A lifetime's contribution to children's mental health

The Network’s Eating Disorder Service Coordinator A Prof Sloane Madden has been recognised for his exceptional contribution to the care of young people living with an eating disorder.

Peak body ANZAED (Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders) recently awarded Dr Madden, along with Mr Chris Thornton, the highly respected Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It is a real honour to receive this award both on a personal level but also on behalf of the eating disorder service at SCHN,” Dr Madden said.

“Over the past two decades the SCHN Eating Disorder service has driven models of care both nationally and internationally and become a leader in clinical based research. It is pleasing that all the hard work of the service has been acknowledged.”

Dr Madden is responsible for establishing the Network’s Eating Disorder Service (including the new day program) and making it paramount for children across NSW being treated for eating disorders. The service is an important part of the Statewide Eating Disorders Plan.

Upon receiving the award, Dr Madden said it had been a privilege to work with young people and be part of such a hardworking team of talented people.

“It is incredibly satisfying to work with young people and their families to be able to assist them through this difficult time in their lives and allow them to fulfil their potential,” Dr Madden said.

“It is always great to hear from these young people later in life and hear about the successes and achievements.”

Co-Lead of the Network’s Psychological Medicine Department, Dr Kath Knight, said these are the sorts of awards given to people toward the end of their career.

“It’s a testament to the level of achievement and his work thus far but we also look forward to seeing what he will do in the next 20 years,” Dr Knight said.

“It’s a critical time for mental health across NSW and Dr Madden has a very strong leadership role that is so important.”

Dr Madden has been the team leader of the Eating Disorders Service at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead since 2000 and the Network Coordinator since 2014.

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