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Eating Disorders in the Peripartum

Presenters: Susan Roberts & Aleshia Ellis
Chair: Jessica Ryan

Date: Thursday 8 December 2022
Time: 1.00pm AEDT (1-hour duration)
3pm New Zealand; 1pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, 12:30pm SA, 11.30pm NT, 12pm QLD; 10am WA
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Webinar Overview: Pregnancy and the transition to parenthood is a time of great physiological, emotional and social change. For women with pre-existing eating disorder or disordered eating this time in their life can be very challenging. There may be significant risks to pregnancy and foetal wellbeing, risks related to relapse and comorbid mental health disorders. This presentation will review recent literature, and present views from women with lived experience about their pregnancy and early parenting journey. We will also present emerging research from our experience of managing mothers on an inpatient mother and baby unit and the development of an online education module on the assessment and management of eating disorders in the peripartum.

Dr Susan Roberts has been working in the field of perinatal mental health for the past 25 years. She currently works as a perinatal psychiatrist at the Gold Coast University Hospital assessing and managing women from preconception through to the first postpartum year while supporting maternity, midwifery and child health services in their management of mothers, their infants and their families. Susan is also the Clinical Lead of Lavender Mother and Baby Unit.

Aleshia Ellis is a Senior Dietitian who has been working in Mental Health and Eating Disorders for over 10 years, across various health services and settings. She currently works in the community-based Adult Eating Disorder Program (AEDP) and the Lavender Mother & Baby inpatient Mental Health Unit, within the Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service. She led the development and implementation of novel a Brief Intervention Pathway program and is currently writing a research paper in this area. She has a special interest in eating disorders in the peripartum and is currently undertaking research in this area also.

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