes, Environment, and Eating Disorders: What the Clinician Needs to Know

Presenter: Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Karolinska Institutet

Thursday 4 March (1 hour duration)
12pm New Zealand; 10am NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 9am QLD; 9.30am SA; 8.30am NT; 7am WA. SEE YOUR LOCAL TIME HERE

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Clinical psychologist Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED is the Founding Director of the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also Professor of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Bulik received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed internships and post-doctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Bulik has developed eating disorders programs in New Zealand, the United States, and Sweden and has active collaborations all over the world. She has published more than 600 papers and 50 chapters on eating disorders. She is author of seven books including Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop, The Woman in the Mirror, Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery, and Binge Control: A Compact Recovery Guide.

 

Webinar Overview: The past 10 years have seen rapid acceleration of our understanding of how genes and environment act and interact in influencing risk for eating disorders. The Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI) is currently rolling out across the globe. But how do we integrate this emerging scientific information into our understanding of how some people are more vulnerable to developing eating disorders than others? How can clinicians incorporate information about genetics into their case conceptualizations and clinical work? Where is this research leading us? This presentation will distill the current state of knowledge and address these critical questions. Learning Objectives – After hearing this talk, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic principles of genome-wide association studies.
  2. Develop new ways to discuss genetics with patients and families.
  3. Understand the ways in which genes and environment at and interact to influence risk for eating disorders.

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