Secretary of Education
It is a great honour to be elected as the Secretary of Education of World Psychiatric Association (WPA). WPA is a big family for all psychiatrists around the Globe. Building the capacity of these professionals to work effectively through education is necessary to achieve the main objectives of WPA. The main challenge of providing appropriate education is that only one-third of faculty departments of psychiatry are based in the low and middle-income countries (LMIC), which are populated by over 80% of the world population. Future dissemination of mental health knowledge and skills will rely heavily on the use of e-technology in order to reach the farthest and most remote corners of the world. Therefore, my first mission is to promote and evaluate the use and value of online taught psychiatric courses to psychiatrists in LMIC. Besides, culturally relevant and user-friendly skills-based manuals of mental health interventions of common mental disorders and stress-related disorders will be developed and made available for free downloading from the WPA website. While recognizing the value of online training for mental health professionals, it is my second mission to enhance the face-to-face transfer of mental health knowledge and skills from educational faculties in high income countries to LMIC through establishment of travel grants and fellowships, especially for mental health professionals working in countries with conflicts, emergencies and disasters.
With increasing emphasis on evidence-based care with due respect of patient choice, the voices of our patients, their caregivers, and community key stakeholders involved in patient care have to be heard and respected. For patients and their stakeholders to stay with us as a united and powerful voice to policy makers, education of their treatment and welfare rights, access to proper knowledge about mental health problems, and enhancing their capability to promote their mental health are paramount. My third mission is to provide learning resources and platforms for these stakeholders in order to promote appropriate education of knowledge and skills in understanding and managing mental health problems, as well as promoting public mental health. The above initiatives could not be realized without collaboration with other potential organizations and development partners. It is my fourth mission to attract new investments to the WPA to support the above education and related work in WPA through partnerships and relationships with organizations that share our WPA goals and objectives.
Your support, feedback, and innovative ideas are important for my fulfillment of the roles and responsibilities of the Secretary of Education of WPA. Please feel free to drop me a line using my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Roger MK Ng