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Introduction to Eating Disorders - Presented by the NEDC (online and free for AASW members)

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 2 hours (FPS)


Organiser: AASW and the NEDC

One million Australians have an eating disorder. These serious mental health disorders have complex physical, psychological and social effects. All health professionals have a role to play in early identification and response to eating disorders, to support the best possible outcomes for their clients. In addition, Social Workers can have key roles in supporting carers and in helping a person to work towards recovery and reintegration into school, work and community life.

This comprehensive and engaging two hour online webinar is presented by Hilary Smith from the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC). This introductory webinar will assist participants to identify and respond to eating disorders, through a blend of information provision, lived experience examples and reflective exercises.Topics include:

  • The signs and symptoms of different types of eating disorders
  • Screening and assessment
  • Treatment and the building blocks of recovery
  • The social worker’s roles in the continuum of care.
Please note:

This recording was made prior to the 1 November 2019 Medicare Benefit Schedule update to include Eating Disorder items. So some of the language within does not reflect this announcement.

Accredited Mental Health Social Workers are eligible to provide psychological treatment under this initiative following the same model as Better Access to Mental Health.

Eligible patients will be able to receive a Medicare rebate for the development of a treatment and management plan by a medical practitioner (including a GP a psychiatrist or paediatrician), regular GP reviews of their progress against the treatment plan, a formal specialist review and receive access to a course of evidence based eating disorder psychological treatment, up to 40 services in a 12 month period, depending on their treatment needs. **

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding of the core psychosocial challenges associated with all eating disorders
  • Knowledge of key screening tools and how and when to use them
  • Understanding of how to support and work effectively with someone with or at risk of developing an eating disorder, in a recovery-oriented framework
  • Knowledge of key referral pathways and options for professional support.

Presenter details

About the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC)

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) is an initiative of the Federal Department of Health. Its purpose is to develop a nationally consistent, evidence-based approach to the prevention and management of eating disorders in Australia. The NEDC vision is that:

  • Eating disorders are a priority mainstream health issue in Australia
  • A healthy, diverse and inclusive Australian society acts to prevent eating disorders, and
  • Every Australian at risk should have access to an effective continuum of eating disorders prevention, care and ongoing recovery support.

The NEDC works collaboratively with clinicians, academics and people with lived experience to develop eating disorders knowledge, to promote evidence based information and to develop and promote consistent national standards.


2 hours (FPS relevant for CPD purposes)

Registration and cost

Registrants open to AASW member only

Free for AASW members

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers