Welcome letter

Dear Colleagues,

The seventh Croatian psychiatric congress with international participation is upon us. It will be held in Opatija from the 24-27th of October 2018. In the past four years we have organized many symposiums and scientific conferences dedicated to individual psychiatric fields and themes so we are now, as is usual for our congress, focusing on psychiatry as a whole. During the congress we will discuss all areas of psychiatry and present our most recent professional and scientific contemplations and research.  The motto of the congress will be „Psychiatry in Croatia at the start of the 21 century“. This invites us not to restrict our research and ideas to the past four years, but rather in our presentations, to analyze and review all that has happened in Croatian psychiatry from the start of the century, but even further than that because psychiatry doesn't begin and end in one day, even if that day is the start of a new century. The congress will encompass all psychiatric topics and our successes in treating, rehabilitating and the overall care we offer our patients.  Furthermore we will discuss all the problems that we are faced with as carriers of psychiatric services, as a society and as individuals responsible for our patients.

This congress will again, after 20 years, take us back to beautiful Opatija. Our second congress was held in Opatija in the year 1998. (the first was held in Split in 1994, the third in Osijek in 2002, the fourth in Cavtat 2006, the fifth in Šibenik 2010 and the sixth in Zagreb in 2014).  Our return to Opatija is not coincidental, for years Croatian Psychiatric days have been held in Opatija, so that Opatija has become synonymous with them.  For rationalization purposes, this year the 15 Croatian psychiatric days are being held together with or at the same time as the congress. This will be done on Friday the 26th of October, the third day of the congress. Psychiatric residents and young psychiatrists will present their work, their cases, as has been done for the past 15 years.

The organization of the symposium and poster section, according to individual psychiatric themes, will be trusted to our eminent psychiatrists who work and are recognized in these specific areas of psychiatry.Thank you to them and all of you who will, alongside your everyday exhausting efforts at your workplace, find the time and energy to relate the results of your scientific and professional work.  I would especially like to thank our foreigncolleagues for joining us and sharing with us your experiences and discoveries.   
With all the confidence that this congress will be the turning of a new, successful page in Croatian psychiatry, just as worthy as those turned by our teachers, I send you my best regards until we meet in Opatija.

Professor Vlado Jukić, M.D. Phd
President of Croatian psychiatric society and
President of the professional and organizational congress board

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