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Important Dates

  • Abstracts open: 3 September 2014
  • Abstracts close: 28 February 2015
  • Notification to Authors: 9 March 2015
  • Author Acceptances: 16 March 2015
  • Draft Program available: 20 March 2015
  • Full papers are due Tuesday 7 April, 2015
  • Close of Early Bird – 17 April 2015

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Conference Proceedings 2014

Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference 2014

The 2nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, May 18-19, 2015.

The Conference will explore contemporary best practice, multidisciplinary care and research into the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and treatments relating to eating disorders and obesity. It will bring together clinical practitioners, mental health experts and public health administrators and academics from Australia, New Zealand, the USA and South East Asia. It will cover assessment, prevention, treatment and recovery.

According to NEDC Eating disorders are estimated to affect approximately 9% of the population, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa affect between 2% and 4% of the population and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) may account for up to an additional 5% of the population and Up to 20% of females may have undiagnosed eating disorders. The impact of Eating Disorders will have major health policy and societal impacts too according to North side Clinic eating disorders are affect approximately 500,000 Australians each year.

Obesity Policy Coalition says that studies show that between 1985 and 1997 the combined rate of overweight and obesity in Australia doubled and obesity among young Australians (7–15 years) trebled. Currently one in three Australian adults and one in four Australian children are overweight and obese.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers plus 40 Concurrent Presentations

Tri Cao Dr Tri Cao, MBBS, FRACGP, SCOPE- IASO (Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education) World Obesity Federation (formerly IASO) - Montague Farm Medical Centre
Dixon Professor John Dixon MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, FRCP Edin, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor, Primary Care Research Unit, Monash University, Head of Clinical Obesity Research, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Head of Weight Assessment & Management Clinic, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Monash University
Griffiths Mr Scott Griffiths, PhD Candidate, School of Psychology - Faculty of Science
The University of Sydney
Hay Professor Phillippa Hay, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, James Cook University
Editor-in-Chief Journal of Eating Disorders
Morgan Christine Morgan,Chief Executive Officer, The Butterfly Foundation & National Director
The National Eating Disorders Collaboration
Riger Dr Elizabeth Rieger, Associate Professor/Clinical Psychologist, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University

Panel Discussion

Health at Every Size – Godsend or Curse?

The Moderator
Helena Popovic Dr Helena Popovic,
CEO & Founder, Winning at Slimming
The Panel
Louise Adams Ms Louise Adams,
MAPS, Clinical Psychologist, Founder, Treat Yourself Well Sydney
Tara Diversi Assistant Professor Tara Diversi,
Bond University, Nutrition and Dietetics
Jonathan Mond Professor Jonathan Mond,
Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University
Anne Thea McGill Dr Anne-Thea McGill, PhD. BSc. MBChB. FRNZCGP,
Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
George Blair West Dr George Blair West,
Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, President of the Obesity Prevention and Treatment Society
Fiona Willer Ms Fiona Willer,
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Nutrition Sense


  • Professor Jonathan Mond, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University
  • Professor Peta Stapleton, Bond University
  • Dr Jimmy Louie, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Brian Oldfield, Monash University  

Conference Streams

  • Mental Health, Eating Disorders & Food Addiction
  • Treatment & Recovery
  • Health Consequences
  • Research
  • Prevention
  • Assessment & Screening
  • Dietitian
  • Special Populations
  • Comorbidity: Obesity and Mental Health
  • Obesity Health Issues
  • Mental Health
  • Open


  • National Health Consequences of Obesity
  • Obesity & Diabetes
  • Anorexia
  • Binge Eating
  • Comorbidity of Eating Disorders
  • Treating Children and Teens with Eating Disorders
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Treating Males with eating disorders and body image issues
  • Exercise Psychologist
  • Mental Health and Eating Disorders
  • Best Practice Treatment clinical case studies
  • Panel Discussion on Multi-disciplinarian approach to Eating Disorders treatment

Who Should Attend

  • Academics
  • Counsellors
  • Clinicians
  • Diabetes Educators
  • Dieticians
  • Exercise therapists
  • Family Physicians
  • Family Therapists
  • General Practitioners
  • Health educators/promoters
  • Healthcare policy makers
  • Mental Health professionals
  • Nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paediatricians
  • Physical activity specialists
  • Physical/occupational therapists
  • Physicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Research scientists
  • Self-help group facilitators
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Youth workers

Sponsors and Supporters

NEDC Journal of Eating Disorders EDA
The Sanctuary Noosa Confidential Heart Foundation ACYS
VOC DAA Bond University FoodTalk
CRCC Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

2014 Event Feedback

This year’s event was a tremendous success with the program including 10 keynote presenters, 40 session presentations, 4 optional workshops and poster presentations over two days. Feedback from the program has been overwhelmingly positive and some of the comments included in the evaluation form from delegates include;

Fantastic programme - very practical and great to have obesity and eating disorders talked about in the same forum

it was so good to have presentations extend beyond just eating disorders and body image to include obesity and the complexity underlying disordered eating and some bariatric clients. Great to have the research into food addictions

Abstract Submission

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.