Psychiatry, Medicine & Primary Care

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This section focuses on the important interface between psychiatry, medicine, and primary healthcare. An appreciation of the need for interprofessional collaboration between mental health providers and disciplines that focused on primary healthcare delivery is a core component of the section's activities. 


Three significant areas of focus shaped the development of the section activities:

  1. The critical role of behavioural health in the maintenance of health and mental health, i.e. lifestyle psychiatry

  2. The limitations and barriers of mental healthcare access in low and middle-income countries

  3. The education, empowerment, and development of students in health and mental health from a global perspective and promote mental health integration into primary healthcare


The section is dedicated to creating working collaborations with other WPA Sections, other healthcare provider organisations, other mental health care provider organisations, and other key stakeholders involved with overall healthcare policy, delivery and education.

The current projects within the section include the following:

  1. The role of lifestyle psychiatry in healthcare

  2. The promotion and delivery of health and mental healthcare in low and middle-income countries

  3. Engaging students from across the spectrum of health and mental healthcare to integrate mental health into primary healthcare

Section Officers


David Baron - Chair - Psychiatry, Medici

David Baron

Address:  Department of Psychiatry, Keck School of Medicine, 
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, 
United States of America   



Bulent Coskun

Address: Kocaeli University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Umuttepe, 
41 380 Kocaeli, Turkey    


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Eugene Koh

Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,

University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.


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Upcoming Section Events

Virtual Meeting to Discuss Climate Change and Mental Health 

We are  pleased to inform you that the WPA Sections on Conflict Management & Resolution; Ecology, Psychiatry and Mental Health; and Psychiatry, Medicine and Primary Care leadership group are planning a joint initiative on Climate Change and Mental Health: TOTAL Health Consequences

Theme: Climate Change and Mental Health: TOTAL Health Consequences.

Venue: Virtual meeting (link to follow)

Date: 2 July 2022

Time:  TBA

Contact: Eliot SOREL MD, Founder, WPA Conflict Management & Resolution Section

We welcome any ideas and suggestions you wish to post on our meeting's agenda. Please send them to us by the 30th June