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Important Dates

  • Abstracts open: 26th April 2013
  • Abstracts close: 28th February 2014
  • Notification to Authors: 14th March 2014
  • Author Acceptances: 28th March 2014
  • Draft Program available: 4th April 2014

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Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

A Shared Approach: assessment, prevention and treatment

Bringing together a new era of collaboration, information sharing and professional networking. The conference is being held from the 26th - 27th May 2014 at QT Hotel, Gold Coast.

Eating disorders, obesity and unhealthy dieting practices are a serious public health concern due to their high prevalence and adverse effects on psychological and physical health. The cost to the public health system is also of concern at all levels of Government and the Health Insurance sector. The increasing occurrence illustrates the urgent need to address the relationship between eating disorders and obesity, and other recommendations of health promoting activities.

Susan Yanovski, Director of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Program at the National Institutes of Diabetes in the USA told a conference audience "The eventual goal is not to think about obesity as a single problem, but to define the type of obesity with psychological and blood tests, and to weigh the genetic influences. Then we can target specific behavioural or pharmacological interventions". 

This conference will encompass contemporary best practice, multidisciplinary care and research into the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and treatments relating to eating disorders and obesity. It will also examine Government and Health Sector Initiatives.

It will bring together clinical practitioners, academics, mental health experts and public health administrators from Australasia.

Shared information will include;

• On-going Research and Outcomes
• New Knowledge Developments: programs and strategies
• Latest evidence and guidelines on early diagnosis and successful case management
• New Treatments
• Research Validation of Early Intervention Strategies
• Prevention Strategies: examine and review effectiveness
• Translational Research - from lab bench to the clinic and individual patient
• Discussion on Best Practice
• Government and Health Sector Initiatives

Opening Address

  • Dr Chris Davis MP, Assistant Minister for Health

Confirmed Keynotes

  • A/Prof Leah Brennan, Clinical and Health Psychologist
  • Ms Anita Cochrane, Clinical Psychologist (AHPRA), Accredited Practising Dietitian, LifePsyche Pty Ltd
  • Ms Kim Hurst, Senior Psychologist, Eating Disorder Program
  • Dr Vivienne Lewis, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Health, Canberra University
  • Jane Martin, Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition
  • Professor Nick Martin, Head, Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
  • Dr Jonathan Mond, Adjunct Associate Professor, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University
  • Christine Morgan, CEO, The Butterfly Foundation; National Director, The National Eating Disorders Collaboration
  • Professor Brian Oldfield, Professor, Department of Physiology, Monash University
  • Professor Steve Simpson, Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney


  • Ms Desi Achilleos Eating Disorders Association Queensland
  • Dr Vivienne Lewis Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Applied Psychology, University of Canberra
  • Jane Martin Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition
  • Professor Brian Oldfield Professor, Department of Physiology, Monash University 

Conference Streams

  • Assessment
  • Early Diagnosis and Patient Management
  • Research and Genetics
  • Treatment, Recovery and Maintenance
  • Prevention Strategies
  • Risk Factors
  • Life Cycle Factors
  • Surgical Solutions and Outcomes
  • Nutrition, Lifestyle and Exercise
  • Body Image and Self Esteem
  • Social Media
  • Open Topic


Who Should Attend

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

Australian Community Workers Association CPD Endorsement


    Day 1 - (26 May 2014)
    CPD points allocated: 6
    Day 2 - (27 May 2014)   
    CPD points allocated: 6
    Day 1 & 2 (26/27 May 2014)
    CPD points allocated: 12


Delegates will have access to an extensive range of topics over a comprehensive 2 day program including Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Posters. A book of proceedings and presenter podcasts will be available to delegates after the conference. Program  now available