Sharing knowledge and services
Thank you to our education session presenters who have generously shared their knowledge and time to benefit our EDFA Community.
Learning from others with expertise in many areas of eating disorder research, evidence based treatments, adjunctive therapies and approaches which support self-care, self-belief, compassion and mindfulness, all help to provide a rich tapestry of information for families to digest and consider whether helpful for their loved one, themselves or other family members.
We are thrilled to be able to offer these education sessions, and information about these services to our members. If you are interested in reaching out for further information or to enquire about their services, you can find details below.
As mentioned at the beginning of all our education sessions, EDFA does not endorse certain practitioners or therapies. We work to bring a balanced array of information to our members, to increase knowledge, up-skill carers and raise awareness of options which may suit some families.
Engaging the services of any of our speakers is at your discretion and EDFA accepts no liability in respect of these services.
Practitioners, therapists, services and more.
Dr Simon Wilksch
Dr Simon Wilksch is a clinician and researcher in eating disorders and a Clinic Director and clinical psychologist. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in Psychology at Flinders University. His research interests span risk factors, prevention, early intervention, and improving treatment experiences and outcomes for patients and their families. He developed Media Smart for schools to reduce eating disorder risk and this was adapted to the online I am Media Smart as a targeted program for those with body image concerns.
Kim Henderson is the NDIS Program Lead at Maroondah City Council, has worked in disability for 40 years and in the NDIS space since its rollout. Kim utilises her people management skills and the ability to think laterally to strategically plan and provide client and employee focused and individually tailored services or assistance.
Dr Portia Predney
Dr Portia Predney (she/her) is a General Practitioner who works in Sydney, Australia. She has a special interest in LGBTIQ+ healthcare, and particularly enjoys working in areas of medicine where her clinical interests and passion for social justice collide. She practices as a Gender Affirming clinician under the Informed Consent model of care, and has extensive experience in the care of transgender patients. Portia is the Vice President of AusPATH (the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health) and is passionate about reducing health inequality and improving access to care for gender diverse people.
Mejella (Max) Jones
Majella (Max) Jones (They/Them) is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Max has a person centred approach which highlights the individual experiences, needs and desires of the person they’re working with. They use an intersectional approach by providing an inclusive and non-judgmental space for all individuals that acknowledges and is respectful of their identities and lived experiences, and the impacts these may have on their lives and wellbeing. They have experience delivering gender inclusive practice professional development training and is an executive committee member in the Dietitians Australia LGBTQIA+ Interest Group. They provide gender affirming, trauma informed and body inclusive care that is informed by lived experience (of their own, and from peers and educators), evidence-based frameworks and current scientific literature.
Tom Scully (He/Him) is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a range of clinical experience including work in an eating disorder unit in a mental health hospital, and in private practice settings. He enjoys helping people to manage their health in a way that promotes enjoyable eating and a peaceful relationship with food. Tom uses CBT-E, TBT-S and SSCM to support people toward eating disorder recovery. He has also undertaken training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and trauma informed care, which guides his practice.
Claire Finkelstein is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and Board Approved Supervisor with a particular interest in working with individuals and families across the lifespan who grapple with eating disorders and body image concerns. She engages from a trauma-informed, systemic and emotion-focused framework and is committed to honouring diversity of body shape and size, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity and spirituality. With a background in child, adolescent and family mental health, Claire believes families and loved ones play an integral role in helping young people overcome mental health and eating disorder concerns, and aims to collaborate in a sensitive and empathic manner.
Wellways Australia is a leading national mental health and disability support organisation with services in Queensland, ACT, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania working with a diverse range of people, their families and carers to identify needs and goals to build good lives in the community. This includes creating a home, getting a job and building meaningful relationships.
Professor Johannes Hebebrand
Professor Johannes Hebebrand, MD, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, is head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. He has a track record for anorexia nervosa and obesity related research to integrate research focusing on disorders at both ends of the distribution of the body mass index. He initiated the use of BMI-for-age percentiles to assess the weight criterion for anorexia nervosa suggesting the 10th percentile as an appropriate cut-off for children and adolescents. His group also initiated the first molecular genetic study of patients with anorexia nervosa. He pioneered work related to the role of leptin in anorexia nervosa, which led to the first off-label treatments with recombinant human leptin. He was Vice President of the European Association on the Study of Obesity (EASO) and a board member of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was the editor in chief of European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 2014 to 2022. >600 PubMed listings, Google-Scholar H-Index: 112
Jessica Luke is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist based in Perth, WA, who specialises in safe exercise intervention for those living with eating disorders. Jess works in both public and private health across WA, and has developed a number of inpatient and outpatient programs targeting safe exercise participation for those living with an eating disorder. She has trained Exercise Physiologists in the field of eating disorders and is involved in a series of research projects targeting exercise behaviours in those with eating disorders. Jess is passionate about increasing awareness and understanding of the positive impact of exercise therapy for those eating and feeding disorders.
Ellen Masson (she/her they/them) is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning coach. Ellen founded the “Your Movement Space” studio in 2022 to help individuals reclaim their relationship with movement and she has her own podcast “Into the Red Zone”. Ellen is passionate about supporting individuals through eating disorder recovery, with training in motivational interviewing, CBT, ACT, and persisting pain management as well as specialised training in navigating the complexity of movement in the eating disorder space.
Alanah Reilly (nee Dobinson) AEP, AES, ESSAM (she/her) is an advanced-scope Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP Hons.), clinical mentor, and the founder and director of Autonomy in Movement (AIM) in Brisbane, Australia. She is also a cofounding director and current board member of the Safe Exercise at Every Stage (SEES) clinical guidelines for exercise in eating disorder recovery. Alanah‘s passion is to help people explore and experience an autonomous, brave and life-enhancing relationship with movement.
Jo is the founder of Jo Farmer Consulting which is focused on improving health and wellbeing, particularly for those who experience mental ill-health, trauma and marginalisation. Jo’s work has a strong focus on designing and driving systemic change and supporting the development of a health and social services system that puts people at the centre. Jo provides evaluation and policy consulting to a range of government agencies and not-for-profits, with a focus on improving lived experience leadership and trauma-informed practice in research and evaluation. She is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, focused on improving research practice with young people with lived experience of trauma.
Naomi Janzen is an Evidence Based EFT Trainer and EFT International Accredited Master Trainer who received her advanced training and certification as an Expert Clinical EFT Practitioner (EXP-2) through EFT Universe. She teaches and mentors Levels 1 through 3 for EFTi and co-created, with Dr Peta Stapleton, EBEFT’s new Premium Accreditation programs for practitioners and advanced practitioners. In addition to running foundational and expert EFT training for students all over the world via Zoom, she maintains a full-time private practice. Naomi is the writer and co-producer of The Science of Tapping documentary, as well as the creator of mindfulness iOS app Remindfulness, which was voted one of the top ten mindfulness apps by Positive Psychology.
Lisa Cutforth B. Sc. (Hons)
Lisa Cutforth B. Sc. (Hons) Nutrition and Psychology, Clinical Nutritionist, Author & Speaker, has done further studies in the Neuroscience of leadership, behaviour and addiction. She completed her research honours on Stress and Eating Behaviour; her dissertation on ADD/ADHD and Treatment; and has written a book about the role of emotions and psychology on nutrition status and weight management. She is a DNA certified practitioner. Lisa currently works as a clinical nutritionist in private practice, runs a meal delivery business and has also lectured in nutrition.
Tully Humphrey is a Melbourne Designer, Creative Director, Entrepreneur, Certified Yoga Instructor and Health + Wellness writer. Tully created her own label in 2012 at age 24 as a way to motivate and empower women to get up and MOVE and ultimately live healthier and happier lives.
Shane Jeffrey is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian with 30 years of experience as a dietitian in both the private and public sectors, working almost exclusively in the field of eating disorders, the non-diet approach and sports nutrition. Shane is the current treasurer and a past executive member of the Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. He is the founder of River Oak Health and Food Mind Body, two Queensland based private practices dedicated to the treatment of eating, weight and body image concerns.
Dr James Lock, MD, Ph.D.
Dr James Lock, MD, Ph.D. is Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Associate Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine where he also serves as Director of the Eating Disorder Program for Children and Adolescents. Dr Lock has published over 300 articles, abstracts, books and book chapters. His recent research focuses on integrating treatment research with neuroscience in eating disorders, including examining neurocognitive processes and their functional and neuroanatomical correlates.
Kellie Lavender is Co-Director and Co-Founder of NZEDC, Faculty Member of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, USA, a Certified Family Based Treatment Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer and a Certified Member of the International Association of Applied Neuropsychotherapy.
Dr Suzy Redston, Psychiatrist
Specialising in assessment and holistic treatment for people suffering with eating disorders and/or trauma related mental illnesses, Dr Redston is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) with advanced certification in psychotherapy and accreditation in Schema Therapy. She is a member of both the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders and the International Academy of Eating Disorders.
Danielle (Dannii) is a mental health practitioner and founder of The Practical Practitioner, a mental health and wellbeing coaching private practice providing person-centered, solutions-focused, trauma informed mental health and wellbeing coaching and recovery support. Dannii specialises in eating disorders recovery coaching, disordered eating and body image concerns with a non-diet, body neutral approach incorporating the expert knowledge of recovered lived experience. Additional areas of expertise include workplace wellbeing, resilience, mental fitness, growth mindset, holistic health and mind-body connection work.
Dr Jennifer Gaudiani
Dr Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED is Founder & Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic, Denver, Colorado. Dr Gaudiani is one of the only outpatient internists in the United States who carries the credential Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Supervisor (CEDS-S) and Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders (FAED). Dr Gaudiani is passionate about the medical care of adolescents and adults who have a complicated relationship with food and their body and is the author of the book ‘Sick Enough”.
Jenny Langley is an Author, UK Lived Experience Carer Coach & Trainer. Since her son recovered from anorexia 15 years ago, Jenny Langley has campaigned to raise awareness of eating disorders and the impact on the whole family, and to provide practical help and support to families affected by eating disorders. Jenny has worked closely with the Eating Disorder Research team of The Institute of Psychiatry for over 10 years, and is trained in the New Maudsley Model. She has become an “experienced carer” coach for the research programmes and delivers regular skills workshops for carers, as well as training for facilitators.
Inge is a lecturer in Psychology and counselling at Swinburne University, and a Research Clinician at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. Inge has completed clinical psychology training, and alongside this studied towards a PhD. Inge’s interests are mainly centred around aspects of eating disorder treatment and research, and during her PhD she focused on the role of compassion during recovery from eating disorders with comorbid PTSD.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Warren Ward, is the former Director of the Queensland Eating Disorders Service (QuEDS) and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland. He is Chair of the Queensland Health Eating Disorder Advisory Group and co-author of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Eating Disorders. In 2017 he received the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2018 he was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Eating Disorders. He has published more than forty articles and book chapters, most of them on eating disorders. He was recently appointed Medical Director of Wandi Nerida, Australia’s first residential program for eating disorders.
Professor Janet Treasure
Professor Janet Treasure is a world-leading clinical and academic psychiatrist in eating disorders who works at King’s College London and the South London and Maudsley Hospital. She was awarded the OBE for her work in eating disorders.
Josephine Money is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist, Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician and Director of Eat Love Live. Jo has a client centred approach providing individual nutrition counselling; with over 15 years’ experience in private practice. Jo has experience across a diverse range of settings including community and public health and in a variety of modes including working with individuals, groups and program development.
Amanda Goodfellow is a meditation and mindfulness teacher and the founder of Agile Mind. She works with corporate organisations and individuals to share the benefits of mindfulness and meditation to support mental health and wellbeing. Amanda is also an accredited Kiloby Inquiries (KI) facilitator, a mindfulness based therapy that helps people find freedom from their self belief of being deficient – an approach she credits to ending her own 30 year battle with mental illness.
Fiona Fisher Bullivant
Fiona Fisher Bullivant is the author of the book Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition – A Practical Guide for Clinicians and co-author of the book Autism and Eating Disorders in Teens – A Guide for Parents and Professionals. Fiona is an Autism & Eating Disorders Consultant, Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, Autism Assessor, Non Medical Prescriber, Sleep Counsellor & Functional Analysis Assessor. Fiona has worked with autistic, learning disabled children and young people for 37 years in clinical practice, in a variety of settings and positions and in many different locations across the UK and the world.
Sarah McMahon is a Psychologist and Director of BodyMatters. The BodyMatters mandate extends beyond the treatment of people with eating issues and body shame to engaging in advocacy and prevention initiatives. Sarah has worked in the field of eating disorders for approximately 20 years, supporting hundreds of people to achieve recovery. She is a regular voice in the media and has written several book chapters.
Professor Leonie Callaway
Professor Leonie Callaway is a general and obstetric physician. She has interests in obesity, metabolism, diabetes, hypertension, adverse childhood experiences and weight-based stigma and discrimination. Leonie has a passionate interest in doctors wellbeing and the broad range of issues that confront women in medicine.
Dr. James Greenblatt
Founded by integrative psychiatrist, Dr. James Greenblatt, Psychiatry Redefined is an educational platform offering training in functional and integrative psychiatry. We provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and practical clinician-led courses, webinars, and conferences, to help treat the root cause of psychiatric disorders, and utilize personalized medicine protocols in practice. We have 25+ online, self-paced courses on many topics, including courses on binge-eating and anorexia, an online conference on binge-eating and food addiction, free webinars on binge-eating and anorexia, and Dr. Greenblatt’s books, Answers to Anorexia (2021 edition) and Integrative Medicine for Binge-Eating.