Who are we?

The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) is the state-wide program in the Victorian Government's commitment to the provision of quality services to those with eating disorders and their families. 

CEED was established in 2002 as part of the Victorian government's commitment to addressing and improving the quality of services available to people with eating disorders. CEED provides leadership and support through clinical consultation, training, resource and service development, to build quality and sustainable eating disorder treatment responses within the public specialist mental health service. We have also developed a range of early intervention strategies including interactive online resources. 

CEED is a state-wide program of Victoria's specialist public mental health services managed by North Western Mental Health. CEED is comprised of senior clinicians with extensive clinical experience in the eating disorders field.

CEED promotes excellence in eating disorders treatment through a focus on the following principles

  • Care should be based on current evidence
  • Service design and workforce development should be recovery oriented
  • Families and Carers are central members of any team
  • A planned care team approach


CEED Team:


Claire Diffey RPN, M Coup Rel Couns, ACMHN, Clinical Member AAFT, CEED Manager

Claire is a credentialed mental health nurse, individual, couples and family therapist with over 30 years’ experience in the mental health sector, particularly in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. She has extensive experience in consultation, education, training and service development in a broad range of service and educational systems. Family  empowerment and recovery focused approaches are a central aspect of her and CEED's work in supporting and collaborating with mental health services across Victoria in their delivery of eating disorders treatments.


Dr Paul Denborough, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Paul Denborough is a child and youth psychiatrist. As well as working for CEED he is the clinical director of Alfred Child and Youth Mental Health service and headspace. He is passionate about mainstreaming eating disorder treatment into the specialist mental health system to enable early intervention and better outcomes


Michelle Roberton BSc (Nutrition), Grad. Dip (Diet.), Grad. Dip (Hlth Ed), APD, AN
Eating Disorders Senior Clinician

Michelle is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive clinical experience in the mental health sector, working with people with eating disorders in a wide range of public and private sector settings, and treatment modalities. At CEED Michelle has taken a senior clinical role in clinical consultation, the development and delivery of training for health professionals in the eating disorders treatment and recovery and in service development support.


Dr Beth Shelton BEd (Drama, Dance), BA Hons, DPsych.
Eating Disorders Senior Clinician

Dr. Beth Shelton is a psychologist, consultant and educator in the areas of eating disorders and body image. Beth has a private practice, working with people with eating disorders. She is president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. Beth developed and led an innovative community early intervention program at Monash Link Community Health Service and was senior clinician/coordinator of the adult outpatient team of Monash Health’s eating disorder treatment service. Currently Beth is developing and researching an eating disorder treatment service model for primary health contexts. Beth also has a distinguished professional history as a contemporary dancer  and choreographer, and is interested in the role of movement and body experience in evidence-based interventions for disordered eating and body dissatisfaction.


Rachel King  BOccTher. 
Eating Disorders Senior Clinician

Rachel is an occupational therapist who has held various positions in the mental health sector in both Australia and the United Kingdom, including roles within specialist eating disorder programs (inpatient and outpatient).  She has been involved in leading service transformation, driving culture change and building workforce capability.  Currently, Rachel is completing her PhD exploring the acceptability of an integrated approach to eating disorders service delivery in Victoria.


Dr Emma Spiel BPsySc Hons, DPsych.
Eating Disorders Senior Clinician

Dr Emma Spiel is a registered clinical psychologist who has worked in the areas of eating disorders, disordered eating and body image across public and private mental health sectors. Emma has published research relating to body image and eating disorders in international peer-reviewed journals, and currently sits as convener of a body image special interest group. Emma is a trained yoga teacher and has a particular interest in the role of embodied and contemplative practices as an adjunct to first line eating disorder treatments. Her work at CEED is motivated by a passion to support high quality eating disorder treatment service delivery and accessibility.

Belinda Caldwell, Dip Applied Science (Nursing), Grad Dip Adv Nursing (Midwifery) MPH,
Carer Consultant and Project Manager - CEED Eating Disorders Project

Belinda Caldwell is the mother of a daughter who developed anorexia nervosa in 2011 at the age of 16 and participated in treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne with FBT. She previously worked as CEO of APNA, the peak professional organisation for nurses in primary health care and has worked in a variety of primary health care organisations over the last 20 years, managing a range of health improvement programs and projects. She is on the board of Families Empowering and Supporting the Treatment of Eating Disorders (FEAST) and is a carer representative on a number of state/national committees. Belinda is passionate about the role of families in early intervention, effective treatment and sustaining recovery. 

Dr Sarah Haberle BA Arts (Hons), PhD (Clinical Psychology)​ MAPS
Eating Disorders Senior Clinician
Sarah is a registered Clinical Psychologist with experience in both the public and private sectors, predominantly in working with children and adolescents presenting with complex mental health difficulties. Sarah is passionate about setting up strong treatment networks and collaborations throughout the state, with skills in  service development and multidisciplinary care and coordination. Outside of CEED, Sarah’s current clinical work is focused on supporting young people with overweight and obesity and she is completing her Masters in Nutrition. These clinical and research pathways underlie Sarah’s interest in the link between physical health and mental health and current care structures in this field.  

Alex Hillman, BOccScTher.
Eating Disorders Senior Clinician

Alex is an occupational therapist with experience in the public mental health sector, working with adults across a range of services. Alex is passionate about an integrated approach to eating disorders service delivery to improve access to treatment for people experiencing an eating disorder and their families. Alex has a particular interest in sensory approaches, and has been involved in several service development projects and multidisciplinary training in adult mental health. She has a keen interest in exploring the use of sensory approaches in eating disorders.


Jess Ryan, B.AppSc (Psych), GradDip (Psych), M.Psych (Clinical)
Eating Disorders Senior Clinician

Jess is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with people with eating disorders across public and private sectors. Jess has completed additional postgraduate training at The Bouverie Centre (Victoria’s Family Institution) specialising in family therapy. She is passionate about family inclusive practices, believing that directly engaging families is beneficial in the recovery process and fostering greater understanding for those involved. At CEED, Jess works within the youth team, providing clinical consultation and delivering training for health professionals. Her work is motivated by a desire increase the accessibility of high quality eating disorder treatment across Victoria and improve outcomes for people with eating disorder.