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Seminar “Community-based Treatment:
The Trieste Model”


On August 3-5 in Kragujevac the Helsinki Committee organized the seminar “Community-Based Treatment: the Trieste Model” for twenty nurses and medical technicians from four healthcare institutions catering psychiatric patients and persons with mental disabilities.

The seminar was held in the second year of the implementation of the project “Civil Society Campaign for Efficient Protection of Persons with Mental Disorders” realized with the assistance of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Belgrade.

The seminar was lectured by experts from Mental Health Services from Trieste, head nurse Garbiella Skerlic and senior medical technician Roberto Sau. Participants were nurses and medical technicians from Special Psychiatric Hospital “Dr. Slavoljub Bakalovic” in Vrsac, Special Psychiatric Hospital “Sveti Vraci” in Novi Knezevac, Mental Health Counseling Center in Kragujevac and Medical Center in Sombor.

Psychiatrist Dr. Vladimir Jovic of the International Aid Network IAN, Dr. Mira Petrovic of the Psychiatric Clinic “Dr. Laza Lazarevic” – Department in Padinska Skela, and Marko Djoric, expert working on projects “Eurostart International Decentralized Cooperation Program” and “Development of Comprehensive Independent Living Support System in Central Serbia” (realized in cooperation with healthcare institutions in Vojvodina and Central Serbia, interested in the establishment of community-based care systems), also took part in the three-day seminar.

The lecturers from Italy presented the model whereby Mental Health Services were established and are functioning now and a documentary on the beginnings of deinstitutionalization in Trieste and other parts of Italy. Apart from organizational and personnel-related structures, their presentations included financial indicators testifying that community-based care of persons with mental disorders cost by far less than their accommodation in asylum-like institutions characteristic of today’s Serbia – and once typical in Trieste and Italy too.

Participants in the seminar also had the opportunity to learn about day to day functioning of mental health services covering now the entire territory and population of the Trieste municipality. Through questions posed and ensuing discussion, participating nurses and technicians also gained insight into the advantages community-based care and treatment, but also into the challenges of the transformation of institutionalized into deinstitutionalized systems.

The seminar – as well as other activities of this and some other of the Committee’s ongoing projects – was organized with the consent and support of the Ministry of Healthcare and Minister Dr. Zlatibor Loncar to whom, in May 2015, the project team four programs focusing, fully or partially, Serbia’s healthcare institutions and the reform of the psychiatric care system.













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