EPA Minds Online N°10/2013

Echoes from EPA's 30th Anniversary Symposium

We are pleased to announce that 60 participants from 17 countries joined us in Strasbourg on 15 November  for EPA's 30th Anniversary Symposium “Are People with Mental Illness Truly Citizens of Europe?” 

This event was held under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland and in the framework of the European Year of Citizens.

The morning session featured presentations from Thorsten Afflerbach (Council of Europe), Merete Nordentoft (Denmark), Andreas Heinz (Germany) and Norman Sartorius (Switzerland).

In the afternoon, there was a round table discussion led by Marianne Kastrup, Chair of EPA's Committee on Ethical Issues. The round table participants included:

  • Danuta Wasserman, EPA President
  • Michael Hübel, European Commission - DG Sanco
  • Matt Muijen, WHO Europe representative
  • Bert Johnson, EUFAMI President
  • Diane Goslar, Patient
  • Evelyn Bitcon, Carer
It was very interesting to hear the different perspectives from patients, carers, family members, psychiatrists and other health professional’s points of view. All parties agreed that the trialogue between carer, patient and health professional is extremely important to the success of the treatment.

Following the symposium, participants were invited to a cocktail reception at the Strasbourg City Hall. Dr. Alexander Feltz, Strasbourg Councillor for Health, explained that Strasbourg has recently started construction of a new psychiatric facility in the city centre. Participants welcomed this news enthusiastically.

President of the EPA, Professor Danuta Wasserman, thanked Dr. Feltz for the invitation to the City Hall, allowing collaboration between the EPA, not only with professionals, patients and carers, but also with politicians. The EPA was very pleased to have the opportunity to visit the City Hall in Strasbourg in the heart of Alsace and to be able to share their activity and experiences.

The EPA would like to express its gratitude to the following establishments for their support of this event: Alsace Region, City of Strasbourg, Council of Europe.
EPA Itinerant CME Course Programmes 2013 & 2014

Since 2003, EPA has been carrying out its Itinerant CME Course Programme which consists of organising EPA Academia CME courses in collaboration with important EPA partners. Already three courses have been held this autumn:
  • 21 September 2013 - Cluj Napoca, ROMANIA “Delusions-diagnosis and treatment” - M. Musalek, in collaboration with the Romanian Association of Psychiatric Trainees
  • 11 October 2013 - Riga, LATVIA “Update on Diagnosing Dementia” - C. de Mendonça Lima & K. Ebmeier, in collaboration with the Latvian Psychiatric Association
  • 16 November 2013 - Mostar, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA “Leadership skills in Psychiatry” - D. Bhugra, in collaboration with the Psychiatric Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Two additional courses will be held in November:
  • 22 November 2013 - Dublin, IRELAND “How to develop a programme against stigma and discrimination because of schizophrenia” - N. Sartorius & H. Stuart, in collaboration with the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland
  • 28 November 2013 - Nice, FRANCE “Update on Diagnosing Dementia” - P. Robert & D. Renaud, in collaboration with the French Congress of Psychiatry
Finally, the call for 2014 courses is currently ongoing. Interested National Psychiatric Associations are invited to contact the EPA Administrative Office for more information.
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