"Psychiatry needs to continue to develop as an evidence based science and become more and more relevant in a congested and crowded mental health environment. The theme of this Congress is an important step in meeting these challenges and ensuring psychiatry is part of an ever evolving and changing society. Society expect and in some cases, demands the most modern and up to date techniques, medicines and treatments, especially when dealing with the complexities of mental health.
There is nothing more exciting than a Congress that brings to the table new ideas, new thoughts and innovative thinking about tackling and treating mental health and psychiatric illnesses, presented by proven experts, for attendees to discuss, challenge and enhance.
This is an opportunity to attend such a congress, in the beautiful and culturally diverse city of Melbourne."
Andrew C Peters
Chief Executive Officer
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
“I am delighted to be participating in the WPA Melbourne 2018,
and to present a plenary address on a hot new topic in psychiatry that is not
without controversy, namely the entity of “mixed features” for mood
episodes. My talk is entitled: “Treatment of Major Depressive Episodes
with Mixed Features: Does a “whiff” mean treatment with an atypical
antipsychotic and not an antidepressant?”
I am excited about being
able to present this topic and discuss it with international colleagues,
including discussions of the new guidelines for this entity which I published
with numerous colleagues very recently. I will also be giving a second talk
during the Congress on a topic in psychopharmacology.”
"The fact that WPA’s ultimate
goal is to promote the advancement of psychiatry and mental health for all
citizens of the world is one of the many reasons why it is important for
psychiatrists to attend the WPATC 2018. What better possibility to exchange
views with other mental health professionals from the 138 member societies of
118 countries? As participants, you can seize the chance to benefit from and
contribute to the WPA’s collaborative work with international organisations and
research institutions. Why not fight alongside a strong advocate such as WPA
and contribute to tackling key problems related to the mental health of people
What makes this congress unique is its
imperative focus on innovation: New ideas, new discoveries, new ways of
implementing advances and new technological solutions are all fundamental to
the work of modern 21st century psychiatry. The WPA Thematic Congress will intensify its
emphasis on all relevant areas of psychiatric research including all mental
disorders in order to develop the innovative progress in diagnosis, treatment
and scientific research."