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Break the silence on eating disorders

You’re invited to join the conversation at the 3rd Annual NEDC National Workshop

22nd to 23rd August 2012 at Crowne Plaza, Adelaide

International keynote speakers  evidence sharing  professional development  interactive workshops

Eating disorders occur in both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, and from all cultural backgrounds. About one in 10 Australians has an eating disorder and the rate is increasing.

The National Workshop brings together experts in mental health, health promotion, education, research and the media, as well as those with a lived experience of an eating disorder to share evidence and discuss strategic priorities for improving approaches to prevention and treatment of eating disorders in Australia. This is your opportunity to get involved.

Day one
Leading international and Australian experts:

Prof Pat McGorry, 2010 Australian of the Year; Chair of the NEDC; Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health (OYH)
Prof Howard Steiger - Director of the Eating Disorders Program, Douglas Institute, Canada
Prof Mimi Israel - Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Canada

Keynote Address: Prof. Howard Steiger

"Genes, Family and the Environment in Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa: DNA, TLC or MTV?”
When someone developed an eating disorder (ED), it used to seem obvious that family interactions were the culprits. The pendulum swung, and it seemed like biology (activated by starvation) was responsible, and that the solution was to get the affected person to “just eat”. Recent evidence points to the importance, in the EDs, of the activation of diverse genetic susceptibilities by diverse environmental risks (perinatal stresses, childhood stresses, current stresses, and stresses due to dieting). This talk reviews evidence suggesting that chances of developing an ED (and associated symptoms) are influenced by effects of genetic factors, life stresses (including obstetric complications, developmental difficulties and current hassles), psychological traits, and in the end—dieting. New genetic and “epi-genetic” findings move us towards a better understanding of how EDs develop, of why some people respond rapidly to treatment and others more slowly and, most importantly, of what we need to understand better to more effectively help people recover from an ED. This talk is designed to introduce people (professionals and nonprofessionals alike) to the new science of Epigenetics, and to the contribution it can make to the understanding and treatment of eating disorders.

Keynote Address: Prof. Mimi Israel

How person-centered approaches can transform health-care service organization and delivery for Eating Disorders

Person-centred care relies on forging meaningful partnerships between health service providers, and those who need care. Person-centred approaches recognize the importance of social contexts, resilience and individual preferences, and choices, in developing effective interventions that promote wellness. Recent models of health care delivery also advocate for an active role of patients and their families in illness prevention and health promotion and emphasize population health improvement along a continuum that ranges from primary prevention to the management of chronic conditions. This talk discusses how a person-centred approach can be used to develop an integrated network that addresses the complex needs of people with Eating Disorders (ED), and their families. The proposed model advocates for close collaborations between first-line services, specialized programs, and community-based organisations to create a system that optimizes prevention, early detection, and evidence-based treatment for EDs. Several components of the model will be illustrated using the experience of the Douglas Eating Disorders Program, a trans-disciplinary program that integrates care, teaching, and research and that plays a leadership role in the organization and delivery of services aimed at the needs of individuals affected by EDs in Quebec.

Day two
Professional development workshops including:

Once again the NEDC National Workshop will be held on the two days before the ANZAED conference so that you have the option of coming for an extended conference on eating disorders. Part of the event this year will also include the ACEDA Body Image Forum on 24th August.

The National Workshop is free. Book early to secure your space
Contact: Amy Fallon (02) 8004 5147 or amy@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

For more information about the professional development workshops on day two visit here.

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Howard Steiger Bio   (358KB)
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