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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Sub Committee on Iraq

About the Committee

The committee’s main function is to update the International Advisory Committee on mental health issues related to Iraq, advise the Committee on the needs and developments of mental health providers and act as a liaison between the College and Mental health services in Iraq.



Chair of Sub Committee on Iraq: Dr Najat Khalifa

Committee members: Dr Mohammed Abbas, Dr Riadh Abed, Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar,  Dr M Al-Uzri,  Dr Saleh Dhumad, Dr Peter Hughes,  Dr Nasser Loza and Dr Sanaa Saeed.



ISC Committee Members at a meeting in March 2014



There are currently vacancies for 2 committee members on the ISC.

This post is open to Members of the College and the post holder would be required to assist with all issues relating to the work of the ISC and particularly with issues relating to psychiatric trainees in Iraq. The post holder is also required to join (if not already a member) the Iraq Mental Health Forum.


The committee meets four times a year and has dedicated administrative support at the College.  The term of office a committee member is 3 years, renewable once.

The notice and details of how to apply can be found here. If you have any questions about this role please contact



Obituary for Dr Rizgar Amin 

Dr Rizkar Amin, 54, passed away on Monday 15 April 2013.

Rizgar was born in 1958 in Koysinjaq (Erbil province/ Iraqi Kurdistan). He graduated from Mosul Medical School, Iraq in 1982. Rizgar settled in the UK in 1985. He completed his training in psychiatry and was appointed as consultant Psychiatrist in Sheffield in 1997 then moved to London and worked at Park Royal centre for mental health from 1998 and remained there until his untimely death on 15 April 2013.


Dr Amin was a very active member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist; he chaired the Transcultural psychiatry group, was a member of the Iraq subcommittee and had an active role in developing post war mental health services in Iraq. He was a founder and the first chair of the Kurdish medical association which was established in 2005. He was an active campaigner for human right in Kurdistan, Iraq and across the world. Rizgar was an active participant in numerous other organisations and groups.


In addition to his role as a consultant psychiatrist Dr Amin was the lead clinician for Acute Services in Brent, and the Core trainees Training Programme Director at St Mary`s scheme in London.   

 Dr Amin is survived by his wife Shireen and two children Tara (age 18) who is a medical student and Dilan (age 15).


Dr Amin was laid to rest on the 20 April 2013 at Hendon Cemetery. This was followed by a moving memorial service in the evening arranged by his family and attended by hundreds of relatives, friends and colleagues from within the UK and beyond.


Contacting the ISC

If you would like to contact the ISC, or if you have any questions about their work, please contact Elen Cook,

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