The Alberta Psychiatric Association is the not-for-profit professional organization that represents the Psychiatrists of Alberta. The Alberta Psychiatric Association has stood for more than fifty years as an advocate for its psychiatrist members, providing leadership and support for their role in the provision of quality mental health care in Alberta by promoting effective professional relationships and influencing health policy and clinical practice.
The Alberta Psychiatric Association has close ties to the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) and its committee structure mirrors that of the federal body addressing Science and Research, Psychiatric Education, Standards of Practice and Economics.
The Alberta Psychiatric Association allies with the Alberta Medical Association (AMA). sharing executive membership with the Sections of General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through which it elects members to the Representative Forum and works to achieve equitable fees and schedule of medical benefits.
An important section function is to represent psychiatrists during fees and benefits negotiations that establish the Alberta Health Care Schedule of Medical Benefits (available at the Alberta Health website).
This section elects two psychiatrists to the AMA Representative Forum (RF). From the RF, they become delegates to the AMA governing body by election to the AMA Board of Directors. Currently, one psychiatrist sits on the AMA Board (Sandra Corbett) and a second (P.J. White) is the AMA President-Elect.
The SGP holds its Executive and Annual General Meetings in conjunction with, but separate from the Alberta Psychiatric Association. It operates under separate bylaws which it shares with other AMA Sections.
The Scientific Program of the Annual General Meeting held annually in March is regarded for its excellence as an educational and social event. The Foundation, an accredited charity, raises money for education and research.
As the voice of patient advocacy for Alberta psychiatrists, the Alberta Psychiatric Association is an active member of the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (AAMIMH).