Research and Training


Training for health and community workers – 16th March and 22nd April

Come along to a half day training session to increase your understanding of how to identify, assess and respond to eating disorders in your clients in a holistic way with their families and carers to achieve improved outcomes.  Facilitated by clinical specialist, Carmel Fleming from the Eating Disorders Outreach Service.


Research investigating a modified version of CBT for adults with Bulimia and a history of trauma

QUT research will investigate whether a new therapy can “change” traumatic memories to benefit people living with bulimia.

Research exploring the needs of parents of young people with Anorexia

Caring for someone with an eating disorder can be a very challenging experience for parents and caregivers.  A team of researchers from the Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Health are together looking into the experience of parents and carers of a young person with a long-standing eating disorder.  In particular, we are interested in learning more about carers’ own mental health and the issues and difficulties that may result from providing care and support.   If you are a parent or carer of a young person who has suffered with an eating disorder for approximately two or more years, and you would like to help to increase the understanding of the problems and issues faced by parent/carers, we would appreciate your assistance.  The research team are seeking information through both an online questionnaire that takes about 20 minutes of your time to complete, and/or your participation in a telephone interview.

New research examining how beliefs developed in early childhood and adolescence, and one’s emotional experiences might affect a person’s eating attitudes, thoughts and behaviours.

If you are currently experiencing or recovering from an eating disorder, you are invited to participate in this online research study aimed at extending understanding of the psychological factors underpinning eating disorders. 

Are you a clinician who uses the Maudsley (FBT) model in your practice? 

QUT are conducting a study to increase understanding of clinicians’ adoption and use of the Maudsley (FBT) model and their beliefs with regard to adherence to the treatment principles in the Australian context.

Promoting Positive body image Online

Eating Disorder Prevention Trial – Available to Australian and New Zealand women aged 18-25 years.

Promoting Positive Body Image Online (PPbiO) is an Australian and New Zealand-wide research trial of 3 online programs that can be accessed on computers, tablets and smartphone devices.  We are looking for women volunteers aged 18-25 years who have concerns about their body weight or shape and would like to improve their body image.

Research on improving the quality of care and formation of therapeutic relationships

Dr Sarah Fogarty from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, and Dr Lucie Ramjan from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney are conducting a study on Improving the quality of the care experience and the formation of therapeutic relationships in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness (Beumont & Touyz, 2003). Research identifies the establishment of a trusting, therapeutic relationship as a pivotal factor in the treatment and recovery of patients with AN (Hay, 2013). Research shows that when strong therapeutic relationships are formed and patients experience high levels of care, many important factors identified in recovery are achieved, such as being understood, self-acceptance, pivotal moments of care and hope (Fogarty, 2013, Hay, 2013, Dawson, 2014). Despite the best intentions of treatment providers there is evidence that AN patients experience sub-optimal therapeutic relationships and levels of care from their AN treatments (Ramjan, 2004, Wright 2010). The researchers believe that the therapeutic relationship and experience of care in AN treatment can be improved and thus health outcomes improved. Recent research has recognised four phases of recovery (Dawson, 2014) and we believe that the therapeutic relationship and experience of care are markedly different during each stage. The first step in improving treatment is to obtain a more in-depth understanding of AN patients development of the therapeutic relationship and experience of care in each of these stages. This more in-depth understanding will then allow us to identify the experiences, actions and needs of AN patients in treatment across the four stages which may contribute to improving AN patients’ experience of care.

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