Action Plan has been produced by the WPA Planning Committee, and
reviewed and approved by the WPA Executive Committee and General
Assembly. It contains the WPA institutional goals for the triennium
2008-2011 and a list of actions by which these goals will be
pursued. The plan takes advantage of the experience acquired by the
WPA during the past trienniums, and is going to be implemented with
the active involvement of all the components of the Association.
1. To enhance the image of psychiatry worldwide among the general
public, health professionals and policy makers.
1.1. Give visibility to
successful experiences in the mental health field, by regular press
releases and reports in asection
of the WPA website intended for the general public.
1.2. Fund three projects on
improving the public image of psychiatry, selected on the basis of an
international call for proposals.
1.3. Launch an international
programme aiming to raise the awareness of the prevalence and
prognostic implications of depression in persons with physical
diseases, in collaboration with other international and national
medical associations and with organizations of users and families.
1.4. Produce aset
of guidelines on how to combat stigmatization of psychiatry and
psychiatrists, to be posted on the WPA website and translated in
1.5. Establish aregular
track at World and International Congresses and aspecial
section in World
focusing on successful experiences of mental health care in the
various regions of the world.
1.6. Maintain and increase
collaborative contacts with other international medical and health
2. To partner with Member Societies in their efforts to improve the
quality of mental health care, education and research in their
countries and regions, and in their attempts to upgrade their own
structure, governance and organizational capacity.
2.1. Join and assist Member
Societies, upon their request, in their interactions with national
and regional institutions concerning policy matters.
2.2. Join and assist Member
Societies in the production and implementation of guidelines, ethical
codes and research protocols.
2.3. Join and assist Member
Societies in promoting the refinement of curricula for graduate and
post-graduate psychiatric and public mental health education.
2.4. Produce atemplate
for graduate and post-graduate psychiatric education to be posted on
the WPA website and translated in several languages.
2.5. Join and assist Member
Societies in the development and implementation of programmes for
continuing education of psychiatrists, other mental health
professionals and primary care practitioners.
2.6. Assist Member Societies,
upon their request, in refining their structure and organization.
2.7. Organize aseries
of seminars at World and International Congresses in which leaders of
selected Member Societies will illustrate the structure and
activities of their associations to representatives of other Member
Societies, answer their questions and provide advice on specific
3. To promote the dissemination of information on recent clinical,
service and research developments in such a way
that it can be assimilated by psychiatrists of all regions of the
3.1. Develop aprogramme
of high-quality itinerant educational workshops, to be replicated in
the four WPA Regions.
3.2. Develop aCME
online programme for WPA individual members.
3.3. Produce aseries
of guidelines on issues of great practical relevance, translated in
3.4. Increase the
dissemination of World
promote the translation of entire issues or selected articles in
several languages, making them available on the WPA website and on
the websites of relevant Member Societies.
3.5. Support the development
of national psychiatric journals.
4. To promote the professional development of young psychiatrists
4.1. Launch, in collaboration
of centers of excellence, aprogramme
of one-year fellowships for young psychiatrists from low-income
countries, who will commit themselves to apply in their country of
origin what they have learnt.
4.2. Organize aseries
of workshops on leadership and professional skills for young
4.3. Facilitate the
participation of young psychiatrists in WPA Congresses and other
worthwhile scientific meetings, organizing, in the case of WPA
programme and ameeting
of the WPA Young Psychiatrists Council.
4.4. Stimulate the
participation of young psychiatrists in the activities of WPA
4.5. Join and assist Member
Societies in the development and implementation of programmes for
5. To promote the development of mental health care in low-income
countries and its integration into primary care.
the trainers” programme, targeting nurses and clinical officers
working in dispensaries and health centers, to be implemented in
selected low-income countries.
6. To foster the participation of psychiatrists from all regions of
the world in the international dialogue on clinical, service and
6.1. Ensure an adequate
representation of psychiatrists from all regions of the world in WPA
programmes, scientific meetings and publications, and in the
activities of WPA Scientific Sections.
7. To promote the highest ethical standards in psychiatric practice
and advocate for the rights of persons with mental disorders in all
regions of the world.
7.1. Launch an international
programme on the protection and promotion of physical health in
persons with severe mental disorders, in collaboration with other
international and national medical associations and with
organizations of users and families.
7.2. Support international
and national initiatives aiming to protect the human rights of
persons with mental disorders; to promote the meaningful involvement
of these persons in the planning and implementation of mental health
services; to encourage the development of aperson-centered
practice in psychiatry and medicine; and to promote equity in the
access to mental health services for persons of different age,
gender, race/ethnicity, religion and socioeconomic status.
7.3. Promote the
implementation of the principles of the Declaration of Madrid in all
countries of the world, and the continuing update of these principles
on the basis of international input.
8. To promote the establishment of networks of scientists conducting
collaborative research in the mental health field.
8.1. Fund at least two
high-quality international research projects conducted by WPA
8.2. Facilitate the
involvement of the most prominent scientists of the world in the
activities of the WPA Scientific Sections.
9. To increase the visibility and credibility of the Association at
the international level.
9.1. Ensure that all WPA’s
initiatives and products are of the highest possible quality level,
effective utilization of available human resources.
10. To build up a long-term,
solid and transparent partnership with potential donors.
10.1. Establish aconsortium
of donors which will partially fund the above-mentioned activities,
as part of the WPA financial policy.