Dr Beth Shelton is National Director of the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC), leading a team which develops and implements consistent national standards for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.
Dr Shelton is a psychologist with a private practice in Melbourne, working with individuals with eating disorders and their families and a consultant and educator in the areas of eating disorders and body image.
Dr Shelton is past president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. She worked for more than a decade at The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) providing complex case consultation, training and service development in Victorian mental health services. She developed and led an innovative community early intervention program at Monash Link Community Health Service and was senior clinician/coordinator of the adult outpatient team of Monash Health’s eating disorder treatment service. Recent projects include leading the implementation of Multi-Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa in Victoria, and early intervention projects at the Australian Ballet and the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Dr Shelton has a distinguished professional history in contemporary dance and is interested in the role of movement and body experience in evidence-based interventions for disordered eating and body dissatisfaction.
Dr Sarah Trobe is NEDC’s National Manager and project manager on the credentialing project, a joint initiative with ANZAED. Sarah is a clinical psychologist and has held clinical positions at the Royal Children’s Hospital and private practice as well as working with The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) with a focus on service development, case consultation, multidisciplinary care coordination, and education and training provision.
Sarah’s interests lie in the link between physical health and mental health and current care structures in this field, and she is passionate about setting up strong treatment networks and systems across the country.
Hilary Smith is NEDC’s National Manager and lead for our work with First Nations people as well as Peer Work. Hilary has worked in health and human services for over 20 years in service delivery, management, policy, strategy, sector development and business development roles.
Hilary holds a Master of Health Promotion and has a keen interest in health equity and preventative health action across systems and sectors. Hilary is particularly interested in understanding how social determinants of health can prevent eating disorders at both the individual and population level.
Louise Dougherty is NEDC’s Strategy and Policy Lead, working primarily to lead the development of a new national strategy for eating disorders. Louise has a public health research background and has led a number of applied research projects on systems change, with a particular focus on improving access to healthcare and reducing health inequities. She has previously held research positions at the University of New South Wales and Sydney Local Health District.
Louise is passionate about contributing to the development of an equitable and accessible system of care for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders for all Australians.
Bronwyn Scott is NEDC’s Primary Health Lead working with Australia’s Primary Health Networks to support their response to eating disorders. She has a lived experience of an eating disorder and knows firsthand the benefit of a multidisciplinary and coordinated approach to care. Her work builds strong and collaborative relationships that have multi-layered impact in the health system.
As an Accredited Practising Dietitian, her focus has been on the structures that support access to appropriate, affordable, and timely care particularly in issues relating to nutrition and health. Her clinical experience has included work in private practice, and in intensive outpatient programs for youth and adults experiencing eating disorders.
Dr Angelique Ralph is NEDC's Research Lead. She completed her PhD at the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney and has held research positions at the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney and in the School of Women and Children’s Health at the University of New South Wales.
She is passionate about research translation, that is, bridging the gap between knowledge and action through making high-quality research accessible and relevant to those who can use it. Angelique is also a clinical psychologist and has held clinical positions at the Peter Beumont Eating Disorder Service and Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
She currently works with people living with eating disorders in private practice and has a particular interest in working with adults with severe and enduring eating disorders, people with higher weight and people with comorbid chronic conditions.
Dr Emma Spiel (she/her) is NEDC’s Workforce Development Coordinator and is co-leading the credentialing project implementation phase, a joint initiative with ANZAED. Emma has lived experience of recovery from an eating disorder and is deeply motivated to help build systems and services that support all people experiencing or at risk of an eating disorder to receive the care they need.
Emma is a clinical psychologist and has held clinical and supervisory positions across private and public settings. She was the Adult Services lead at The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) during which time she led projects and activities aimed at supporting sustainable, integrated and evidence-informed service development initiatives within the public mental health sector. Emma is particularly interested in supporting initiatives deigned to enhance access and quality of care for underrepresented and at-risk groups.
Emily Hardman is NEDC’s Clinical Resource Project Coordinator. She is the project lead for NEDC’s evidence-based open access online introductory training, and over the past year has been leading the development of Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs. Emily is passionate about building an interested and skilled eating disorder workforce to support access to treatment and recovery outcomes for people experiencing eating disorders.
Emily is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a background working as a clinical dietitian in mental health and private practice. She has experience providing care and treatment to people with eating disorders and body image issues, and their families and supports.
Ellen te Riele-Weber is NEDC's Project Support, Admin & Events Coordinator. Her organisational skills, eye for detail and wide experience are essential to the team as her role covers a range of projects. She is passionate about supporting a diverse and healthy lifestyle.
Helen Johnson is NEDC's Communications Coordinator. She has extensive media experience including in newspapers, magazines and online. She is dedicated to increasing understanding in the community about eating disorders, breaking down stigma and helping families recover.