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November 2011
Farewell message as past Secretary for Publications 2008-2011

Prof. Helen HerrmanMy sincere thanks to Mario Maj and all members of the Executive Committee with whom I have served as Secretary for Publications over the past six years. I extend my gratitude to colleagues in all parts of WPA for friendship and help over this time, including members of WPA societies across the world with whom I have cooperated on a series of projects. I have valued the opportunity to contribute to the effort of WPA and to see projects flourish with the work of dedicated colleagues.

My special appreciation goes to Anna Engstrom, Francesca Sotgiu and Pamela Atiase who have been wonderful colleagues and managed to maintain the work of the Association in all sorts of circumstances.

It has been a privilege to work with distinguished colleagues as editors and authors in the WPA books program, and to see the success of our endeavours. I acknowledge the support of members of the Operational Committee for Publications in each of the two triennia. I give special thanks to members of the publications taskforce who have done great work in providing support to editors of psychiatric journals in low-income countries. I am indebted to members of the WPA taskforce and special advisers on working with service users and family carers for their creative contribution to the new WPA recommendations and amendment to the Madrid Declaration on this topic.

I congratulate the newly elected members of the Executive Committee and Board and wish success to the President and everybody involved in WPA in the important work ahead for world psychiatry.  Having been a candidate for the position of President-Elect in the recent elections, I express my gratitude for the strength of support, interest and help that I experienced from many people through this process.  In a close election I really appreciate the enormous support and goodwill from peers all around the world.

Although my candidacy was not ultimately successful for this position, I remain committed to the agenda of strengthening global psychiatry through better integration with health and greater diversity of participation and look forward to other opportunities to pursue this and to work with many of you in the future.  I look forward to our continuing friendship and collaboration.

Professor Helen Herrman
The University of Melbourne, Australia
October 2011

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