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.

 
Dr Rachel Gold BBSc (Hons) DPsych (Clinical) MAPS 
Eating Disorders Clinician

Rachel is a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with both adolescents and adults (and their carers) with eating disorders. Rachel has worked in a range of private and public sector settings and uses a broad range of treatment modalities. Her Doctoral thesis explored barriers to help seeking in adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa. Rachel is passionate about encouraging early intervention and treatment of eating disorders across the whole community by empowering carers, people affected by eating disorders and health professionals to support this.

 
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.