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March 2014
Psychiatric Rehabilitation

The WPA and the WPA’s Section on Psychiatric Rehabilitation co-sponsored the 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation held at Lahore, Pakistan on 1-4 Nov 2013. The meeting was organised by the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) and the Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre (PPRC) Fountain House, Lahore - www.pprcpakistan.com.

Delegates at the 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation from WAPR, WPA, AFPA, SAARAC Federation, and other collaborating groups, Lahore, Pakistan.

The theme of the meeting was “Recent Advances in Rehabilitation, Biological & Social Psychiatry”. The conference was also supported by the World Association for Social Psychiatry (WASP), World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists (PRCP), South Asian Forum on Mental Health & Psychiatry chapters and British Pakistani Psychiatrists Association (BPPA).

This meeting was attended by a large number of delegates both from Pakistan and abroad with speakers from 17 countries having special participation from Asian region. The scientific programme included Educational workshops on Child and Adolescent psychiatry, Rehabilitation outcomes, setting up Rehabilitation services in low-income countries, Personal Recovery in Psychiatric illnesses, Forensic psychiatry, Treatment and management of Drug dependence. Special sessions were also arranged on Terrorism and political violence: psychiatric and, psycho social understanding, Ethics and mental health, Human rights and mental health (in collaboration with WHO) and Developing Psychiatric Services in Pakistan (including general and specialised services). A Plenary session focussed on Young Psychiatrists Career in Psychiatry and future perspectives and was chaired by Prof. Norman Sartorius. Similarly a number of post-conference Teaching and Training Courses were organised for General Practitioners, Family Physicians and Psychiatric Trainees.

Group photo with Prof. Norman Sartorius following his inaugural lecture at the 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Lahore, Pakistan.

Afzal Javed
WPA Secretary for Sections

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