In addition to clinical experience, ongoing supervision, and continuing professional development, to be awarded the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential clinicians are required to complete two core trainings: introduction to eating disorders and treatment provision training. Treatment provision training consists of one evidence-based treatment model for mental health professionals and evidence-informed dietetic practice for dietitians.

In 2022, NEDC will commence an approvals process for eating disorder trainings relevant to the Credential. From the 1 July 2022, all clinicians applying for the Credential will be required to have completed approved training in order to be awarded the Credential. 

The National Framework for Eating Disorders Training – A guide for training providers (the Framework) has been developed by NEDC, with the contribution of training providers across Australia. The Framework provides the basis upon which training will be approved. Its purpose is to align with the Credential criteria and national standards, ensuring consistency and quality across the trainings required for the Credential. The goal is to build a skilled and competent national workforce that can provide safe and effective care and treatment for people living with an eating disorder.

For training providers

**Please ensure you read all of the instructions provided below before submitting your application for approval of training**

Training approval is only provided for the following training as aligned with the Credential:
  • Introduction to eating disorders for health professionals 
  • Evidence-based eating disorder treatment model
  • Evidence-informed dietetic practice for eating disorders

Training can be either a live online or face-to-face training, an online self-paced training, or a mixed format training. Further information on training requirements are described within the Framework.

The Framework has been designed to support and guide training providers in the design, structure, and content of eating disorder training for mental health professionals and dietitians. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach the team at NEDC at training@nedc.com.au. We are here to support all training providers to meet the Standards outlined in the Training Framework and answer any questions you may have.

Applying for approval of training

**Please ensure you read all of the instructions provided below before submitting your application for approval of training**

The Training Framework underpins a training providers application for approval of training.

To apply for approval of training, training providers will need to follow these steps:

1. Read the National Framework for Eating Disorders Training - A guide for training providers

2. Complete the Application Form (PDF) relevant to the type of training (introduction to eating disorders, evidence-based treatment model, evidence-informed dietetic practice for eating disorders - see panel on right-hand side of this page). This form provides a summary of the training and training provider, and addresses each General Standard. 

3. Complete either the provided Session Outline (Option 1) or Standard Checklist (Option 2) template as included in the Training Application - Content Standards Form (excel spreadsheet), providing evidence of inclusion of each Content Standard in the training. **Please email NEDC at training@nedc.com.au for a copy of the Content Standards Form.** 

4. Compile any supporting documents which provide evidence of the General and/or Content Standards.

This must include: 
  • Application Form (PDF: introduction to eating disorders, evidence-based treatment model OR evidence-informed dietetic practice)
  • Training Application - Content Standards Form (Excel spreadsheet: Session Outline or Standard Checklist)
  • Evidence of learning outcomes
  • Evidence of preparatory activities (not relevant for Introductory training)
  • Evidence of lived experience contribution and/or input to training
  • Evidence of assessment of learning
  • Evidence of training evaluation

This may include:
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Link/s to eLearning program and/or modules
  • Supporting clinical resources provided to trainees
  • Links to videos, audio, recordings used within the training

5. Submit the application via the NEDC website, including training provider details and information about the training

6. Provide any supporting documents to NEDC. This can be done via email, zip files, Dropbox, WeShare, Microsoft SharePoint, or other sharing platform. Please note, if you are sending through email, please save PowerPoint files to PDF and/or send documents using a zip file. If you are having difficulty sending your documents through, please contact NEDC at training@nedc.com.au

You can download a PDF copy of these instructions, including a checklist to support your application here.

If when you are completing your application you recognise that your training does not meet all the General Standards and/or Content Standards, we recommend you making the required amendments to your training before submitting your application for approval. This will prevent any delays in the assessment and approval process.

There is no financial cost associated with the approval process.

All intellectual property related to the training remains the property of the training provider and not of NEDC. NEDC store training materials for the purpose of assessing the application for approval and documents will be deleted following the assessment and outcome process. 

Further information regarding applying for approval and training standards and competency areas are included in the National Framework for Eating Disorders Training – A guide for training providers.

Feedback on your application

Assessment of and response to applications by NEDC will take a maximum of three weeks. NEDC aims to support a strong training provider workforce and ensure availability and accessibility of training across Australia. As such, NEDC will be available to support training providers to align content with the General and Content Standards outlined in the Framework.

To receive approval, the training needs to show evidence of the inclusion of all General Standards and Content Standards as outlined in the Training Framework. If there is incorrect information or one or more Standards are not evident or adequately covered in your training, NEDC will request further information or for an amendment to be made.

If your training fails to meet more than 15% of the General Standards and Content Standards, you will be requested to resubmit your full application for approval of training. 

Approved training will be published and promoted through NEDC and ANZAED member bases, websites, and social media platforms. Training providers can include approval status in the promotion and certification of their training. Trainings are approved for a length of two years. After this time, training providers need to reapply for approval of their training.

Trainings will be listed on the NEDC website as soon as they receive approval.

If you have questions about the Framework and/or training approvals process, please contact us at training@nedc.com.au

For clinicians

From 1 July 2022, all clinicians applying for the Credential will be required to have completed NEDC approved trainings in order to be awarded the Credential. Prior to this, clinicians can apply for the Credential under the sunset clause or by providing evidence of having completed an introduction to eating disorders training and either evidence-based treatment model training (mental health professionals) or evidence-informed dietetic practice (dietitians only) training. For more information see connect.ed website.

If you are unsure whether the training you have already completed has covered the required content, please see ANZAED Clinician Information Pack.

Approved training will be published and promoted through NEDC and ANZAED member bases, websites, and social media platforms. Trainings will be listed on these platforms as soon as they are approved. 

If you are looking for training to support your own professional development, please check the NEDC and ANZAED websites and/or contact training@nedc.com.au.

Approved trainings

The following trainings have received approval from NEDC and meet the requirement for the following types of training under the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential eligibility criteria:

Introduction to Eating Disorders for Health Professionals

• InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders: The Essentials: Training Clinicians in Eating Disorders

• WA Eating Disorders Outreach & Consultation Service (WAEDOCS): Introduction to Eating Disorders for Health Professionals

Evidence-Based Treatment Model

• Dr Andrew Wallis and Colleen Alford: Family Based Therapy: A special form of family therapy with an eating disorder focus (FBT)

• Dr Kim Hurst: Family Based Treatment for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa (FBT)

• Professor Tracey Wade: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Guided Self Help (CBT-GSH)

• The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) - Family Based Treatment for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa (FBT)

• Jessica Ryan - Family Based Treatment for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa (FBT)

• Rachel Knight - Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM)

• The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) - Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM)

• Dr Anthea Fursland - CBT-E for Eating Disorders

• Dr Sue Byrne - CBT-E for Eating Disorders

• Dr Amy Talbot - Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Anorexia Nervosa and Adolescent Eating Disorders

• Professor Tracey Wade - Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa for Adults (MANTRA)

Combined: Introduction to Eating Disorders for Health Professionals & Evidence-Based Treatment Model

• Eating Disorders Training Australia, Dr Sarah Egan and Dr Amanda Bolton: Assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults with eating disorders in private practice: A comprehensive introductory 3-day workshop (Intro + CBT-E)

Combined: Introduction to Eating Disorders for Health Professionals & Evidence-Informed Dietetic Practice for Eating Disorders

• Fiona Sutherland and Shane Jeffrey: Inclusive dietetic care for eating disorders

References and Resources

The key documents that have informed the Standards in the Framework are:

Heruc, G., Hart, S., Fleming, S., Casey, A., Sutherland, F., Jeffrey, S., Roberton, M., & Hurst, K. (2020). ANZAED practice and training standards for dietitians providing eating disorder treatment. Journal of Eating Disorders, 8, 77. jeatdisord.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40337-020-00334-z  

Heruc, G., Hurst, K., Casey, A., Fleming, K., Freeman, J., Fursland, A., et al (2020). ANZAED eating disorder treatment principles and general clinical practice and training standards. Journal of Eating Disorders, 8, 63. jeatdisord.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40337-020-00341-0  

Hurst, K., Heruc, G., Thornton, C., Freeman, J., Fursland, A., Knight, R., et al (2020). ANZAED practice and training standards for mental health professionals providing eating disorder treatment. Journal of Eating Disorders, 8, 58. jeatdisord.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40337-020-00333-0  

NEDC (2018) Workforce core competencies for the safe and effective identification of and response to eating disorders

 

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