Professor David M. Ndetei through Africa Mental Health Foundation conducts research to inform integration of affordable and appropriate mental health services in primary healthcare in low-resource settings with a focus on incorporating mental health in treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension, interventions for mother-child health and early childhood development, school mental health, suicide and the identification of genetic biomarkers of mental and neurological illnesses and has published on the same extensively. He also serves as Chair of the African Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Zone 14 representative of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).
Dr. Medhat Elsabbahy is Consultant Psychiatrist with over 28 years of experience in the field. He joined BSP SKMC Abu Dhabi , UAE in 1995 ,and since 1999 serves as the head of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Community psychiatry department . He graduated from Ain Shams University Cairo Egypt 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Medical Sciences and Surgery ,he completed 4 years of residency training in Psychiatry 1988 – 1992 and got Masters in Neurology and Psychiatry. He was honored the Arab board of Psychiatry 1999. He completed the Medical Doctorate of Psychiatry from Ain Shams University 2004. He has 18 years of experience in the field of community psychiatry and psychiatric rehabilitation He is a member of the PRA International Committee , and the Advisory Council of the PRA academy. He is the Regional Vice President of WAPR for EMRO. He is the Head of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Division of the Arab Federation of Psychiatrists.
Dr Khan is working as professor of adult psychiatry in a tertiary care center in Pakistan he is also president elect of Pakistan psychiatric society for the term of 2015-2017. He has published more than 50 in national and international journals. His main interest is teaching, training and research with special interest in mental health advocacy, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder. He is the teacher and the trainer in the leading universities of Pakistan and also in the editorial board of international journal of mental health JPPS, and Esculapio. He is an active member of AMBT, APA, EPA, WPA and WAPR.
Graduated as a medical doctor in 1983 and then as a psychiatrist in 1991. He is now working as a psychiatrist and hospital director in a public mental hospital in Malaysia. He has special interest in Community and rehabilitation Psychiatry and has developed community-based services in several areas in Malaysia. Was part of the group that developed several guidelines on community based services in Malaysia. He started the Family Support Group movement in Malaysia and is now the advisor of the National Family Support Group Association. His current interest is in developing work based rehabilitation services in the country. He received the Mental Health Award from the Department of Mental Health, Thailand in 2013. He is also a council member of Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations
Head of the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population Health, and Director of the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program, at the University of Melbourne. He has been active in research, teaching and service development in transcultural and refugee mental health, international mental health systems development, and human rights, disability and mental health. He is Co-Director of a WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Substance abuse, a member of the WHO Director-General’s International Expert Panel on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Mental Health Systems.
Full Professor of Psichiatry, University of Aquila
Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, Unit of Psychiatry
Rita Roncone is Full Professor of Psychiatry, University of L’Aquila, Italy. She is in the board of the WAPR-Italian branch. Since academic year 2001-02 she is President of the L’Aquila University Degree Course on Psychiatric Rehabilitation (Health Professions Course) and Member of the Italian national Board of Health Professions Degree Courses. She was elected as National President of the Italian Society of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (2008 – 2011). Her clinical work is based on early interventions and in family psychoeducational treatments. She is author of more than 100 scientific publications, mostly dealing with the psychosocial treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Mr. Sardina, with a background as a father of a person with MHD, has been the President of Manantial Foundation for 19 years. Manantial Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by family associations whose goals are: performing legal support for persons deprived of their legal act capacity by a judgment; managing a social care resources network in connection to the public MHS; running several economical activities to employ people with MHD (> 200); and advocating for people with MHD in criminal and prison setting. It promotes as well prevention initiatives, early care intervention, and awareness to facilitate their inclusion in society.
In Norway the national association of patient families is called LPP Norway, which stands for “Landsforeningen for pårørende innen psykisk helse”. LPP Norway works for same goals as WAPR but with a more specific focus on the relatives’situation and rights. Since 20011, I have been the elected chairman of the local LPPs board and since 2013 a board member of WAPR Norway. However my main position is regional manager for languages at the Institute of Adult Education at the regional office in Bergen (Folkeuniversitetet Vestlandet). Being a philologist and an administrator has helped me a great deal in my LPP tasks.