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 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.

Feedback from the program has been overwhelmingly positive and some of the comments included in the evaluation forms from delegates include;

Excellent program - which is all you need!

“Scott Griffiths was very interesting. Liz Rieger was also great, Tri Cao very inspiring and Kate Purcell and Ingrid Montgomery with lived experiences”

“Each and every speaker was exceptionally passionate about their area and extremely open to other's 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

The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s 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.

We look forward to your involvement and support of the 2016 Conference. The destination and date will be announced in the coming weeks.

The conference committee would like to thank our 2015 speakers and our discussion panellists.

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  

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

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.