As I assume the Presidency of PRCP, I am cognizance of the immense
contributions of past Presidents since the idea of a College was mooted in
1981. I stand on the shoulders of giants, to quote Sir Isaac Newton. The small
group which met at Manila for the first scientific meeting has grown and with the
Brisbane meeting this year, there are altogether 14 biennial scientific
The new decade heralds unprecedented opportunities for PRCP to
engage and connect with colleagues around the Pacific-Rim. The initial aim of
the College for just an intellectual exchange among university professors has
now become more inclusive with increased membership applications from many
non-academic psychiatrists. PRCP meetings have always been the centripetal
force which brings academics and non-academics around the Rim together to
discuss and deliberate on new research and training programmes.
In the next 2 years, we should have as one of our Key Performance
Indicators ( KPI ) training workshops in developing countries to assist in skills
development like clinical expertise, service improvement and leadership training
of young psychiatrists. In the hiatus between the big biennial scientific meetings,
we will try to organize smaller meetings in less opulent settings where more
colleagues from developing countries can attend.
A second KPI is to encourage more research publications from
developing countries in the Asia-Pacific Psychiatry (APPY) journal. It is
heartening to note that the October 2010 issue of APPY has contributions from
all the continents around the Pacific-Rim.
I will be glad to have your ideas on how best we can serve the region.
With warm wishes,