Eating Disorders Research

Group Leaders: Dr Sloane Madden, Associate Professor Michael Kohn and Mr Andrew Wallis

The Eating Disorder Service (EDS) at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead is the largest child and adolescent eating disorder service in NSW.

Every year, hundreds of children throughout NSW and beyond receive care and support from the eating disorder team. Key to its success has been a strong clinical research focus driving treatment innovation in the treatment of children and their families with this challenging condition. The team has over 15 years of clinical research expertise and is a leader in providing evidence-based training in medical and psychiatric management and family-based treatment.

Over recent years the CHW eating disorder research team has forged strong links with other treatment services and universities locally, nationally and internationally.  Key partners include the Adolescent Eating Disorder Service at Westmead Hospital, CHW Gastroenterology and Endocrinology, Psychology and Psychological Medicine at the University of Sydney, The University of Western Sydney, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth, The Garvan Institute, The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Units, Stanford University, The University of Chicago, Great Ormond St Paediatric Hospital in London, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Loughborough University and the University of Kiel.

The service is very supportive of student research and in 2014-5 supported 12 individual student projects from honours to PhD both nationally and internationally.