1st Australian Eating Disorder Conference for
Families and Carers
Videos of sessions now available - click here
Key note speakers:
Professor Daniel Le Grange
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and
Director of the Eating Disorders Center at The University of Chicago Medical Center.
Professor Janet Treasure
Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and Head of the Eating Disorders Unit at the South London and Maudsley NHS
Professor Cynthia Bulik
Professor of Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.
Who was the conference for?
Best evidence treatment for eating disorders now shows that the close
involvement of families and carers in the care of their loved ones is key to
improving early detection, restoration to a healthy weight and maintaining long term wellbeing. For parents and carers, however, the journey can be confusing, challenging and difficult to navigate.
The primary aim of The Conference is to provide access to a range of expert knowledge and skills for families and caregivers of people with eating disorders, so that they can leave the conference feeling empowered, better informed and more able to support, care for and assist in the recovery of the person with the eating disorder.
The secondary aim of the conference is to provide families and carers of people with eating disorders with opportunities to network and connect with other people with similar experience, in a safe and supported environment, so that they can benefit and gain confidence and new insights from shared knowledge and experience.
We also welcome clinicians and sufferers wanting to learn more about and be inspired by the role of families and carers in supporting recovery.
We would like to acknowledge a very generous donation from the Bryan Foundation to help carers attend this conference. This donation has enabled a reduction in conference registration fees and provided special grants towards travel and accommodation expense for carers. We would also like to acknowledge sponsorship from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (under the Mental Health Conference Funding Program, which is managed by the Mental Health Council of Australia) to help carers attend and benefit from this conference.
We also acknowledge the Royal on the Park Hotel for their generous support in providing accommodation for our speakers