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Eating disorder treatment practice standards

Eating disorders are complex illnesses that require a co-ordinated multidisciplinary approach to care. On graduation from university it is widely recognised that health practitioners may be poorly positioned to treat eating disorders due to the limited and/or inconsistent eating disorder-specific education provided in the tertiary sector. Post tertiary studies, opportunities exist for health practitioners to engage in training to develop eating disorder-specific knowledge and skills. However, the absence of minimum treatment and training standards and competency-based assessments, results in variation and inconsistency in the delivery of treatment. This themed issue on "Eating disorder treatment practice standards" in Journal of Eating Disorders brings together a series of papers that outline the knowledge and skills required as a foundation on which to build competent and more consistent practice in the eating disorder field and provides commentary on the implementation of these practices within multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment.

  1. There has recently been a push for recovery-focused research in the eating disorder (ED) field, starting with a consensus definition of recovery. One definition, in particular, proposed by Bardone-Cone et al. [21

    Authors: Therese E. Kenny, Kathryn Trottier and Stephen P. Lewis
    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2022 10:149
  2. Dietitians involved in eating disorder treatment are viewed as important members of the multidisciplinary team. However, the skills and knowledge that they require are not well characterised. Therefore, as par...

    Authors: Gabriella Heruc, Susan Hart, Garalynne Stiles, Kate Fleming, Anjanette Casey, Fiona Sutherland, Shane Jeffrey, Michelle Roberton and Kim Hurst
    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:77
  3. Eating disorders are complex to manage, and there is limited guidance around the depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and experience required by treatment providers. The Australia & New Zealand Academy for E...

    Authors: Gabriella Heruc, Kim Hurst, Anjanette Casey, Kate Fleming, Jeremy Freeman, Anthea Fursland, Susan Hart, Shane Jeffrey, Rachel Knight, Michelle Roberton, Marion Roberts, Beth Shelton, Garalynne Stiles, Fiona Sutherland, Chris Thornton, Andrew Wallis…
    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:63
  4. Advances are needed to ensure safe and effective treatment is available for people with eating disorders. Recently developed clinical practice and training standards for mental health professionals and dietiti...

    Authors: Siân A. McLean, Kim Hurst, Hilary Smith, Beth Shelton, Jeremy Freeman, Mandy Goldstein, Shane Jeffrey and Gabriella Heruc
    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:62
  5. The Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) recently developed general principles and clinical practice standards recommended for mental health clinicians and dietitians providing treatme...

    Authors: Kim Hurst, Gabriella Heruc, Chris Thornton, Jeremy Freeman, Anthea Fursland, Rachel Knight, Marion Roberts, Beth Shelton, Andrew Wallis and Tracey Wade
    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:58