This article from The International Journal of Eating Disorders highlights the lack of systematic training in medical schools in the US to treat the psychiatric illness with the highest mortality rate.
From the abstract:
"Of the 637 responding pro- grams, 514 did not offer any scheduled or elective rotations for EDs. Of the 123 programs offering rotations, only 42 offered a formal, scheduled rotation".
So, if your clinician is not being trained as in Eating Disorders why would you expect them to be able to provide adequate treatment? I'm not sure the situation in Australia is much better.
I would love to hear from The Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders and the National Eating Disorder Collaboration about what they are doing to change this situation.
Chris Basten & Chris Thornton will be running some more training and Supervision programs for later this year and throughout next year. Details to follow.