The Annual Congress of the Czech Psychiatric Association took place in Spindleruv Mlyn, Krkonose mountain region in the northern part of Bohemia with the participation of more than 600 Czech, Moravian and Slovak psychiatrists, nurses and consumers. The motto of the conference was “Civilization, time course and mental disorders”. Accordingly, two plenary lectures were held by a well-known Czech astronomist Jiri Grygar with the title “Century of panspermia” and by a Swiss chronobiologist Anna Wirz-Justice titled “Circadian rhythms are important for health”. Prof. Wirz-Justice also opened at the conference a special course of chronotherapy for local physicians and nurses supported by a Swiss-Czech grant.
Major changes of the structure and financing of the mental health care in the Czech Republic are prepared by the Ministry of Health. Therefore it was important that the Chair of the Health Committee of the Czech Parliament (Boris Stastny), the Director of the European Funds Commission of the Ministry of Health (Jan Bodnar), and the General Director of the major Health Insurance Company (Pavel Horak) participated in a special meeting and informed about their ideas regarding this transformation.
Livia Vavrusova, president of the Slovak Psychiatric Association was awarded Honorary Membership of the Czech Psychiatric Association, which reflects traditionally very good relationships of Czech and Slovak Societies.
The next International Congress of the WPA to be held in Prague on October 17 - 21, 2012 was promoted at the Congress and high expectations were expressed by many participants.
WPA Zonal Representative for Zone 9 (Central Europe)
The opening of the General Assembly of the Czech Psychiatric Association. From L to R: Juraj Rektor (Vice-President), Jiri Raboch (President), and Radek Prikryl (Scientific Secretary).