The 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club over 27-28 September.

Joining us at this year’s conference is Ms Julia Hunt, Eating Disorders Clinician at the Body Image & Eating Disorder Treatment & Recovery Service who will present on ‘Changing Perceptions of Anorexia Nervosa. The prevalence of Atypical AN in a Community Eating Disorder Service.’


Background: Referrals and presentations to eating disorder services are becoming increasingly diverse with many clients presenting clinically with a normal to high range BMI, including those indicative of obesity, whilst exhibiting significant eating disorder features and behaviours. This requires services to be adaptable and flexible to meet the needs of a population that do not fit into traditional models of care and treatment pathways.

Objective: To discuss and compare the number of cases presenting to the Body Image and Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery Service (BETRS) of Atypical Anorexia Nervosa, since the classification in DSM 5, in relation to other subtypes and in the context of presentation, service access, and markers of severity, including BMI, illness duration, and EDE-Q scores. This data will be collated from assessment questionnaires and screening tools completed upon entry to service.

Method: Patients who have received treatment at the Body Image and Eating disorder Treatment and Recovery Service (BETRS) have been assessed for diagnosis, markers of disease severity and psychological symptomatology. Comparisons will be made between subtypes of AN diagnosis, including AN restrictive subtype, AN binge-purge subtype and AN atypical subtype. Efficacy and implications for practice of current treatment options for AN-atypical will be discussed.

Significance: Discussion will focus on the prevalence of presentations of AN atypical subtype to BETRS and the subsequent implications for practice. How do services, both specialist and mainstream health services, meet the needs of and respond to clients presenting with significant features of illness and a higher BMI or who are diagnostically overweight, and what are the implications for assessment, screening, access to services and treatment?

Key learnings:
1. Highlighting a growing prevalence in presentations of Atypical AN.
2. Implications for treatment, assessment, screening, practice change.
3. Improving access, response and treatment outcomes for clients presenting with Atypical AN and Obesity.


I am a credentialed mental health nurse and have worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne since 2010. I have experience in a range of clinical roles, including acute inpatient psychiatry, community case management, crisis assessment and treatment service and emergency department mental health. I currently work in both Consultation & Liaison Psychiatry and at the Body Image & Eating Disorders Treatment & Recovery Service as an Eating Disorders Clinician. I have particular interest in Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating disorders, especially in a general hospital setting.

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