National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

The 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference celebrated five years of education and awareness and featured Australia and New Zealand’s leading clinical practitioners, academics, and health experts.

Industry professionals (and future professionals) had the chance to network, share research, projects and formulate ideas for change to provide the best possible outcome for those in the realms of eating disorder and obesity treatment, awareness and prevention.

A huge thank you to our keynote speakers, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors for making the 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference a success.

Stay tuned for updates.



Conference Partner

About the Conference

A Team Approach

Focuses on the actions required by each discipline to diagnose, educate, prevent, treat and develop recovery programs

Practical Solutions

With a serious public health concern comes the urgent need for practical solutions

Educational Program

We deliver two days of educational programming of keynotes, concurrent experts and posters


Guests engage with our product and service providers and learn from industry champions

Confirmed Featured Speakers 2018

  • Dr Peta Stapleton – Clinical & Health Psychologist  Program Director – Clinical Masters of Psychology, Associate Professor, School of Psychology Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University

  • Dr Amy Talbot, Director & Senior Clinical Psychologist, The Talbot Centre

  • Ms Nicole Gibson, CEO, The Rogue and Rouge Foundation

  • Professor Timothy Gill, Professor of Public Health Nutrition & Research, University of Sydney

  • Dr Milan Piya, Senior Lecturer in Diabetes, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University

  • Mr Chris Thornton, Clinical Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist, The Redleaf Practice

  • Dr Susan de Jersey, Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Principal Research Fellow Allied Health- Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

  • Professor Marj Moodie, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Invited Featured Speakers 2018

  • Ms Jane Martin, Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition

Program Committee

  • Ms Kelly Gall, Health and Clinical Psychologies, Healthy Inside & Out

  • Dr Evelyn Smith, Senior Lecturer, Clinical Psychology, Western Sydney University

  • Ms Christine Morgan, CEO & National Director, National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) & Butterfly Foundation

  • Dr Kimberley Mallan, Lecturer, Australian Catholic University


We found the 2017 Conference, an excellent platform to share our latest research on a critically needed new and innovative adolescent and young adult Eating Disorder Day Program. Overall day programs are less restrictive and more cost effective than hospitalisation and are an important component of a comprehensive service, intensive group and individual treatment occurs while allowing the patient to continue some degree of educational/vocational and family life, resulting in reduced dependency, control issues and the stigma associated with hospitalisation.

We shared this with over 165 plus organisations and individual specialists including dieticians, GPs, counsellors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, practice nurses, sports medicine practitioners, therapists and academics. The message is clear, recovery from an eating disorder is possible and at various points throughout this journey the intensity for treatment needs to match the strength of the illness.

Dr Kim Hurst, Psychologist, Clinical Lead Eating Disorders, Robina Private Hospital, HealtheCare.

Conference Topics

  • Multidisciplinary teams, managing Obesity & Eating Disorder patients
  • Treatment – Eating Disorders & Obesity
  • Considerations for Eating Disorders & Obesity Treatment
  • Eating Disorders, evidence based research and solutions
  • Obesity, evidence based research and solutions
  • Body Image
  • Open

Program 2018

8.30 – 8.45am Conference Opening Session & Speed Networking Session
8.45 -10.30am Keynote Session
10.30 – 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00 – 12.30pm Workshops
12.30 – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15 – 2.50pm Concurrent Sessions
2.50 – 3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3.15 – 5.00pm Community Dialogue
5.00 – 6.30pm Networking Function
9.00-10.30am Keynote Session
10.30 – 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00 – 12.30pm Concurrent Sessions
12.30 – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15 – 2.45pm Workshops
2.45 – 3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3.15 – 4.30pm Keynote Session & Conference Closing

This year’s Conference is expected to welcome delegates comprising of the following:

  • Academics
  • Counsellors
  • Clinicians
  • Diabetes Educators
  • Dieticians
  • Exercise Therapists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Family Physicians
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Family Therapists
  • General Practitioners
  • Health Educators/Promoters
  • Healthcare Policy Makers
  • Nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paediatricians
  • Physical Activity Specialists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Research Scientists
  • Self-help Group Facilitators
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers
  • Youth Workers

Conference Partners 2018