It is my great honor to succeed Professor Pichet Udomratn as President of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA). Professor Udomratn has been a wonderful president. Over the past two years, he has been extremely enthusiastic about the development of the AFPA, contributing marvelous ideas and guiding important projects. Owing to his presence, the AFPA is now very well recognized in the Asia-Oceania region.
The AFPA is an important association for Asian psychiatrists. It is a core organization around which we gather to discuss problems and ideas related to mental health solutions from many countries. Asia is characterized by its diversity, and although we may have many differences, we also have many similarities. The experiences of one country are always useful to another. This congress is the perfect platform to meet old friends and to make new ones.
However, it is also true that the AFPA is still a relatively young association, and we therefore have many goals to achieve.
With your collaboration and support, I am honored to devote myself to increasing the presence of the AFPA and improving mental health in Asia for the next two years.
Prof. Shigenobu Kanba
AFPA President (2015-)
Message of a former president (2013-2015)
It is my great honour and pleasure to become the new AFPA President following
the footstep of our beloved Prof. Shinfuku. Although I became the President
of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand for 2 consecutive terms and
also served as President of the ASEAN Federation for Psychiatry and Mental
Health 5 years ago, but leading the big organization like AFPA is very
challenging for me. I hope all of you have known of what had happened in
AFPA in the past 2 years. I promise to put all of my effort to bring back
the unity and collaboration among Asian psychiatrists and Asian national
societies. I am confident that with the great help and support from the
new Executive Committee of AFPA which include Prof. Shinfuku as the Immediate
Past President, we will, of course finally reach to that goal.
May I propose our strategy for the next 2 years during my termship
as the President by using the abbreviation name, similar like AFPA but
with different words and meanings :
A is for Asian focus
F is for Forward looking
P is for Psychiatrists and Patients
A is for Action-oriented
So, within the next 2 years, we will look forward to the better
mental health of people in Asia by implementing academic activities for
Asian psychiatrists through their national societies which appropriate
for their context, encouraging of sharing experiences for the better care
of our patients and of course promoting collaboration among national societies
in Asia. Results from these activities will be exchanged and presented
at the next World Congress of Asian Psychiatry in Fukuoka in 2015. We need
your help and your continuous support to bring back the unity and collaboration
among Asian psychiatrists and our executive committee look forward to receiving
your advice and suggestions for guiding us to reach that ultimate goal.
Once again, thank you for your great and continuous support.
Prof. Pichet Udomratn
AFPA President (2013-2015)