3rd Annual Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

The 3rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Mantra on View, Gold Coast from the 16 – 17 May 2016.

The Conference Program will feature profound, positive presentations on best practice approaches for the prevention, treatment and management of Eating Disorders and Obesity issues of the current day.

The Conference will create a unified voice 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. This helps the sector to adapt and work together to ensure an all-encompassing approach to improve the health benefits for those affected with obesity and eating disorders.

You will gain insights from engaging, knowledgeable experts offering practical solutions to inspire behavioural change using new tools and attend workshops hosted by optimistic, action orientated leaders in their field to bring about inspiring positive change.

Damon Gameau announced as Guest


Star of That Sugar Film, Damon Gameau will be In Discussion.

Since its release in February 2015, the film has gone on to become the  highest grossing Australian cinema documentary of all time. What was initially one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar has now become an advocacy aimed at empowering consumers around the world to make healthier food choices and focusing on the dangers of a high sugar diet.

The That Sugar Film phenomenon now promotes its message through websites, blogs and twitter, a cookbook, and a free smartphone app that allows users to track their sugar consumption. To be interviewed by our Conference Chair, Assistant Professor Tara Diversi, the focus on the conversation with Damon will be on the impact of the film and social media to promote behavioural change.

Share your knowledge and insight whilst offering researched and practical solutions to inspire behavioural change.

Abstracts are being sought under:
Prevention: effective and appropriate solutions.  This stream will look at how eating disorders and obesity can be prevented at a primary level.  What is or isn’t working?
Treatments: early intervention and management.  Presenters will have the opportunity to discuss what treatments are available; how accessible these are to patients and new approaches to sustained behavioural change.
Research and Assessment:  speakers are to address their latest research into eating disorders and obesity. Original research trials are encouraged.
e-Health, technology and social media:  with the prevalence of technology and social media; how is this affecting positively or negatively on eating disorders and obesity.
Implementation of programs and strategies:  present case studies on outcomes of programs and strategies targeting obesity and eating disorders.
Psychological and physical effects:  this stream will look at the psychological and physical effects an eating disorder and obesity has on the patient, family, employment and relationships.
Promotion and services: child, youth and family.  What services exist and how are these promoted to children, youth and families? Are we recognising vulnerable groups in society and is enough being done to support them?
Diabetes: screening, prevention, care delivery and economic aspects.
Health Promotion: practice and research.  Is the media presenting healthy living practices?  How are we as health promoters getting the message across?

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

2016 Confirmed Keynotes

Invited Keynotes

  • Dr Chris Zappala, President AMA Queensland (invited to deliver opening address)

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 and by profound and positive speakers
  • Learn key skills needed for ensuring the future
  • Learn how to make a positive difference
  • All delegates who attend have access to archived educational material from previous conferences

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

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