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 was held at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast 7 – 8 August.

The conference focused 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.

Featured Speakers

  • Dr Evan Atlantis, Senior Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
  • Dr Blair Bowden MBBS, FRACS, General Surgeon specialising in bariatric and general laparoscopic surgery
  • Associate Professor Kevin Brooks,  Macquarie University
  • Dr Vinay Garbharran, MBBCh (Wits), FRANZCP, Cert. Child. Adol. Psych., Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Robina Private Hospital & Dr Kim Hurst, Psychologist, Robina Private Hospital
  • Professor Timothy Gill, University of Sydney, Professor of Public Health Nutrition & Research
  • Professor Andrew Hills, Professor of Sports and Exercise Science, University of Tasmania
  • Ms Christine Morgan, CEO, The Butterfly Foundation
  • A/Prof Matt Sabin, Director of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity; The Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Doctor Evelyn Smith, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Western Sydney University

Speaker Highlights - 2016 Conference

Professor Anna Peeters, School of Health and Social Development Deakin University
“The role of population prevention in reducing inequalities in obesity”

Dr Helena Popovic, Medical Practitioner, Winning at Slimming
“Fifty Shades
Of Sugar”

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

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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