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Amanda Dowdís and Elisabeth Hanscombeís papers, from the recent POPIG conference in Melbourne, both continue the discourse that has run through recent issues of this journal on the influence of place, displacement, and migration for patients and for practitioners of psychoanalytic work. My paper, presented last September at the 16th International Balint Federation Congress in Romania, describes an effort to establish Balint work in a public mental health clinic serving a socially disadvantaged population, with a work group of practitioners of from different mental health care disciplines and cultural backgrounds as diverse as those of the patients they serve. Toni Heronís paper is a careful account of process account of long term work with a socially disadvantaged adolescent, with the therapistís, the patientís and the supportive carerís commitment extending so that the work continued across public and private practice settings. The dedication and courage of all parties in this work is readily apparent from Toniís account, originally presented at the Melbourne PPAA conference of 2008.
We have book reviews by Eugen Koh, Sally Young, Elisabeth Hanscombe and Don Meadows, each addressing works that have relevance to the issues discussed in the papers that comprise this issues≠óthe dynamic relationships between theory and practice, life and death, life and art, trauma and taboo, and the way in which all of these things manifest themselves the conflicts and the cohesions of our lives, our practices and our communites.
I look forward to contributions from the recent Western Australian 25th anniversary of APPWA appearing in the next issue of the journal. I have accepted the generous offer by Allan Schafer and Kath Davies to act as guest editors for the papers thus generated.
Denis OíLaughlin has retired from the journalís production committee after many years of service, including his role as book reviews editor, for which I offer my thanks on behalf of the journal committee and the PPAA. I am now inviting any PPAA members who have an interest in writing and editing to make yourselves known to me, as you could make vital contributions the journal, which should continue to be the democratically and independently peer reviewed product of whatever writing is submitted for the consideration of those who make themselves available for service on the production committee or peer review panel. I would value such expressions of interest in service at any level of the journalís assessment and production processes. I hope you will contribute to adaptation and change in the journalís processes, including an eventual transition in the editorship. I hope to leave you with something more flexibly generative than Pontius Pilateís inscription at the time of the crucifixion: ĎQuod scripsi scripsióWhat I have written, I have written (and I will not and cannot change it, not one letter of it, because in the process of inscribing it, I have made it Law).í
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