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About Us

History

The provincial training program is comprised of a Director (Dr. Gail McVey), a Provincial Eating Disorder Coordinator (Sharon Zister), an Intake Coordinator (Pat Valenti), and a steering committee of eating disorder experts from Ottawa (Dr. Wendy Spettigue), Toronto (Dr. Marion Olmsted, Dr. Debra Katzman, Dr. Cathleen Steinegger), Hamilton (Dr. Michele Laliberte), and Thunder Bay (Ms. Kerry Bourret).

The training is anchored in an evidence-based model of care. In addition, knowledge generated from new research projects is shared on an ongoing basis with training participants. This allows information about current practices in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders to be shared in a timely fashion. Training occurs both centrally, where the practitioners come to the hospitals, and locally, whereby OCOPED staff and network members travel to the regions, including remote areas. The training has resulted in the development of a provincial network of specialized eating disorder service providers across Ontario that span the 14 Local Health Integrated Networks (LHINs).

Click to download Eating Disorder Treatment Programs funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care 2015 (PDF)

Mission

Eating disorders can be seriously debilitating conditions. Timely and appropriate intervention is essential to prevent chronicity and the diminished quality of life that too often results when left untreated. Unfortunately, there are significant gaps in the continuum of specialized care for this population in the province of Ontario. The mandate of the Outreach Program is to promote the spectrum of age-appropriate care throughout all regions of the province. Educating and supporting practitioners can facilitate access to community-based care for people with eating disorders. Regionalization of the continuum of care insures accessibility to timely and appropriate intervention. The Outreach Program endeavours to achieve these goals by:

  • Identifying partnerships within the health care system.
  • Providing education and training experiences to partners.
  • Fostering the regionalization of specialized services.
  • Facilitating easier access to community-based services by the consumer.

Partnerships

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in partnership with:

  • The University Health Network (Toronto General Division)
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Provincial network of specialized eating disorder service providers