January 2018
Iranian Psychiatric Association

Webpage: http://irpsychiatry.ir

Introduction
Iranian Psychiatric Association (IPA) was founded in 1966 in Tehran as a nongovernmental organization (NGO). IPA works as a platform to bring together Iranian psychiatrists through participatory approach and support them to increase their scientific and technical knowledge in the area, promote mental health in the society, fight against stigma of mental illness and pursue the dignity and rights of people with mental illness. IPA follows an evidence-based approach, develops guidelines for management of clinical conditions, contributes to research and training of psychiatrists at the national level and highlights their important role in all of the above mentioned endeavors. Most national level activities are coordinated through an intersectoral approach.

Organization
Currently there are 1756 psychiatrists in Iran of which 1084 are members of the association. The central executive board is composed of seven members, which are selected in an election held during one of the annual national congresses of psychiatry. The members are elected by blind votes for 3 years. Currently, members of the executive board are:
President: Dr. Maryam Rasoulian
Vice-President: Dr. Mohammad Taghi Yasamy
Secretary General: Dr. Homayoun Amini
Treasurer: Dr. Amir Shabani
other executive members: Dr. Ahmad Jalili, Dr. Mehdi Nasr Esfhani, Dr. Mohammad Ali Hemmati
There are 12 regional branches throughout the country. A number of executive or scientific committees are currently active and are supervised by the executive board of IPA. These regional branches and executive or scientific committees suggest strategic plans to promote national education and research in the field of psychiatry. There are also specific committees to help the residents of psychiatry and the early career psychiatrists. IPA scientific committees include child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, ethics and forensic psychiatry, social and community psychiatry, psychotherapy, neuropsychiatry, psychosomatics, biological therapies in psychiatry, mood disorders, psychosexual disorders, addiction, suicide prevention, literature and psychiatry, media, stigma and psychiatry, urbanization and mental health.

Activities:
- meetings:

  • Holding the annual national congress
  • Multidisciplinary thematic conferences related to specific committees (2 or 3 times per year)
  • Educational conferences for continued medical education of general practitioners and psychiatrists (4 or 5 times per year)
  • Other training courses for general practitioners (2 or 3 times per year)
  • Monthly seminars on diverse scientific topics

- Awarding prizes for outstanding residents of psychiatry or young psychiatrists

- Development of the Ethical Code in Psychiatry

- Contributing to planning and offering training to mental health professionals

- Participation in WPA scientific meetings

- Contributing to national level mental health policy making

- Preparing and proposing a new version of Mental Health ACT (under review by the parliament)
- Publication of newsletter, which includes psychiatric news, interviews with outstanding psychiatrists, and highlights of scientific articles in the field (4 issues per year)

  

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