Right now, more than a million Australians are experiencing an eating disorder and fewer than a quarter are receiving treatment or support.
This alarming statistic and much more will be covered at the CPD Bites event in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday 16 June. The evening is being hosted by the Coffs Harbour and Bellingen Clinical Society at C.ex Coffs from 6–8 pm.
Attendees will be able to ask a panel of specialised health practitioners questions and learn about the physical, psychological, nutritional and functional aspects of managing eating disorders.
The myths around eating disorders will be debunked and a range of practical resources will be provided to help health professionals support their patients.
Information covered during the evening will include how to develop an eating disorder management plan, exploring HealthPathways and other local resources, and working through case scenarios. There will be presentations on best practice evidence, indicators for medical admission and an exploration of the Mental Health Act.
By the end of the evening, those present will be able to:
- recognise eating disorders
- have increased confidence to initiate an eating disorder management plan
- describe medical indicators for admission and in-patient treatment
- identify local referral pathways and resources for the management of eating disorders in the Coffs Harbour and Bellingen region.
GPs and GP registrars, nurses, paediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, dietitians, nutritionists, social workers, occupational therapists and other primary care professionals are encouraged to attend.
Among the guest speakers are Ute Morris, Eating Disorder Coordinator for the Mid North Coast Local Health District; and Kyla Holley, psychotherapist and Director of the Australian Centre for Eating Disorders.