4th Annual Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference


Eating Disorders and Obesity in the real world – seeking practical solutions

The 2017 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference is being held at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast 7 – 8 August.

The conference focuses on the specific issues of eating disorders and obesity, the co-relationship within the context of mental health, the challenges surrounding public health in our current and future population and the role of physical health in maintaining our positive wellbeing.

Subject topics to be addressed include dietary approach, understanding attitudes, health promotion, making and breaking habits, psychological strategies, weight management and mental illness in addition to therapies, research, programs, case studies, trends and treatments.

Hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, the 2017 Program will include presentations from Feature Speakers, multiple specialist sector speakers within concurrent streams, panel discussions and poster presentations.

Invited Featured Speakers

  • Associate Professor Kevin Brooks – Macquarie University
  • Professor Andrew Hills – Professor of Sports and Exercise Science, University of Tasmania
  • Professor Timothy Gill – University of Sydney, Professor of Public Health Nutrition & Research
  • Doctor Evelyn Smith – Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Human Behaviour, Western Sydney University
  • Dr Rick Kausman – Medical Doctor, and the Australian pioneer of the person-centred approach to wellbeing, healthy weight and lifestyle balance
  • Dr Blair Bowden MBBS, FRACS – General Surgeon specialising in bariatric and general laparoscopic surgery
  • Professor Loiuse Baur –  Professor of Child & Adolescent Health, Associate Dean and Head, The Children’s Hospital, Westmead Clinical School
  • Dr Vinay Garbharran – Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Queensland Health
  • Dr Evan Atlantis – Senior Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
  • A/Prof Matt Sabin – Director of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity; The Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Taryn Brumfitt – Founder, Body Image Movement, Film Maker, Author and Public Speaker

Abstract Submission NOW OPEN

Speakers are encouraged to submit Abstracts focusing on Eating Disorders and Obesity within the following contexts:

  1. Body Image
  2. Intervention
  3. Environmental Context
  4. Treatment Options
  5. Gut Health
  6. Health Promotion and Prevention

The Conference Advisory Committee would like to thank our 2016 Keynote Speakers:


CLOSES 26 May 2017


Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

At a Glance


  • 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 Therapists
  • Cccupational therapists
  • Physicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Research scientists
  • Self-help group facilitators
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Youth workers

Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

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