Collaborative care for eating disorder presentations

Date produced 13 June 2012

Jo is a teenage girl who, at her mother's insistence, visits her GP for not being her 'usual self'. She is underweight and has been reducing her food intake for some time and is on a strict exercise regime to prepare for a marathon. The interdisciplinary panel explore potential referral pathways, as well as discuss tips and strategies to provide effective collaborative care.

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Learning outcomes

By watching the webinar you will be better able to:

  • recognise the key issues in the assessment of eating disorders
  • recognise the key principles of intervention and the roles of different disciplines in treating, managing and supporting people with eating disorders
  • understand the merits, challenges and opportunities in providing collaborative care to people with an eating disorder.


Dr Michael Murray
Qualifications: MBBCh, Member of Australian College of Psychological Medicine
Profession: GP and Medical Educator
Based in: Townsville, QLD

Dr Michael Murray is a Townsville based GP currently providing medical education with Tropical Medical Training: General Practice Specialists. He also works at Headspace, Townsville.

Michael has worked for over 25 years as a GP in both rural and metropolitan practice and in indigenous health; his clinical expertise is in psychological medicine.

As the Mental Health Professionals Network’s (MHPN) main webinar facilitator, Dr Michael Murray knows as well as anyone the power of integrated communication. And as a career-long regional and rural doctor, he is profoundly aware of the isolation and restrictions to learning that GPs in the far corners of Australia endure.

He examined the prospects for online learning, especially in regional, rural and remote settings in an interview in August 2012:


  • Dr Jan Orman
    Qualifications: Masters in Psychological Medicine (CBT) and a Diploma in Shared Care Psychiatry (Eating Disorders)
    Profession: General Practitioner
    Based in: Sydney, NSW
    Dr Jan Orman is a Sydney GP with a longstanding interest in mental health, especially in mood and eating disorders. She has extensive experience in caring for eating disorders patients in general practice.

    Jan works as a GP in a university health service, as a psychological medicine practitioner in private practice and for the Black Dog Institute as a facilitator in their education program and as their GP Services Consultant. She has a Masters in Psychological Medicine (CBT) and a Diploma in Shared Care Psychiatry (Eating Disorders).

    Jan is a past president of the Australian College of Psychological Medicine.

  • Dr Andrew Court
    Profession: Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist; Clinical Co-director of the RCH Eating Disorder Service
    Based in: Melbourne, VIC
    Dr Andrew Court is a consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who originally trained and worked as a Paediatrician. He currently works at both the Royal Children’s Hospital and in private practice in Melbourne, Victoria.

    Andrew is the clinical co-director (with a Paediatrician) of the Eating Disorder Programme at the Royal Children’s Hospital and has extensive experience of working with Eating Disorder patients in a variety of settings.

  • Mr Chris Thorton
    Profession: Clinical Psychologist
    Based in: Sydney, NSW
    Chris Thornton is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in the treatment of patients with eating disorders for nearly 20 years.

    Chris is the Clinical Director of the Redleaf Practice, which is a firm of clinical psychologists providing specialist outpatient treatment to those suffering from eating disorders.

    Chris has held positions at the major private eating disorders units in NSW and is also as the Clinical Consultant to the Thrive Eating Disorder Service in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Chris is the immediate past President of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, the peak body representing and supporting the activities of all professionals working in the field of eating disorders and related issues.

The following resources support the webinar:

Case study

Jo— Collaborative care for eating disorder presentations PDF [356 KB]


Collaborative care for eating disorder presentations PDF [747 KB]

External resources

Eating Disorders: The Way Forward - An Australian National Framework (March 2010, Prepared for the Department of Health and Ageing by The Butterfly Foundation) PDF [2.6 MB]

Participants who attended the webinar provided the following feedback:

Learning needs

99% of respondents indicated their needs were ‘entirely met’ or ‘partially met’.

Relevance to practice

67% stated the webinar was ‘entirely relevant’, 30% indicated it was ‘partially relevant’ .

Practice change

84% of respondents intend to make changes to their clinical work practice as a result of attending the webinar, mainly to provide improved care.

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