Important Dates

  • Abstracts open: September 3rd, 2014

  • Abstracts close: 28th February 2015

  • Notification to Authors: 14th March 2015

  • Author Acceptances: 28th March 2015

  • Draft Program available: 4th April 2015

Close of Early Bird – 17 April 2015

Registration Open

Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference 2014



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Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference 2014

The 2nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, May 18-19, 2015.

The 2015 conference continues to builds on last year progress of finding common ground between Eating Disorders and Obesity. The conference will cover assessment, prevention, treatment and recovery. Eating disorders and obesity are becoming more prevalent in Australia and require our urgent attention.

According to NEDC Eating disorders are estimated to affect approximately 9% of the population, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa affect between 2% and 4% of the population and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) may account for up to an additional 5% of the population and Up to 20% of females may have undiagnosed eating disorders. The impact of Eating Disorders will have major health policy and societal impacts too according to North side Clinic eating disorders are affect approximately 500,000 Australians each year.

Obesity Policy Coalition says that studies show that between 1985 and 1997 the combined rate of overweight and obesity in Australia doubled and obesity among young Australians (7–15 years) trebled. Currently one in three Australian adults and one in four Australian children are overweight and obese.


2014 Event Feedback

This year’s event was a tremendous success with the program including 10 keynote presenters, 40 session presentations, 4 optional workshops and poster presentations over two days. Feedback from the program has been overwhelmingly positive and some of the comments included in the evaluation form from delegates include;

Fantastic programme - very practical and great to have obesity and eating disorders talked about in the same forum

it was so good to have presentations extend beyond just eating disorders and body image to include obesity and the complexity underlying disordered eating and some bariatric clients. Great to have the research into food addictions

2015 Conference

The 2015 Conference will explore contemporary best practice, multidisciplinary care and research into the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and treatments relating to eating disorders and obesity. It bought together clinical practitioners, mental health experts and public health administrators and academics from Australia, New Zealand, the USA and South East Asia.

Confirmed Speakers 2015

  • Professor Phillippa Hay, University of Western Sydney
  • Dr Elizabeth Rieger, Australian National University
  • Mr Scott Griffiths, University of Sydney
  • Christine Morgan, CEO, the Butterfly Foundation; National Director, the National Eating Disorders Collaboration
  • Professor John Dixon, Monash University
  • Dr Tri Cao, Montague Farm Medical Centre

Invited Keynotes 2015

  • The Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health and Sport


  • Professor Jonathan Mond, Australian National University
  • Professor Peta Stapleton, Bond University
  • Dr Jimmy Louie, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Brian Oldfield, Monash University  

Conference Streams

  • Mental Health, Eating Disorders & Food Addiction
  • Treatment & Recovery
  • Health Consequences
  • Research
  • Prevention
  • Assessment & Screening
  • Dietitian
  • Special Populations
  • Comorbidity: Obesity and Mental Health
  • Obesity Health Issues
  • Mental Health
  • Open


  • National Health Consequences of Obesity
  • Obesity & Diabetes
  • Anorexia
  • Binge Eating
  • Comorbidity of Eating Disorders
  • Treating Children and Teens with Eating Disorders
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Treating Males with eating disorders and body image issues
  • Exercise Psychologist
  • Mental Health and Eating Disorders
  • Best Practice Treatment clinical case studies
  • Panel Discussion on Multi-disciplinarian approach to Eating Disorders treatment

Who Should Attend

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

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.