CPD Review

“…a huge thank you so much for running the BED workshops this year, both the one hour deep dives and the longer trainings.  I have told everyone in the Perth Eating Disorder Network how helpful they have been, so you may find some of my colleagues enrolling next year. 

I have learnt so much from all of the training this year, and in particular I feel I have a better framework in my mind for working with clients who don’t have a restrictive eating history.  I also found it enlightening to hear from people who work at the metabolic / bariatric services, and to see the commonalities in approaches.   Although I don’t tend to use a lot of measures in therapy, I have been using the EBQ to look at those underlying beliefs, and clients really like it.  I’m going to start using the body image ones next year. …”

-recent CPD participant


Carmel has obviously put a lot of time into thinking about the issues, and as a result the training was very clear, consistent and had a high level of clinical and theoretical rigour. It was the best training I have done in a long time. It’s also always great to do training with lots of HAES aligned people, and to meet other ED clinicians on zoom.


The trainer was very knowledgeable about the subject, the resources are very helpful to use. Carmel was engaging, you felt comfortable to ask questions.

Melinda Tankard Reist

BodyMatters is an idea whose time has well and truly come.

In the midst of the barrage of messages about ‘obesity’ and the preaching of ‘weight loss’ at any cost, comes a voice of reason, integrity and compassion.

BodyMatters applies a health-based, not weight-based, approach to food and wellness. You won’t hear them recommending scales or tape measures or counting calories or magic diets. In fact, they will expose how our epidemic of disordered eating is fuelled by unhealthy – even dangerous – weight loss practices.

Maggie Hamilton

I just want to thank you for your exceptionally intelligent, well-informed, up-to-the-minute contribution to the eating issues area. Your work is so powerful as you are practitioners in the area. Your knowledge of drug and surgical interventions and their concerning effects is impressive and important.

I’d love to see you in front of every high school class in Australia.

Congratulations, Maggie.

Toni Eckert

I attended a Community Forum on the Central Coast where Lydia Jade Turner was presenting. Her presentation on Eating Disorders was so informative and well presented that I booked Lydia with Sarah McMahon to present a workshop for Centrelink Interns and Registered Psychologists, Social Workers and other Allied Health Professionals working for Centrelink. This workshop was attended by 26 professionals from the Central Coast, Newcastle and Maitland areas as part of their professional training and development programme.

All feedback was positive. Those attending were impressed by the professionalism and honesty. They were presented with many challenging questions and were able to meet the needs of the whole group. The presentation format was excellent with a good balance between serious reporting of the facts and humour to get the points across. The audience is always discriminatory and has high expectations of presenters. Their satisfaction with the workshop is a high recommendation! The participants are now much better equipped to recognise the symptoms of Eating Disorders and to recommend appropriate resources for treatment. Details of the workshop and presenters were given to the Australian Psychological Society and recognised for the awarding of Professional Development points.

Stephanie, GP

This training course completely altered my course of thinking and future course of management in the treatment of ‘obesity’ as a general practitioner. The most illuminating education course I have attended. SUPERLATIVE presentation. Thank you!

Name Withheld, GP

I cannot thank BodyMatters enough for their expert presentation on disordered eating. As a GP I regularly provide advice and support to people suffering from harmful weight-loss practices and obesity. After listening BodyMatters presenters, I realise that much of the advice my colleagues and I have been giving, may actually be causing harm. Their presentation was outstanding and will inform my work from here on in a manner that promotes good health and not harm. I would recommend BodyMatters to any health professional in New Zealand.

Attendee at The University of Sydney

I have only one suggestion for the improvement of this training course: consider a series! 🙂

Attendee at The University of Auckland

There was a great deal of useful information imparted, which I wanted. Often I find courses spend so much time with small group discussions, I come away feeling like I have learned very little. Here there was the right balance of small group discussions with actual teaching – so I learned a lot, which is also great value for money. The tutors were passionate and very knowledgable on the subject.