Public Policy and Psychiatry

CHAIR: Michaela Amering
Address: Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Medical University of Vienna Währinger Gürtel 18-20 1090 Vienna Austria    
Phone: 43 1 404003502
Fax: 43 1 404003714
E-mail: michaela.amering@meduniwien.ac.at
CO-CHAIR: Wolfgang Rutz Address: Surbrunnsgatan 40/II 11348 Stockholm Sweden   
Phone: 46 70 6115858
E-mail: wolfgang@rutz.se
SECRETARY: Jonathan Burns
Address:  Department of Psychiatry Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine University of KwaZulu-Natal 719 Umbilo Road Private Bag 7 Durban 4000 South Africa  
Phone: 27 31 2604321
Fax: 27 31 2604322
E-mail: burns@ukzn.ac.za

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Field of interest and activities

Public policy influences psychiatry and mental health and illness in a multitude of ways. Consequently the role of the Section on Public Policy and Psychiatry is very broad and includes:

  • Promoting the understanding of mental illness in the general public
  • Combating the stigma of mental illness
  • Encouraging policy-makers to use epidemiological data in making health policy decisions
  • Evaluating community commitment laws to establish which provisions are most socially and individually appropriate
  • Establishing advantageous legal frameworks for businesses that employ people with disabilities
  • Helping to correct the disincentives to employment engendered by national disability pension schemes
  • Advising on the development of adequate funding for mental health services and recovery-oriented funding mechanisms
  • Fostering modernisation of antiquated, institution-bound mental health service systems
  • Promoting the relevance of psychiatry for health systems in low-income countries
  • Emphasising the social importance of training psychiatrists
  • Promoting the integration of mental health services into general health care.

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