What It's All About

Aims

The Centre will coordinate a national approach to eating disorder research and translate findings into practice, with the goal of reducing the burden on Australians living with an eating disorder and their loved ones.

 

The Centre will aim to:

  • Establish a robust, well governed, co-produced, inclusive and sustainable national research and translation leadership for the field of eating disorders

  • Improve access to high-quality mental health care for people with eating disorders and their families

  • Implement the Australian Eating Disorders Research & Translation Strategy (2021–2031)

  • Conduct and coordinate high-quality research and translation that impacts outcomes and addresses Australia's Top 10 eating disorder research & translation priorities

  • Produce research and translation outcomes grounded in real world settings that inform policy and lead to practice change

  • Set the national standard for co-production with experts by lived experience, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from diverse backgrounds and clinicians as part of routine practice in research and its translation

  • Support and generate an inclusive and sustainable culture of research excellence

Lived Experience Co-Production

The Lived Experience Co-Production will set the national standard for lived experience co-design in eating disorders research and translation. This core program will ensure lived experience expertise is interwoven across governance and all work streams of the Centre.

 

Co-Leads

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Ms Shannon Calvert

Lived Experience Advisor

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Assoc Prof Genevieve Pepin
Deakin University

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Co-Production

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eating Disorders Co-Production will contribute Indigenous leadership and innovation to governance and all activities of the Centre, and establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eating Disorder Research Strategy in co-design with community.

 

Co-Leads

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Ms Leilani Darwin

Consultant

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Ms Stacey Vervoort

 Black Dog Institute

National network

The national network will drive collaboration within and across relevant sectors, including among researchers, clinicians, consumers, carers, policy makers, funders and other key stakeholder groups.

 

Co-Leads

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Assoc Prof
Elizabeth Reiger

Australian National University

Prof Stephen Touyz

InsideOut Institute,
University of Sydney

Assoc Prof
Hunna Watson

University of
Western Australia

Translation

We need to better understand key strategies and actions for supporting Eating Disorder research and translation into real world practice, to inform future practice and policy.

 

Co-Leads

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Prof Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

Turner Institute,
Monash University

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Prof Rosemary Purcell

Orygen

Workforce development

We know that developing the researcher workforce is essential to improving the conduct of research and its implementation across prevention, early intervention and treatment settings. This includes the academic, clinical and lived experience researcher workforce.

 

Co-Leads

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Assoc Prof Leah Brennan

La Trobe University

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Dr Claire Foldi

Monash University

Research

The research work stream will address knowledge gaps and established priorities, with a focus on high impact research that will directly impact outcomes for people with eating disorders and their loved ones.

 

Consortium members will lead research projects across the following Top 10 research priority focus areas for 2022-2025:

 

  1. Risk and protective factors

  2. Very early intervention (early identification and early intervention)

  3. Individualised medicine

 

In addition, we will support lived experience-led research and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander-led research across any of the Top 10 research and translation priority domains.