Mental Health News – March ’17
National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC)
Eating disorders affect around 1 in 20 Australians and the rate of illness in the Australian population is increasing. GPs, nurses, AOD workers, medical practitioners, counsellors, allied and community health professionals and other key stakeholders in positions of care are often the first point of contact for individuals experiencing an eating disorder. However, research shows that nearly half of all health professionals have not received formal instruction or professional development on eating disorders.
The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) collaborates, connects and communicates closely with key stakeholders and experts in mental health, public health, research, health promotion, education, sports and fitness and the community. We aim to provide resources to better support professionals caring for people at risk of or living with an eating disorder, as well as support carers and consumers affected by these serious mental illnesses.
The NEDC can provide:
- Professional Development: Opportunities to request and attend free eating disorders education sessions relevant to your profession (e.g. face-to-face training, conference speakers and consultation).
- Resources: Access to free professional resources on the prevention, identification and response to eating disorders.
- Membership: Free membership includes a monthly e-Bulletin, access to current research, opportunities to contribute to NEDC projects and networking events connecting key stakeholders. For membership information visit: http://nedc.com.au/become-a-member
NEDC is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
DASS in 44 languages
The DASS is a 42-item self-report instrument designed to measure the three negative emotional states of depression, anxiety and tension/stress. The DASS questionnaire is in the public domain, and can be downloaded here.
The DASS was constructed not merely as another set of scales to measure conventionally defined emotional states, but to further the process of defining, understanding, and measuring the ubiquitous and clinically significant emotional states usually described as depression, anxiety and stress. The DASS should thus meet the requirements of both researchers and scientist-professional clinicians.
The DASS translations are available here: http://www2.psy.unsw.edu.au/dass/translations.htm