The Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA) would like to extend our warmest invitation to you to participate in AFPA’s next World Congress (WCAP 2019) being held from 21-24 February 2019 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Australia.

It is our great privilege and honour that The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is hosting the 2019 Congress in Sydney, Australia. With Sydney’s strategic location, world-class convention facilities as well as many unrivalled attributes, we pledge to make the Congress a fruitful and memorable experience for our participants. Sydney offers a unique blend of Asian culture, featuring Asian-Pacific traditions, high-tech modernity and great hospitality.

We are pleased that our local host, RANZCP, is very enthusiastic to greet you all in Sydney – an exciting city that is full of cultural heritage.

After the success of our last Congress in Abu Dhabi (2017), where more than 30 Asian Societies were represented, we hope the Sydney Congress will culminate in another successful gathering for Asian Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in 2019.

Asia, where most of the world population lives, presents diverse situations concerning mental health problems. Variations in resources, in the availability of services, in the numbers of mental health professionals and an uneven use or absence of national policies for mental health are the salient features of practice of psychiatry in many Asian countries. Most of these countries allocate very few financial resources and have far too little numbers of health workers who can deal with mental health problems. In this situation collaboration among countries and the sharing of experience obtained in the conduct of mental health activities becomes particularly important.

AFPA has been actively involved in many areas of development of mental health in the Asian region along with contributing towards improving teaching, training and capacity building in mental health. Since the start of AFPA, a number of collaborative initiatives have in fact emerged in Asia and AFPA Congresses have always emerged as an important platform for meeting, discussing and sharing thoughts for future collaboration in many areas of mental health.

We are pleased that 2019 AFPA World Congress will address all of these issues and we hope your participation in the scientific programme will add value to our efforts for strengthening AFPA’s mission to promote mental health in our region.

AFPA looks forward your active participation in this Congress.

Dr Afzal Javed
Fountain House, Lower Mall, Lahore, Pakistan

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