Who is eligible for the credential?
Mental health professionals and dietitians providing treatment for people with eating disorders that have the required experience, training, and professional development activities are eligible for the credential. Mental health professionals include counsellors, general practitioners, mental health nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and social workers.
General practitioners’ and psychiatrists’ eligibility for the credential is as the provider of psychological therapy; that is, the credential does not reflect their role in the multidisciplinary team as medical practitioner, management of medications, or in review of eating disorder management plans. Within the role of a treatment provider for people living with an eating disorder as a mental health professional or dietitian, working within one’s scope of practice is crucial.
Applicants are required to provide written evidence of the following:
Mental health professionals:
Two years mental health clinical practice (equating to a minimum of 300 hours per year of direct client work).
Mental health professionals should demonstrate post-undergraduate qualification clinical practice
and consolidation of skills. This includes (but is not limited to): coordination of services,
establishing a positive therapeutic alliance, professional responsibility, knowledge of levels of care,
mental health assessment, mental health diagnosis, mental health intervention, managing risk, and
monitoring and evaluation.
Two years clinical practice (equating to a minimum of 300 hours per year of direct client work). Dietitians are not required to complete this practice in a mental health setting.
Dietitians should demonstrate post-undergraduate qualification clinical practice and consolidation
of skills in general dietetic screening, assessment, nutrition diagnosis, intervention, monitoring
Mental health professionals and dietitians are required to complete an Introduction to Eating Disorders for Health Professionals training. The training should cover the following areas outlined in the NEDC Core Competencies and the ANZAED Eating Disorder Treatment Principles and Clinical Practice and Training Standards for the Treatment of Eating Disorders.
Mental health professionals:
All mental health professionals must be trained in at least one evidence-based treatment model for eating disorders. The models which are included within the scope of the Credential are:
- Family Based Treatment (FBT), also known as Family Based Therapy for Anorexia, or Maudsley Family Therapy
- Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Guided Self Help (CBT-GSH)
- Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM)
- Maudsley model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA)
- Adolescent-Focused Therapy (AFT)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders (IPT-ED)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (DBT-ED)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (CBT-AN)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa (CBT-BN)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder (CBT-BED)
- Focal Psychodynamic Therapy for Eating Disorders
Dietitians must be trained in evidence-informed dietetic practice for eating disorders. The evidence-informed dietetic practice training should cover the areas outlined in the ANZAED Practice and Training Standards for Dietitians Providing Eating Disorder Treatment.
As an ongoing requirement of the Credential, all clinicians must complete a minimum of 6 hours of supervision relevant to eating disorders per year, including at least 3 hours in an individual (1:1) format. Applicants will need to submit a Supervision plan for the coming year on application and renewal of the credential.
As an ongoing requirement of the Credential, all clinicians must complete a minimum of 15-hours of CPD relevant to eating disorders per year. Applicants will need to submit a CPD plan for the coming year on application and renewal of the credential.
Limited evidence sunset clause
The limited evidence sunset clause ended on 30 June 2022.
A sunset clause was available for eating disorder clinicians currently practising who may not have completed the formal training outlined by the Credential criteria or do not have supporting evidence such as certification. Under the sunset clause transition period, in lieu of certificate evidence, applicants could provide written evidence describing how their previous training and/or clinical experience have developed their knowledge and skills equivalent to those required under the Credential training requirements. Further information about the sunset clause, including examples, is included in the Clinician Information Pack.
Which Credential application pathway is right for you?
Your work setting will determine the application pathway for the Credential, reflecting the various structures for professional governance and standards of practice. There are two pathways in which you can apply for the Credential:
This pathway is applicable to clinicians working in private practice. This may be as a sole provider, within a profession-specific clinic (for example, psychology), as part of a private multi-disciplinary clinic, or working in a headspace centre. A clinician who works in private practice and another setting (for example, public health) must apply through the Private Practice pathway. Mental health professionals and dietitians working in private practice must be registered with the relevant regulatory body or a member of their relevant professional body to be eligible for the credential.
Clinicians in self-regulated professions must be a member of their professional body, these include:
- Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
- Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
- Dietitians Australia (DA)
- Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
Professions regulated under Australian Health Practitioner Regulation (AHPRA) are required to provide a registration number.
Mental health nurses must hold the ACMHN Credential as awarded by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
Nurse practitioners must be endorsed nurse practitioners under the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (AHPRA).
Clinicians will be required to provide certification of this endorsement in your application.
Clinicians applying under this pathway may be employed in settings that are not private practice. This includes, but is not limited to, public mental health services, public or private hospitals, eating disorder day programs, inpatient treatment settings, non-government organisations, or Primary Health Networks. Those applying under this pathway will need to provide certified evidence of employment and professional qualification.
Clinician Information Pack
To prepare for your application and find out more about the Credential criteria download the Clinician Information Pack.
Practice Standards & Scope of Practice
In applying for the eating disorder credential, you are required to be familiar with, and practice in accordance with your regulatory or professional body’s Standards, Guidelines, and Code of Ethics and/or the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (Australian Government, 2013).
As detailed by your regulatory or professional body and/or the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (Australian Government, 2013), you are required to work within your scope of practice. View the Scope of Practice Guideline.
The administrative fees for the Credential are:
Credential Application fee $100 + GST
To become credentialed, applicants will need to pay an initial administrative fee for their application to be assessed, along with the Annual Credential fee detailed below.
Annual Credential fee $150 +GST
Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinicians will pay an ongoing annual fee to maintain their credentialed status, due on 1 July each year. The ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential runs from 1 July to 30 June.
The ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential follows the fiscal year (1 July – 30 June)
In applying for the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the NEDC Workforce Core Competencies and the ANZAED Clinical Practice and Training Standards, and also read the Credential Terms and Conditions. The application process and a helpful preparation checklist can be found in the Clinician Information Pack.