MISSISSAUGA,, Nov. 3, 2014 – The Medical Psychiatry Alliance
(MPA), the first-of-its-kind in Canada, announced the appointment of Dr. Benoit
Mulsant as the Executive Director of the MPA at the group’s first annual
conference last week. Launched in January, the MPA is dedicated to transforming
the delivery of mental health services for patients who suffer from physical
and mental illness or medically unexplained symptoms.
Dr. Mulsant will assume responsibility for the leadership
and management of the MPA, in addition to his current roles as Physician-in-Chief
at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Professor and Vice
Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Reporting to the Executive Committee and working with the
MPA’s Advisory Council, Dr. Mulsant will oversee program operations aligned
with the initiative’s strategic goals and objectives. He will also play an
integral role in informing and influencing public policy by providing the
results of the MPA to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the MPA’s private
donor and the MPA Executive Committee.
“The Medical Psychiatry Alliance provides a unique
opportunity to integrate the needs of the body and the brain to create a new
kind of health care system that helps people living with mental and physical
illness get the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” said Dr.
Mulsant. “I am honoured to be assuming this role and committed to realizing the
vision set out by the partners and our generous donor to make a difference in
the daily lives of patients.”
Last week, the MPA hosted its first annual conference Integration
for Better Care, attended by physicians, staff and clinical leadership who work
with this patient population, including: primary care, mental health, emergency
and subspecialties in children’s health, medicine, seniors’ services and
oncology. The educational conference consisted of plenary speakers and a panel
discussion to discuss collaborative care in medical psychiatry to create models
of care in child, adult and geriatric medical psychiatry.
over 1.3 million people experience physical illness and mental illness at the
same time. Many of these patients suffer unnecessarily because they do not
receive early and effective treatment for both
conditions. This can lead to distress, disability and premature death.
Transfers and referrals within the complex health-care system can be confusing
to patients and their families, and costly to the system.
The lack of integrated and effective care within our
health-care system for individuals with concurrent mental and physical illness
has a major impact on their health and well-being, and imposes an incremental
burden on their families. The cost to the Ontario Health system is estimated at
$2.57B per year.
About the Medical Psychiatry Alliance:
is a collaborative partnership whose goal is to transform mental health care.
Supported by The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Hospital
for Sick Children, Trillium Health Partners (THP) and the University of Toronto
(UofT) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
and a generous donor, this Alliance is dedicated to transforming the delivery
of mental health services for patients who suffer from physical and psychiatric
illness or medically unexplained symptoms.
For more information:
Fiona Taylor, Trillium Health Partners
416-844-5189 or Email: Fiona.Taylor@trilliumhealthpartners.ca