August 16, 2019 - Hear Greta Thunberg

“At 11 I became ill.  I fell into depression.  I stopped talking.  And I stopped eating.  Later I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, OCD and selective mutism.  Which basically means I only speak when I think its necessary.  Now is one of those moments.”  ( Instagram @gretathunberg Source:  Ted Talks)

May 15, 2017 - Making Sense of Eating Disorders

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‘Joining the Dots’ conference this Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May, Perth, Western Australia.  View details/book here.  More posts on the topic of eating disorders here.

January 16, 2017 - Compulsive Exercise


Professor Phillipa Hay will be presenting a workshop in Perth on Friday 17th February, on Support and Management of Compulsive Exercise.  View Flyer for more information.  Image source.

October 10, 2016 - Invitation

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Art Therapist, Claudia Richards and myself will talk on the topic of ‘Creativity In Recovery’ at an event held at Princess Margaret Childrens Hospital organised by Bridges Eating Disorder Association for Mental Health week.  Bridges invites individuals, carers, clinicians and community members interested in recovery from negative body image and eating disorders.

When?  This Thursday 13th October. 5-6.30pm

Where?  Princess Margaret Childrens Hospital, Conference Room, Psychological Medicine, Princess Margaret Hospital, Roberts Road, Subiaco.


FREE event.  Please pass this on…

Image from book, ‘In My Room’.

March 22, 2016 - Eating Disorder Conference Perth

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Art by Shaun Tan.

Hope & Healing

An eating disorders conference will be held next week, 29-30th March, at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle for professionals, family members, carers and consumers.  Registrations close tomorrow.   See information here.  Or phone 9340 7711.  Organised by the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service Eating Disorders Program & Bridges Eating Disorders Association of WA.

I will be presenting ‘Hope & Healing Through Art & Stories’ at 11am on the Wednesday.    Previous posts relating to eating disorders on Black Dog here.  Catch last nights Australian Story, ‘The Beauty Myth’, changing our ideas on beauty and body image, on ABC Iview here.


September 26, 2014 - Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing



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Question was/is – ‘Why Have Our Children Stop Dancing’….

Wrote this article in 2007 reflecting on a presentation of the same title I gave at CAYPAKS (Children and Young People and Key Stakeholders) Convention, and Eating Disorder Prevention and Treatment Conference (2008).

I was thinking…..what if we could wave a magic wand to help young people feel better about themselves what would that world look like?  Dr Who and his time machine, the tardis, immediately came to mind.  I wondered whether I’d choose to travel into the future or past in search of a place that nurtured the growth of children? With the good ol’ days in mind, I ventured down memory lane . . . It was a time before automation, technology and mass media had stolen children’s creativity, curiosity and the opportunity for them to build a bank of experiences that develop character, strength and resilience—give life purpose and meaning.  A culture where the qualities of kindness, innovation, creativity, community involvement, authenticity, and a social and environmental conscience were considered as valuable, if not more so, as a university degree and a six figure salary.

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