Welcome to the official website for the World Congress of Asian Psychiatry to be held 21 – 24 February 2019 at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney, Australia.

As the Local Organising Committee Chair of the Congress, I join with the Members of the Organising Committee and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists who are hosting the event under the auspices of the Australian Federation of Psychiatric Associations in inviting you to submit your work and to attend this exciting event. The theme for this event is Mental Health Care Across Asia: Union In Diversity.

The Congress will bring together academics, researchers and practitioners from Australia and overseas and will provide a unique insight into the work of psychiatry for those working throughout Asia, as well as profiling the important role that psychiatry holds at the cutting edge of research and practice. It is envisaged that the 2019 WCAP Congress will provide a forum for showcasing our work and addressing some of the many difficult challenges our profession incurs on a daily basis in this region.

The Congress keynote speakers will represent some of the leading international and Australian figures in the world of practice and research in Asian psychiatry. In addition we plan an exciting line-up of concurrent sessions, workshops and oral, symposium and poster presentations. Social functions will offer the opportunity to network and collaborate in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Sydney, capital of New South Wales is the place to be in February. Delegates can expect warm, sunny summer weather and clear skies. The city is vital and includes first-class restaurants and a vibrant café scene within easy reach of the conference venue. Nearby are some of the best beaches in the world and nearby surrounds also provide ideal holiday spots for this time of year if you wish to extend your stay.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney at the World Congress of Asian Psychiatry in February 2019 on what promises to be an event not to be missed.

Professor Malcolm Hopwood
WCAP 2019 Organising Committee

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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