March 2012
Regional network for qualifications frameworks for Asia

We present the report on the WPA Regional Meeting which was held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 3-5 November 2011. The main theme of the meeting was “Asian mental health: Current and future prospective”. It was a good opportunity for us to share the mental health promotion in Asia with different experts from all over the world.

The President of the meeting was Prof Pedro Ruiz (WPA President) and the Director of the Congress was Cheng-Chung Chen, President of the Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry. The meeting was co-organized by the Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry. There were 505 participants at the meeting, and 9 Plenary Lectures and 28 Parallel Symposia were held.

We had a successful Early Career Psychiatrists Forum consisting of 4 symposiums with themes focused on Postgraduate Psychiatric Training and Consensus on Diagnosis and Treatment of a Case Report. We had the participation of 22 young psychiatrists from 15 different countries including Taiwan, Japan, Australia, India, Hong Kong, Korea, UK, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Mongolia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Tomohiro Shirasaka1,2,6

Jane Pei-Chen Chang3,4,5,6 

1Department of Neuropsychiatry School of Medicine Sapporo Medical University, Japan; 2Japanese Young Psychiatrists Organization (JYPO), 3Department of Psychiatry China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan; 4 Institute of Clinical Medicine, China Medical University, Taiwan; 5 Taiwan Young Psychiatrists Organization (TYPO); 6 Asian Federation of Early Career Psychiatrists Organization (AFECP)

Acknowledgements (listed alphabetically by country): Sally Chow (Australia); Kim Savuon (Cambodia); Yong Wang (China); Can Yang (China); Atsuo Nagakawa (Japan); Hitoshi Sakurai (Japan); Takeshi Yamasaki (Japan); Mak Kai Lok (Hong Kong);Yasir Rather (India); Hervita Diatri (Indonesia); Fransiska Kaligis (Indonesia); Sangmin Lee (Korea); Vincent Wong (Malaysia); Kalmkas Sultanbeck (Mongolia);Megan Chan (Singapore);Chung-Chieh Hung (Taiwan); Ming-yu Wang (Taiwan); David Yang (Taiwan); Li-Te Chiang (Taiwan); Yada Phongkanjana (Thailand); Kitty Farooq (UK); Phong Thai Than (Vietnam).


WPA President Prof. Ruiz along with Prof. Akiyama and Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry President Cheng-Chung Chen giving a warm welcome to the Early Career Psychiatrists.


A group photo at the end of first session of the Early Career Psychiatrists Symposium. A great success with the support of Prof. Russell D'Souza, Prof. Helen Herrman and other respected professors.




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