The WPA Thematic Congress "Innovation in Psychiatry: Effective Interventions for Health and Society", 25-28 February 2018

10 January 2018

The World Psychiatric Association's Thematic Congress, Innovation in Psychiatry: Effective Interventions for Health and Society will take place in Melbourne (Australia), 25-28 February 2018.





This first congress of the new WPA term will be different in both tone and ambition from international forums of recent years. The aim to face up to the challenges of innovation, novelty and reform to make psychiatry more relevant and effective for people with, and at risk of, mental illness around the world. 


New ideas, new discoveries, new ways of implementing advances and new technological solutions are fundamental to the work of modern 21st Century psychiatry.  The Congress theme of innovation captures this imperative. 

Participants will be challenged to consider how effective mental health programs can be co-designed and scaled up across the globe.  Psychiatry is part of the public health system, relevant to health promotion, prevention and health care. 

How timing in the life cycle and illness stage are critical, while cultures of care and use of the Internet and technology are foci for innovation. Will be also considered the political momentum we can generate through presentation of a united front with the public, people affected by mental ill-health, families and friends, community groups, scientific researchers and all mental health professionals.

Key Dates:
Abstract Submission System Opens April 23 2017
Proposal Submission Systems Opens April 23 2017
Online Registration Opens May 01 2017
Proposal Submission Deadline June 03 2017
Proposal Submitters Notified July 19 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline September 04 2017
Abstract Submitters Notified October 12 2017
Late breaking abstract submission opens November 01 2017
Late breaking abstract submission deadline November 13 2017
Early Registration Deadline December 05 2017
Late Breaking Abstract Submitters Notified December 07 2017
Regular Registration Deadline February 07 2018
Congress App Available on Appstore February 15 2018
Congress February 25-28 2018



Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

1 Convention Centre Pl,

South Wharf 3006


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