The ENSA committee are pleased to announce the following invited speaker for 2013
Suzie works with The Butterfly Foundation as the Research Officer for the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) – a voluntary collaboration of key stakeholders with an interest in Eating Disorders who have come together to develop a nationally consistent approach to the prevention, early intervention and management of these complex illnesses. In addition to her role in research, Suzie works alongside the clinical staff at Butterfly to help facilitate the support groups which have been set up for carers and those with a lived experience of an eating disorder. After completing her Honours in Psychology under the supervision of Dr Elizabeth Rieger in 2007, Suzie worked as a Research Assistant on Sarah Maguire’s Staging Anorexia Nervosa study. This involved managing patient recruitment and conducting structured questionnaires at Wesley Private Hospital, Sydney and St George’s University Hospital, London.For three years, Suzie combined European travels with her work experience in London, before returning home to begin her Masters in Clinical Psychology, alongside her work at The Butterfly Foundation. With her training in research and interest in learning the clinical skills required to practice, Suzie is passionate about providing access to information and services to alleviate some of the impact these serious illnesses have on individuals and their family.
Gail Anderson is Australia’s first Clinical Nurse Consultant in Adolescent Health. She has over 25 years of experience working with eating disordered adolescents and currently works at Westmead Hospital.Gail has published several book chapters and journal articles on the subject of eating disorders and she is highly respected for both her clinical work with young people and their families, and for her support and education of a broad range of professionals working in this complex area of health.
Rita Feros is a psychologist with over 15 yrs experience in public mental health hospital settings.In 2012 Rita established her private practice,my psychology clinic, in Mosman. Rita has experience working cross culturally with adolescents, adults and families treating a range of mental health disorders, however she has particular experience and interest in Eating disorders; depression ; anxiety; grief and loss ; trauma and bullying. Rita has training in numerous therapeutic modalities such as family therapy ; brief solution focused therapy and sand play therapy to name a few. Rita can draw on her extensive clinical expertise to assess their suitability to each client. Rita's clinical approach is to tailor therapy to suit the client not make the client fit a particular approach. She has presented at numerous mental health conference and has been a mental health representative on several committees , most notably the NSW child and adolescent task force chaired by Prof Marie Bashir and Prof Beverly Raphael.
Dr Crawford graduated from Medicine at the UNSW in 1981 and initially trained in paediatrics, followed by a PhD in Endocrinology at the University of Sydney. Dr Crawford then worked as a staff specialist in Endocrinology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital until 2003 and is currently a senior visiting consultant in Endocrinology at Concord Hospital, Sydney and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Her areas of specialised endocrinology interest include thyroid disease and thyroid cancer, neuroendocrine tumours, pituitary disease, menopause and bone disorders.
Bruce Robinson has been dean of Sydney Medical School since 2007. Prior to his tenure as dean, he was head of the Division of Medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital. During his time as dean, Sydney Medical School’s research productivity has grown and there has been a significant revision of the medical curriculum. Professor Robinson has also formed partnerships with medical schools in China and South East Asia, which have resulted in research collaborations and student exchanges. He established Hoc Mai Foundation in 2000, an organisation which supports educational exchanges between Vietnam and Australia, and remains chairman of the Foundation. Professor Robinson is also chair of the Division of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy within the University of Sydney. Professor Robinson remains clinically active and his research is focused on the genetic basis for endocrine tumour formation and clinical management of patients with endocrine tumours. External to the University, he serves on the board of several research institutes, the Tung Wah College in Hong Kong and the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.Sydney Medical School is Australia’s oldest medical school, and the most research intensive faculty within the University of Sydney. It has 3,500 students enrolled in medicine, postgraduate professional programs and higher research degrees. Research is conducted across a number of University centres and schools, as well as through affiliated research institutes. In 2012, it was ranked first in Australia in the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research Assessment, with particular strengths in clinical and translational research. In 2012, revenue was $400 million.
Joanne is a Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Eating Disorder Service at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She is also 1 of 5 appointed area coordinators for Eating Disorders for NSW Health. Jo has worked with children and young people with eating disorders for the past 17 years and has been heavily involved in the development of many training resources and programs including an online multidisciplinary program. In her current role she has also had the privileged of assisting in the development and implementation of a number of inpatient programs that care for young people with Eating Disorders.