What It's All About


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

  • Conduct and coordinate high-quality research and translation that impacts outcomes and addresses Australia's Top 10 eating disorder research and 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 Islander people, 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.


Shannon Calvert

Ms Shannon Calvert

Lived Experience Advisor

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Genevieve Pepin

Assoc Prof Genevieve Pepin

Deakin University

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Aboriginal and 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.


Leilani Darwin

Ms Leilani Darwin


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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.


Elizabeth Rieger

Assoc Prof Elizabeth Rieger

Australian National University

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Stephen Touyz

Prof Stephen Touyz

InsideOut Institute, University of Sydney

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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.


Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

Prof Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

Turner Institute, Monash University

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Rosemary Purcell

Prof Rosemary Purcell


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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.


Leah Brennan

Assoc Prof Leah Brennan

La Trobe University

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Claire Foldi

Dr Claire Foldi

Monash University

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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 and Torres Strait Islander-led research across any of the Top 10 research and translation priority domains.


The Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the National Leadership in Mental Health program.