The purpose of a credentialing system for eating disorders is to help people with eating disorders, their families and supports locate the treatment they need when they need it, and to enhance the effectiveness and consistency of eating disorder treatment for eating disorders in Australia. A credentialing system will formally recognise clinicians who have the knowledge, training and professional development profile to meet minimum standards for delivery of safe and effective eating disorder treatment. It is designed to support treatment across all levels of the stepped system of care, from first response and early intervention through to intensive treatment settings.
NEDC has partnered with the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) to scope, develop, test, pilot and implement a system of credentialing for eating disorders in Australia. This is a three-year project.
On this page you will find regular updates and other relevant information.
See the video below for a presentation NEDC and ANZAED made at the International Conference on Eating Disorders.
Practice and Training Standards
We congratulate ANZAED on the recent publication of the Eating Disorder Treatment Principles and General Clinical Practice and Training Standards, and the Practice and Training Standards for mental health professionals and dietitians providing eating disorders treatment. Alongside the NEDC Workforce Core Competencies, the Standards provide a foundation for strengthening the workforce and bringing eating disorder treatment closer to best practice.
In 2019-2020 NEDC with ANZAED led an in-depth, national consultation process including 48 separate consultation meetings and an online survey. In total, nearly 900 participants were involved. Participants included clinicians working in regional, rural, and remote areas, general practitioners, psychiatrists, private practice clinicians, early career clinicians, business owners in the private sector, public sector service leaders, eating disorder sector leaders, key professional organisations, and people with lived experience and families and supports. There was overwhelming support from those with lived experience and eating disorders professionals for the implementation of a credentialing system. Please read ‘A credentialing system for eating disorder treatment in Australia: Consultation report’ for further information.
NEDC and ANZAED are working with eating disorder training providers to align training with the core competencies, the clinical standards and the EDCC criteria. Further information regarding the credential criteria will be announced early in 2021.
Info for people seeking treatment, people with eating disorders, families and supports
Throughout our consultations with people with lived experience of eating disorders and their families, we have heard that the idea of a credentialing system is seen as a good thing. People with lived experience told us that a system of credentialing will increase the chances of a positive first contact with treatment providers, which is important in helping people to keep taking steps towards wellbeing and recovery.
The system isn’t set up yet. Here are some other avenues to help you find a treatment provider:
Info for clinicians
If you are a mental health professional or dietitian practicing in Australia, the credentialing system for eating disorders could be a way for you to get recognition for your knowledge, training and professional development in treating eating disorders and help people experiencing eating disorders to locate the right treatment at the right time, increasing the chance of timely intervention and positive treatment outcome. The criteria for the EDCC are built on the NEDC Workforce Core Competencies and the ANZAED Clinical Practice & Training Standards, which prescribe the minimum knowledge, practical skills and experience required of mental health and dietetic professionals to successfully respond, treat, and manage eating disorders, and constitute a basis for content of professional development and training. Considerations of safety and risk for the consumer have been central in the development of the EDCC criteria.
Further information for clinicians will be available soon. Check back here for more information about credentialing as it becomes available or become a member of NEDC to receive quarterly updates.
If you are interested in the credentialing system from the point of view of a clinician who wants to be able to refer to credentialed treatment providers, the system will be set up to make this easy for you, too. In the meantime, you can find links to eating disorder treatment providers at:
Info for training providers
Training will be a key component of the credentialing system, as clinicians will need to be able to demonstrate that they have completed relevant training as part of their application for a credential. It will be crucial to ensure that training providers have the information and materials they need to help their learners attain a credential. NEDC is presently consulting with training providers on how best to do this. If you deliver training in eating disorders to clinicians within Australia and would like to have input, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.