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Prof Pim Cuijpers Presents at CPMH Annual Memorial Lecture

Every year the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health invites a speaker in the field of mental health in honour of the Centre’s founder, Prof Alan J Flisher. This year, Pim Cuijpers, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and Head of the Department of Clinical, Neuro and Developmental Psychology presented the annual lecture. He spoke on the topic of “Medication or psychotherapy in the treatment of depression? Current evidence and public health implications.”

After being welcomed and introduced by Assoc. Prof Katherine Sorsdahl, who is the CPMH Co-Director, Prof Cuijpers delivered an engaging presentation on his findings with regards to the difference between psychotherapy and medication in the treatment for major depression disorder. He stated that even though the prevalence of depression is quite stable, the number of people with depression will increase due to population changes. This makes it a public health issue to address.

Some of his research results included findings that a treatment format isn’t related to the treatment outcome as long as the therapist/coach is involved and also that lay counsellors may just be as effective. His research has shown that despite evidence-based treatments (including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy) available and well developed, the burden of disease remain high. He suggested that the approach to addressing this burden of disease should be less divided and that there should be more collaboration between disciplines. He also mentioned the importance of data-sharing so that there can be progress based on existing research rather that repetition. Prof Cuijpers further suggested that implementation science in low- and middle-income countries still poses significant challenges to addressing this public health challenge.

You can access his presentation in which he suggests a variety of future research directions here.

You can also read Prof Cuijpers’ publications in Pubmed or visit his page on Researchgate.

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CPMH’s Megan Malan Presents at Safety 2018

One of the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health’s PhD fellows, Megan Malan, recently travelled to Bangkok to present her research at the World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018).

Her poster presentations on the prevalence and predictors of intimate partner violence among pregnant women attending a midwife and obstetrics unit in the Western Cape as well as on the evaluation of a substance use screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) service for injured and non-injured patients in South African emergency centres. Megan shared many lessons she learnt from speakers at the conference on her Twitter feed.

Injuries and violence are a major public health burden across the globe. The 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018) brought together over 1000 of the world’s leading researchers, practitioners, policymakers and activists to share information and experiences and to discuss solutions. Conference major theme was “Advancing injury and violence prevention towards SDGs.”

You can download Megan’s poster presentations here:

Prevalence and predictors of intimate partner violence among pregnant women attending a midwife and obstetrics unit in the Western Cape (PNG)

Evaluation of a substance use screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) service for injured and non-injured patients in South African emergency centres (PNG)