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Schizophrenia debate 9 October, London HSJ is hosting a Question of Health debate on schizophrenia, 'Weighing the evidence - modern treatments and services for schizophrenia: should atypicals be an option for first-line treatment?'

Details: Jane Warmbold, 020-7874 0231.

Occupational health 11-12 October, Birmingham Birmingham University's Institute of Occupational Health annual workshop this year includes the following sessions:

occupational health services - what the customer wants, occupational health and skin problems, not managing change, and emerging issues in occupational health.

Details: Janie Acton, 0121-414 6021.

Mental health network 12 October, Bristol 'Chasing the blues away' is the title of a one day conference to launch the new national mental health network, which aims to cut alcohol-linked mental illness and suicides. The event is organised by Alcohol Concern's networking distant neighbours team.

Details: Rachel Morley, 020-7928 7377.

NHS Direct 12 October, Manchester The Greater Manchester Socialist Health Association is holding an evening meeting on 'NHS Direct: the new gatekeeper?'with Sara Holmes, development manager of NHS Direct North West.

Details: Guy Lancaster, 0161-860 5307.

Time banking 17 October, London The New Economics Foundation is providing an opportunity to meet the creator of time banking, Edgar Cahn, at an evening event: 'No more throwaway people'. A time bank stores the time credits that people save by helping others or their community.

Details: Karen Smith, 020-7407 7447 ext 249.

EBM and the menopause 17 October, London 'Evidence-based medicine and the menopause' is a one-day symposium for nurses, managers, purchasers, clinical audit staff, primary care group chairs and formulary leads, organised by East London University's centre for public health policy and health services research.

Details: key advances programme office,020-8525 8660.

Intermediate care 19 October, Stafford First Community Health is holding a conference entitled 'Challenging tradition, intermediate care - a model for the future'. Workshops will include development of intermediate care, and developing the primary care workforce.

Details: Mrs P Skelton, 01785-222 888 ext 5480.

Food policy 19 October, London 'Addressing policy: reflections on the case of sociology and food' is the fourth annual lecture of the Centre for Public Policy Research.

Details: Caroline Gill, 020-7848 3139.

Back pain 19 October, London A joint meeting on back pain is being arranged by the Department of Musculoskeletal Medicine in association with BackCare.

Details: Joyce Stayton, 020-7837 8833.