ANZAED practice and training standards for mental health professionals providing eating disorder treatment

Kim Hurst, Gabriella Heruc, Chris Thornton, Jeremy Freeman, Anthea Fursland, Rachel Knight, Marion Roberts, Beth Shelton, Andrew Wallis, Tracey Wade

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Introduction: 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 treatment for people with eating disorders. Separate mental health practice and training standards were then devised as a foundation for strengthening the workforce and providing guidance to professional training programs and service providers on the minimal standards required for practice in the eating disorder field. Recommendations: The present recommendations for mental health professionals providing eating disorder treatment describe the following practice and training standards: eating disorder treatment foundations (including co-ordination of services, establishing a positive therapeutic alliance, professional responsibility and knowledge of levels of care), assessment, diagnosis, intervention (including evidence-based intervention, managing psychiatric risk and managing co-morbid mental health problems), and monitoring and evaluation. Conclusions: Further work is required to disseminate these standards to clinicians providing services across Australia to people with eating disorders, and to support adherence in the clinic room where they can translate to improved outcomes for clients. Pathways to supporting adherence include expert supervision of practice, incorporation in training and supervised practice in university settings, and support with checklists that can be used by consumers and referring professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number58
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Eating Disorders
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Eating disorders
  • General practitioner
  • Mental health clinician
  • Mental health nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Practice standards
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Training
  • Treatment


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