The purpose of a credentialing system for eating disorders is to help people with eating disorders, their families and supports get the treatment they need when they need it. A credentialing system will recognise clinicians who have the knowledge, training and professional development to treat eating disorders safely and effectively.
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 recently made at the International Conference on Eating Disorders.
After over six months of consultation with the eating disorders community and wider health sector, NEDC has published a consultation report which outlines our findings.
Over 650 people from around Australia, including regional and remote locations and all states and territories, were part of the consultation activities. This includes over 200 people with lived experience and over 400 clinicians.
We found that most people with lived experience and most health professionals felt that the benefits of a credentialing system outweigh the risks and that a credentialing system is seen as increasing the quality and consistency of treatment as well as timely access to care. We also found:
- People with lived experience and professionals indicated they would use a credentialing system;
- People with lived experience and professionals were in agreement over which criteria are most important to consider when credentialing professionals; however there were varying views regarding the level at which each criterion should be set;
- Introductory level training in eating disorders was considered paramount;
- Professionals had concerns about the validity and practicality of criteria for the credential and how criteria would be measured;
- Professionals articulated the need for adequate availability of, and access to, training and supervision regardless of profession, location or setting in order for a national credentialing system to be effective;
- Professionals believed high financial costs could be a deterrent for clinicians applying to be credentialed;
- Promotion of, and support for a credentialing system through organisations will be imperative;
- A credentialing website with varied options to filter providers was viewed as empowering for people living with eating disorders and their families.
Access a copy here or from the document menu at the right of the screen.
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 find the treatment they need when they need it.
The system isn’t set up yet. Check back here for more information about credentialing as it becomes available.
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 show 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 email@example.com.