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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



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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Rodrigo Ramalho

The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019,
Auckland 1142,
New Zealand



>> Please click here to see the Section Members list.

Upcoming Section Events

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The WPA Section on Psychiatry Medicine and Primary Care and The Association for Community Mental Health Promotion are hosting a World Mental Health Day Zoom Party. During the party, medical students and senior mental health educators will share their stories about this year's theme and other global mental health topics.


When: 10th of October at 8:00am CET.

Where: Online

More information can be found here and you can register for this event here.

Spaces to the zoom party are extremely limited, but it is also possible to join the live stream on the Toplum Ruh Sağlığını Geliştirme Derneği YouTube channel here.

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