New President for Canadian Psychiatric Association

    MONTREAL, Nov. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - This weekend the Canadian Psychiatric
Association (CPA) elected its new President, Dr. Patrick J. White of Edmonton,
    Dr. White is asking psychiatrists to take more responsibility as
corporate citizens to get involved and advocate for the changes needed in the
mental health system.
    "As physicians I believe we are in a unique position to make a
difference," he explains. "That involves providing leadership-not just from
the clinical perspective-but also from a clinical, administrative and
political perspective." A priority for Dr. White and the CPA is to collaborate
with the new Mental Health Commission of Canada to help it get off to a
running start.
    Dr. White is a general adult psychiatrist who specializes in psychiatric
rehabilitation and heads the Psychosocial, Vocational and Behavioural Unit at
Alberta Hospital Edmonton. He is the chair of the University of Alberta's
Department of Psychiatry as well as regional clinical program director for
mental health for the Capital Health Authority in Edmonton, Alberta. In this
capacity he has lead the development and expansion of mental health services
in the Edmonton region including the expansion of the region's 24-hour crisis
    A native of Ireland, Dr. White has resided in Edmonton since 1989. He has
served seven years on the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Board and now
fills the role of deputy speaker of the AMA Representative Forum. He is also
an executive member of the Alberta Psychiatric Association (APA) as well as a
past president of the APA.
    Dr. White completed a residency in family medicine followed by a
residency in psychiatry in his native land where he was also active in
organized psychiatry. He was an active board member of the Irish Medical
Organization and served five years as a member of Ireland's National
Postgraduate Education Committee.
    Dr. White takes over from outgoing President, Dr. Manon Charbonneau of
Sept Iles, Quebec. Dr. Susan Abbey of Ontario becomes the CPA President-Elect.
Dr. Blake Woodside from Toronto continues as Chairman of the Canadian
Psychiatric Association.

    The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada's
4,100 psychiatrists and more than 600 psychiatric residents. Founded in 1951,
the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters excellence in
the provision of clinical care, education and research.

For further information:

For further information: Hélène Côté, Canadian Psychiatric Association,
(613) 234-2815 ext. 232,; Francine Knoops, (613) 234-2815
ext 238,

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