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Dr Andrew Wallis is a clinical social worker and family therapist. He has been working with adolescents and their families for more than 30 years. Andrew has postgraduate qualifications in Systemic Family therapy and has had specialist training in the UK and USA for Family therapy for Anorexia Nervosa, Multiple Family Therapy and Attachment Based Family Therapy. In 2003 with colleagues at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, he established the first Family-Based Treatment program in Australia, and Multiple Family therapy for Anorexia Nervosa in 2014. He has been providing training, consultation and clinical supervision in Australia and New Zealand since 2005, helping to support public and private services to implement family therapy approaches to adolescent problems. Including a number of years on faculty with the USA based Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.


Andrew has also been involved in research and academic work with more than 30 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, including his PhD research on the impact of Family Based Therapy on family relationships.  Andrew’s first book - A Practical Guide to Family Therapy: Structured Guidelines and Key Skills. IP Communications: Melbourne, Australia was published in 2011 and a second book – Multiple Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa: A treatment manual, Routledge: London published in 2021. Andrew regularly reviews academic papers for a number of journals and is an assistant editor on the Journal of Eating Disorders.

In addition to clinical, academic and consultation Andrew is actively involved at a national level with eating disorder policy and practice initiatives as a member of the National Eating Disorder Collaboration executive committee and more recently on the NEDC Credentialing Expert Advisory Group and Training Providers Reference Group and was recently appointed to the ANZAED Credentialing Governing Council. Andrew was recently awarded the ANZAED 2023 Distinguished Achievement Award for his contribution the Eating Disorder Sector in Australiasia.


Andrew’s primary role is Lead of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Eating Disorder Service where his more recent focus has been service development, including the first and only tertiary level adolescent eating disorder day program in Australia.

Andrew was extensive clinical experience with young people and their families. In addition to the therapy models noted above he is informed by Open Dialogue, Emotion Focused Therapy and Radically-Open Dialectical Behvaviour Therapy and Adolescent Focused Therapy.

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