World Psychiatric Association International Congress 2007

The World Psychiatric Association International Congress 2007 will be held in Melbourne, Australia on the 28th of November to the 2nd of December. This year’s theme is Working Together for Mental Health: Partnerships for Policy and Practice.

The 2007 Congress will feature a high quality Scientific Program of global significance and regional relevance.

The Scientific Program will:
• Include papers on leading trends and research findings from a wide range of psychiatry and mental health perspectives
• Be cutting-edge, featuring the latest advances in treatment, service provision and mental health care
• Comprise an impressive line up of international speakers and opinion leaders from across the mental health arena

The Scientific Program will cover a range of topics and themes relevant to all involved in mental health.

The perspectives and experiences of practising clinicians, consumers, carers, indigenous community, Asia and Australasia, will be interwoven through the program.

The key streams under the theme Working Together for Mental Health: Partnerships for Policy and Practice are (in alphabetical order):

• Addiction Psychiatry
• Advances in the Management of Psychosis and Mood Disorders
• Biological Psychiatry/Psychopharmacology
• Community Linkages
• Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
• Nursing
• Old Age Psychiatry
• Policy Development
• Primary Care and Mental Health
• Psychiatry and Physical Illness
• Psychology
• Regional and Cross Cultural Collaboration
• Service Models: Evidence and Implementation
• Other: eg. Psychotherapy, Suicide, Anxiety Disorder

The Scientific Program offered at this Congress will be the highlight of 2007 for all those involved in mental health policy and clinical practice.



Advances in Clinical Treatments in Psychiatry
The Scientific Program boasts a line up of international speakers in the field of clinical psychiatry. The Program will feature lectures and sessions on the latest treatments and advances in clinical psychiatry, such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and mood disorders.

Consensus Meeting and Symposium on the Asia-Pacific Community Mental Health Development Project
The aim of this project is to illustrate and inspire best practice in mental health care in the community through the use of information exchange, current evidence and practical experience in the Asia-Pacific region. This project involves over 10 countries and is supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and peak international bodies in the region.

Primary Care and Mental Health Stream
General Practitioners (GPs) provide the bulk of mental health care in Australasia, especially for high prevalence disorders such as depression and anxiety. Given the importance of GPs in mental health, a stream has been established to provide a forum specifically for GPs interested in mental health care. This is an opportunity to discuss issues and practical solutions and network with other professionals in mental health.

Psychology Stream
Psychological treatments are effective in managing many common mental health disorders. A separate stream has been established to enable Psychologists to get the most up-to-date evidence-based practice information and to explore research and issues that affect Psychologists working in mental health.

Nursing Stream
Mental Health Nurses play a major role in the provision of mental health care. The Nursing stream will enable Mental Health Nurses to: explore practice, research and education issues that affect nurses who work in mental health; discuss the future of the mental health workforce; and increase the awareness and ability of nurses to deliver new models of care and interventions.

Indigenous Perspectives
Indigenous perspectives, experiences and learning will be integrated into the Scientific Program and social cultural activities. Presentations will involve mental health workers, traditional healers, government officials and the community.

Consumers and Carers
The perspectives and experiences of consumers and carers will be interwoven into the Program and social activities. Consumers and carers have been involved in all aspects of the Congress organisation and this will be reflected in the Program content.

Research in Psychiatry, includes ASPR 2007
The Program will feature a rich variety of research findings. A parallel stream during the middle two days of the conference will feature the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research Annual Meeting (titled ‘ASPR at WPA’). This will showcase research conducted in the region, including that by young researchers, across the spectrum from biological psychiatry to epidemiology. ASPR at WPA will be an excellent opportunity for delegates interested in research to put their hypothesis testing hats on and to cultivate new research linkages.

For more information, visit the official website.

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