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Beth Shelton, Angelique Ralph, Emily Hardman, and Jennifer Conway.

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There were many people involved in the development of content for Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs. The key training providers involved have been outlined below:Dr Beth SheltonDr Beth Shelton is National Director of the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC), leading a team which develops and implements consistent national standards for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.Dr Shelton is a psychologist with a private practice in Melbourne, working with individuals with eating disorders and their families and a consultant and educator in the areas of eating disorders and body image.Dr Shelton is past president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. She worked for more than a decade at The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) providing complex case consultation, training and service development in Victorian mental health services. She developed and led an innovative community early intervention program at Monash Link Community Health Service and was senior clinician/coordinator of the adult outpatient team of Monash Health’s eating disorder treatment service. Recent projects include leading the implementation of Multi-Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa in Victoria, and early intervention projects at the Australian Ballet and the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.Dr Shelton has a distinguished professional history in contemporary dance and is interested in the role of movement and body experience in evidence-based interventions for disordered eating and body dissatisfaction.Dr Angelique RalphDr Angelique Ralph is NEDC's Research Lead. She completed her PhD at the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney and has held research positions at the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney and in the School of Women and Children’s Health at the University of New South Wales.She is passionate about research translation, that is, bridging the gap between knowledge and action through making high-quality research accessible and relevant to those who can use it. Angelique is also a clinical psychologist and has held clinical positions at the Peter Beumont Eating Disorder Service and Children’s Hospital at Westmead.She currently works with people living with eating disorders in private practice and has a particular interest in working with adults with severe and enduring eating disorders, people with higher weight and people with comorbid chronic conditions.Emily HardmanEmily Hardman is NEDC’s Clinical Resource Project Coordinator. She is the project lead for NEDC’s evidence-based open access online introductory training, and over the past year has been leading the development of Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs. Emily is passionate about building an interested and skilled eating disorder workforce to support access to treatment and recovery outcomes for people experiencing eating disorders.Emily is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a background working as a clinical dietitian in mental health and private practice. She has experience providing care and treatment to people with eating disorders and body image issues, and their families and supports.Dr Jennifer ConwayDr Jennifer (Jenny) Conway has been a GP with a special interest in mental health and youth health for more than 25 years. Over the last decade she has developed a special interest in the role of GPs in early identification and active management of people living with ED. This came about due to the general lack of services and support for her patients where she has practiced for 25 years on the rural fringe east of Melbourne. Her interest has led her to working collaboratively with Eating Disorders Victoria and the Butterfly Foundation delivering workshops to GP across rural and regional  Victoria and Tasmania. A one- hour online module was developed for the RACGP as part of their online learning and an evaluation of this form of education became the subject of a Master of Medicine by research completed last year through the University of Melbourne.Jenny is passionate about the importance of early recognition and intervention when seeing patients with possible ED and was delighted when invited to have input into the development of the NEDC online modules. She is sure the modules will be a wonderful resource for health practitioners across Australia to upskill themselves in the early detection and provide evidence based best practice management for their patients. This has been shown time and again both in Australia and in overseas studies to give patients the best chance to make a full recovery from these most serious and potentially life threatening illnesses.


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