The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health

It is a collaboration of people and organisations with expertise and interest in eating disorders. 

Over the past decade, the NEDC has engaged a significant group of stakeholders, experts and organisations in this work. The NEDC builds interdisciplinary coordination and evidence sharing, and provides evidence-based information for people with eating disorders, their families and carers, health and other professionals. Current priorities are supporting effective identification and pathways in primary care contexts, and developing a skilled treatment workforce with expertise based on nationally consistent standards.

Our purpose:

To support nationally consistent approaches to the prevention, early intervention and treatment of eating disorders. The NEDC synthesizes research evidence, clinical expertise and lived experience in national standards and workforce initiatives. It does this to build a safe, consistent and accessible system of care for people experiencing eating disorders.

Our vision:

  • Eating disorders are a priority mainstream health issue in Australia.

  • A healthy, diverse and inclusive Australian society acts to prevent eating disorders.

  • Every Australian at risk should have access to an effective continuum of eating disorders prevention, care and ongoing recovery support.

Our objectives:

The NEDC aims to improve the health outcomes of people with, or at risk of developing, an eating disorder in Australia. We recognise the need to take a long-term approach to the promotion, prevention and early intervention for eating disorders.

To achieve our objectives, the NEDC engages in the following actions and activities:

1. Works collaboratively to develop eating disorders knowledge

  • Builds, engages and supports a collaboration of experts, key stakeholders and people with an interest in eating disorders.

  • Builds intersectoral and interdisciplinary coordination and evidence sharing on eating disorders and fosters professional learning.

2. Promotes evidence-based information

  • Provides or facilitates access to helpful evidence-based information for young people and their families on the prevention and management of eating disorders and healthy eating.

  • Provides access to evidence-based information on the prevention and management of eating disorders, including identifying the best information available to help health practitioners and other professionals in the treatment, management and prevention of eating disorders.

3. Develops and promotes consistent national standards

  • Promotes a consistent evidence-based national approach to eating disorders.

  • Analyses existing resources and approaches, including their evidence base.

  • Builds/enhances and assists in raising awareness of a national evidence-based framework for the prevention and management of eating disorders.

  • Identifies gaps in the services and information available to people with eating disorders and their families.

4. Communicates the evidence

  • Develops and assists in implementing a comprehensive national strategy to communicate appropriate evidence-based messages to schools, the media and health service providers.

  • Identifies and works with key stakeholders and established initiatives to raise awareness of evidence-based approaches for the early intervention of eating disorders.


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