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About Us

InsideOut is Australia’s national institute for research and clinical excellence in eating disorders. With resources, rigour and perseverance we aim to transform the treatment landscape for eating disorders in this country, and ultimately find a cure.

The Institute comprises a team of expert researchers, clinicians and public policy-makers dedicated to solving the tyranny of eating disorders.

Transformation

To transform the treatment landscape for eating disorders in Australia and to find a cure through innovative research, collaboration and an enduring path of inquiry.

Respect & Integrity

Committed to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility, worthy of the trust patients and carers place in us.

Excellence

Scientific rigour informs all our endeavours.

Courage

To champion unpopular causes. To be brave in our thinking, and bold in our steps.

Our Mission

To transform the treatment landscape for eating disorders in Australia and to find a cure through innovative research, collaboration and an enduring path of inquiry.

Our Key Pillars

Research

To conduct, translate and disseminate innovative research evidence into the daily practice of front-line clinicians.

Clinical Innovation

To make available to every person with an eating disorder and their carers, early diagnosis, guidance through the health system, and equitable access to evidence-based treatment packages.

Education

To make the issue of eating disorders an everyday conversation, for everybody. Driven by the principles of knowledge translation, we will train the workforce in the most current evidence-based practice.

Public Policy

To provide coherent and integrated public policy to address the treatment of eating disorders in all relevant sectors.

Our History

On 30 April 2018, Australia's first national research centre for eating disorders, InsideOut Institute, was launched by Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt and NSW Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies.

Previously the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders, the institute was established after steady growth and clinical innovation - including the first NSW Health funding for a single staff member and for a single project, training general practitioners to treat eating disorders, to Ms Peta Marks in 2005 - which saw the organisation become a national leader in the field.

A collaboration between the Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney, the InsideOut Institute aims to provide every Australian living with an eating disorder access to the best possible care by rethinking eating disorders from the 'inside out'. The name InsideOut reflects our determination to bring eating disorders out of hiding and into the light of public discourse. Our name also reflects our goal - to transform the treatment landscape and reduce the personal toll of eating disorders by ensuring the best possible care and support is available to all.

We are funded by both the federal and state governments, as well as numerous competitive and philanthropic grants.

You can read our strategic plan here.