Prof. Miguel R. Jorge, a past World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Secretary for Sections (2005-2011), was elected Chair of the World Medical Association (WMA) Social-Medical Affairs Committee and - as such - a member of its Executive Committee, during the WMA 200th Council Meeting in last April.
Prof. Miguel R. Jorge is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Federal University of São Paulo, a former President of the Brazilian Association of Psychiatry and a long standing member of the World Health Organization Panel of Experts in Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
In October 2008, Prof. Jorge was elected the Brazilian Medical Association Director of International Affairs and start participating in the World Medical Association activities and meetings, representing the Brazilian Medical Association particularly at the WMA Work Group (WG) on the Revision of the Declaration of Helsinki, the WG on Health Care in Danger and the WG on Physician Well-Being. Prof. Jorge has recently proposed a revision of the WMA Statement on Ethical Issues Concerning Patients with Mental Illness, which is now under consultation with all 111 WMA National Medical Associations.
The World Medical Association was founded in 1947 with a central objective of to establish and promote the highest possible standards of ethical behavior and care by physicians. The WMA Council and its Standing Committees (Medical Ethics, Socio-Medical Affairs and Finance/Planning) regularly review, update and develop policies aiming to promote medical ethics, human rights (particularly, access to affordable health care), excellence in individual care, and the importance of an integrated and effective public health system.
Considering the extensive and successful activities that Prof. Miguel R. Jorge has developed in his academic career and in many national and international associations, his election to a high position at the World Medical Association represents another possibility of enhancing the importance of physicians taking mental health as an essential objective when providing comprehensive health care.
Professor Dinesh Bhugra, WPA President welcomed the news and congratulated Professor Jorge and said that this will not only improve links between the two organizations but will also ensure that voice of psychiatry is heard clearly.