January 2009

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Message from WPA President

Professor Mario Maj

"The WPA Action Plan 2008-2011"
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WPA Response to the Gaza Emergency

Prof. Mario Maj, President of the World Psychiatric Association, met in Geneva on January 19, 2009 with the leadership of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of the World Health Organization. They agreed about a joint response to the Gaza emergency. Read more...

WPA International Congress

The WPA International Congress-Treatments in Psychiatry:
A New Update: 1-4 April 2009, Florence, Italy

Final programme available - http://www.wpa2009florence.org

The WPA International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: A New Update” will take place in Florence, Italy, from 1 to 4 April, 2009. It will be the follow-up to the 2004 WPA International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: An Update”, which was the second most attended psychiatric congress worldwide in that year, with almost 7,000 participants. This time more than 8,000 delegates are expected.

Exemplary experiences in Mental Health and Psychiatry across the World

The Asia-Pacific Community Mental Health Development (APCMHD) project was established in 2005 to explore diverse leading models or approaches to community mental health service delivery in the Asia-Pacific region. The objective is to illustrate and promote best practice in mental health care in the community through use of information exchange, current evidence and practical experience in the region. Read entire document

SCARF is the acronym for the Schizophrenia Research Foundation, a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Chennai (formerly Madras) in South India. SCARF was established in 1984 by a group of philanthropists and mental health professionals led by Dr. M. Sarada Menon, an internationally renowned psychiatrist. In the twenty five years since, SCARF has reinforced itself as a center of repute in rehabilitation and research in disorders of the mind. Read entire document.

A Psychiatrist Wanted for Great Cause
The Department of Psychiatry at Jimma University which is situated in Jimma, Ethiopia, is planning to launch a two year innovative graduate training program for mid-level health professionals. They are searching for a psychiatrist to help start a new program to train mental health professionals with master's degree.

News from the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria
Dr. Oyewusi Gureje, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine and who is also the President of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria was conferred with the award of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) by the President of Nigeria.

News from the Norwegian Psychiatric Association
The Norwegian Psychiatric Association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. One of the most successful initiatives the association undertook during the celebration was to make a ten point manifesto on health policy.

The 4th SAARC Psychiatric Federation meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh
SAARC Psychiatric Federation organised its 4th regional meeting in Dhaka from 1-3 November 2008.

News from the South African Society of Psychiatrists
The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) has, at its last annual general meeting at Fancourt, George converted from an Associated to a Not – for – Profit Company.

News from the Russian Society of Psychiatrists
The Annual Conference of Russian Society of Psychiatrists was held on 28-30 October 2008 in Moscow. The title was: Realization of subprogramme “Mental disorders” of Federal dedicated programme “Prevention and control of socially significant diseases”. 

Latest news from the Kyrgyz Psychiatric Association
The esteemed Professor V. V. Solojenkin was the founder and leader of Kyrgyz Psychiatric Association (KPA) until 2007. After the elections that had taken place in 2007 a new Executive Committee was formed.

WAM Earthquake Quetta Pakistan
A team comprising of President Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) and Immediate Past President Prof. Riaz Bhatti with other eminent psychiatrists visited the earthquake area.

Psychiatry Board Certification
Psychiatry board certification examinations were initiated in Turkey in 2006. The aim was to motivate psychiatrists who had already been qualified in psychiatry to be up to date in recent developments in the field, thus improving good clinical practice and quality of psychiatric services in the country.

News from Group of Latino American for Study of Transcultural Psychiatry (GLADET)
GLADET, has recently published a book that is the product of the First International Congress that has been organized by GLADET, which was successfully held on April 17-20, 2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The International Consensus Statement on Women’s Mental Health and the WPA Consensus Statement on Interpersonal Violence against Women
In 1999, women’s mental health leaders from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia began a fact finding process to determine the psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors which were most salient to women’s mental health and mental illness. At the 2001 First World Congress on Women’s Mental Health in Berlin, they rank ordered these factors.

The WPA Section on Public Policy and Psychiatry has recently updated their Web pages to include their field of interest and activities. View Section web pages.

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