3rd Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

The Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will continue for its 3rd year, as we come together to address effective Collaboration, Education and Innovation across the common domains of Eating Disorders and Obesity.

Hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, the Conference will be held at Mantra on View, Gold Coast from the 16 – 17 May 2016 in a new era of collaboration, information sharing and professional networking.

The Conference will create a unified voice while attracting delegates from a wide range of backgrounds including clinical practitioners, mental health experts, public health administrators and academics to discuss and learn from each other. It is important the sector adapts and works together to ensure an all-encompassing approach to improve the health benefits for those affected with obesity and eating disorders.

With a common goal across both industries, there is an opportunity to collaborate and learn. This will be highlighted in the Program with a diverse range of topics addressing both areas. These include:

  • Prevention: effective and appropriate solutions
  • Treatments: early intervention and management
  • Research and Assessment
  • e-Health, technology and social media
  • Implementation of programs and strategies
  • Psychological effects
  • Physical effects
  • Promotion and services: child, youth and family
  • Targeted services for vulnerable groups
  • Diabetes screening, prevention, care delivery and economic aspects
  • Health Promotion: practice and research

Delegates will have access to a comprehensive Program including Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Posters.

Program Highlights

The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn. The program will include:

  • Keynote presentations by renowned speakers
  • Concurrent sessions, workshops and panel sessions
  • Networking Functions
  • Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
  • Poster Presentations
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the Conference

Why You Should Attend

  • Be exposed to new and innovating ideas and ways of thinking
  • Network with your peers and leaders in their fields
  • Be inspired
    • by an optimistic, action orientated group of people by
    • profound and positive speakers
  • Learn key skills needed for ensuring the future
  • Learn how to make a positive difference

Who Should Attend
This Conference will appeal to all medical and healthcare professionals who are interested in the assessment and treatment of people with eating disorders or obesity and who would like to learn more about the very latest developments in this field.

These will include:

  • 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
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Youth workers

Program Committee

  • Assistant Professor Tara Diversi, Nutrition and Dietetics, Bond University
  • Professor John Dixon, Head, Clinical Obesity Research, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Baker IDI
  • Kelly Gall, Health Psychologist
  • Dr Jonathan Mond, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University
  • Professor Peta Stapleton, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University

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2016 Confirmed Keynotes

  • Professor Clare Collins, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
  • Associate Professor Tim Crowe, Lecturer in Nutrition, Deakin University 
  • Professor Russell Keast, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University
  • Professor Tracey Wade,  Dean, School of Psychology, Flinders University

Invited Keynotes

  • Professor Ian Caterson AM, President, World Obesity Federation
  • The Hon Cameron Dick MP, Minister for Health, Qld Government (invited to deliver opening address)
  • Associate Professor Matt Sabin, Consultant Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

2015 Delegate Feedback

Excellent program – which is all you need!

Each and every speaker was exceptionally passionate about their area and extremely open to others’ ideas and comments. Honestly, everyone inspired me.

I think the overall diversity was excellent, and the 30 minute sessions were a very good idea

As a Dietitian I found the food EXCELLENT! I think they catered well for the people attending the conference with nice healthy food choices

What happened at the 2015 Conference?

The 2nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference was held at Outrigger Surfers Paradise from 18 – 19 May 2015.

The conference theme, Finding Common Ground was a remarkable success with the program including 6 keynote presenters and 40 session presentations over two days.

The Conference explored contemporary best practice, multidisciplinary care and research into the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and treatments relating to eating disorders and obesity. It brought together clinical practitioners, mental health experts and public health administrators and academics from Australia, New Zealand, the USA and South East Asia.

The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association would like to thank all of those who participated in the conference; the speakers who provided very beneficial, powerful and thought-provoking presentations, the dedicated efforts of our sponsors and supporters and our dedicated Committee members.  Without the huge efforts of those involved this event would certainly not be possible.

The Conference Committee would like to thank our 2015 Keynote Speakers and our discussion panellists.

Tri-Cao_t Dr Tri Cao, MBBS, FRACGP, SCOPE- IASO (Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education) World Obesity Federation (formerly IASO) – Montague Farm Medical Centre
John-Dixon_t 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
Scott-Griffiths_t Mr Scott Griffiths, PhD Candidate, School of Psychology – Faculty of Science, The University of Sydney
Hay20122_t Professor Phillippa Hay, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, James Cook University, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Eating Disorders
Christine-Morgan_t Christine Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, The Butterfly Foundation & National Director, The National Eating Disorders Collaboration
Elizabeth-Rieger_t Dr Elizabeth Rieger, Associate Professor/Clinical Psychologist, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University


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