International Keynote speaker: Dr Josie Geller
Dr. Josie Geller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and the Director of Research in the Eating Disorders Program at St. Paul’s Hospital, Canada.
Josie's clinical and research interests over the past two decades have focused on intra and inter-personal factors that facilitate change in individuals with eating disorders. This includes use of a collaborative stance to facilitate engagement, understanding and managing readiness and motivation for change, and working with treatment non-negotiables to enhance patient autonomy.
More recently, Josie has studied therapeutic elements across evidence based treatments, factors that contribute to maintaining a collaborative stance, and the role of self compassion for eating disorder patients, carers and clinicians
Josie has worked in the assessment and treatment of individuals with eating disorders, and expanded her work to other populations, including HIV, substance use, and obesity. She is supported by grants from the Canadian Institute for Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is widely published and is an internationally renowned speaker.
Keynote Speaker: Kate Carnell
Kate Carnell AO is a leading Australian business administrator and politician who has worked as Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory and CEO of beyondblue for two years involving advocacy and community awareness for depression and related conditions. She has a childhood experience of Anorexia Nervosa.
Her current role is the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). Prior to her appointment as the inaugural ASBFEO, Kate held the position of CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia. She has also served four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, four years as CEO of the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) and three years as CEO of the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI).
Kate is a pharmacist by profession and was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology