Awarding of the price
It was a pleasure for us in the Sigmund Freud PrivateUniversity (SFU) to see the increasing interest in the first time presentation of the “Waltraud Wiesinger-Research Promotion Prize 2016”. We were delighted that on the day more than 50 people attended.
We, the initiators, were greatly honoured in welcoming amongst the invited guests the following personalities from the field of cardiology:
Prof. Dr. Harald GABRIEL, Head of Outpatients for congenital heart defects in adults (EMAH) at the General Hospital Vienna (AKH);
Mag.a Sigrid JALOWETZ (M.A.), clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, in the Children’s Heart Centre at the General Hospital Vienna (AKH);
Dr. Raphael David OBERHUBER (M.A.), clinical psychologist in the Children’s Heart Centre at the Kepler-University Clinic Linz, and Professor at the University of Education, Upper Austria;
Dr. Evelyn KUNSCHITZ, Senior Physician in the 2nd Medical Department at the HANUSCH Hospital, Vienna, Head of Outpatients-Psychocardiology. This is the hospital, where for the first time in Austria psychocardiology is being incorporated in medical treatment plans for people with heart diseases.
In addition to the great interest shown by SFU students, we were pleased to see some students of the faculty of medicine. We look forward from this encouraging start to a fruitful period of closer cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine of SFU.
Another group of students, who could not attend the event at the beginning, because their exam timetable coincided with it, joined us afterwards. Continuing education credits could be used.
The opening Speeches were given by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Alfred Pritz,
the Vice Rector and Head of the Psychotherapeutic Science Departement,
Leader of the Advisory Council, Doz.in Jutta Fiegl, as well as the initiator of the Research Promotion Prize in Psychotherapy for people with congenital heart defects, Waltraud Wiesinger, BA.
Dr. Kathrin Mörtl, Head of the International Research Department SFU Vienna, provided a link to the presentation of prize.
The winner of the “Waltraud Wiesinger-Research Promotion Prize Competition 2016” is Mag.a Branka Milic, (M.A).
After presenting her schientific work the public were invited to ask questions:
Questions asked included:
A young woman also talked about her own concern over her little brother's congenital heart disease.
- The duration of analytical psychotherapy presented in this case,
- Branka Milic's own apprehensions when treating clients suffering from heart defects,
- The subject of complex congenital heart defects where several life threatening surgical interventions may be required. The resulting mental stress is greater and longer lasting than the subject under presentation, which has, in the meantime, become medical routine.
The resulting discussions generated new ideas and exchanges of contacts, leading in turn, to the beginnings of multi-professional cooperation, in accordance with SFU psychosomatic understanding.
We see this lively participation as a clear sign that congenital heart disease is an important subject and welcome wholeheartedly any further developments.