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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 main function of the Iraq Sub Committee (ISC) 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 Iraq Sub Committee: Dr Saleh Dhumad

Committee members: Dr Mohammed Abbas, Dr Riadh Abed, Dr Nada Al Assadi, Dr Tariq Al-Kubaisy, Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar,  Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri, Dr Peter Hughes, Dr Najat Kjalifa,  Dr Nasser Loza, Dr Sanaa Saeed and Dr Abdul-Rasoul Yasiri

Administrative Support: Elen Cook (


Iraq Sub Committee Activity

Members of the Iraq Sub Committee meet quarterly at the RCPsych.

Iraq Sub Committee at meeting at RCPsych May 2017

ISC members at a meeting at the RCPsych May 2017: Dr Hasanen Taiar, Dr Saleh Dhumad, Dr Sanaa Saeed, Dr Rawan Masri (visitor), Elen Cook



The Child Psychiatry Project led by Dr Saleh Dhumad, Chair of the ISC, involves lectures delivered via an online platform to trainees in Iraq. A communications group has also been set up for consultant and trainee psychiatrists, family therapists and psychotherapists.

In March 2017 in Baghdad Medical City, Dr Sanaa Saeed (ISC member), and Dr Nesif Alhemiary (Baghdad University) delivered a Child psychiatry workshop for Iraqi consultant psychiatrists, paediatricians, neurologist, and post graduate trainees in psychiatry.

Dr Sanaa Saeed (centre back) with Child Psychiaty workshop attendees, March 2017



Iraq Sub Committee CAP workshop

Members of the ISC joined a conference on medical education in Iraq, March 2017



Iraqi Psychiatry Broad Trainees attended a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) course in March 2017.

Iraqi Psychiatry Board Trainees at CBT course



The ISC attended a Mental health conference at Kufa Medical School in Iraq, on February 2017.  Attendees included Salih Hasnawi, Member of Parliament, Qassim Al- Awadi, president of Iraqi Psychiatric Association, Saleh Dhumad, ISC Chair, Nesif AlHemiary, president of the Iraqi Board of Psychiatry, board trainees, specialist psychiatrists and psychologists.

ISC members joined attendees at a mental health conference in Iraq, February 2017



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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