It is my great honor and pleasure to serve you as the 19th president of Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists (PRCP). The PRCP was founded on May 14, 1980 with aims to promote research, training and the exchange of information between psychiatric professionals. I look forward to continuing the work of my predecessors who have laid a good foundation to enhance the tasks of PRCP: Participation, Responsibility and Collaboration among colleagues and countries in the Pacific Rim region.

One of the platforms for the exchange of information is the biannual scientific meeting. The recent successful 2018 PRCP congress in Yangon is an example and it was the first international psychiatric meeting that ever held in Myanmar. It inspired and motivated a group of early career psychiatrists who participated the educational and leadership workshops to establish a peer group (Young Asia Pacific Psychiatrists Network, YAPPNET) under the auspices of PRCP. We welcome our new members and look forward to work with you in any future endeavor.

We will also strengthen our relationship with other psychiatric societies in this region with greater participation in conducting seminars, training workshops or sponsor collaborative research in the area of mental health. We also hope to extend our collaboration to those countries where mental health has long been neglected or underdeveloped. I would like you to join and lead the special-interest groups (SIGs) that were set up in the last two years, to share your expertise among psychiatrists in this region and to publish your research, evidence and experience at our official journal-the Asia Pacific Psychiatry (APPSY).

Our next biannual scientific meeting (the 19th PRCP Congress) will be held in Seoul on April 8-10, 2021, hosted by the Korean NeuroPsychiatry Association (KNPA) who have good records in organizing successful congresses including the 15th PRCP Congress in 2012. In order to have more time to prepare a meeting, we are also considering Australia as a venue for the 20th PRCP Congress in 2023. I look forward to seeing you and it is a responsibility for all of us to actively participate in these and other activities and be proud of being a member of this prestigious academic society of psychiatry.

Mian-Yoon Chong, MD., PhD., FRCPsych
President, PRCP
Professor of Psychiatry, Chang Gung University School of Medicine, Taiwan
Vice-Superintendent, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan


Prof. Pichet Udomratn, MD

PRCP President, 2016 - 2018

Dear PRCP colleagues,

It is a great honor and pleasure to serve you as the new president of PRCP after the two successful years of Prof. Helen Herrman’s tenure.
As you are aware, PRCP was founded in 1980 with the motto to be the voice of Asia-Pacific Psychiatry. PRCP aims to support the improvement of education and research in psychiatry through greater professional collaboration in the Asia-Pacific Region.

To achieve this goal, PRCP will provide more channels for communication among its members by setting up special-interest groups (SIG), which will be accessible through our website in the near future. For each SIG, you will be able to contact our officers, board members and colleagues who share common interests directly. This way, many networks of Asia-Pacific researchers from various areas will be created. Therefore, our members will more concrete benefits than only a hard copy of the Asia-Pacific Psychiatry Journal and a platform to meet in the next biennial conference.

Additionally, PRCP will strive to expand beyond our geographical borders by trying to persuade more psychiatrists from Latin and South America to join our organization.

In a nutshell, our strategy for the next 2 years we will follow the acronym, PRCP:
   P is for Participation
   R is for Responsibility
   C is for Collaboration
   P is for Pacific Rim countries

So we will focus on participation and collaboration among psychiatrists from Pacific Rim countries, and we hope each of us will take wholeheartedly to the task they have been assigned.

Lastly, I would like to thank you all again for your kind support and invite you to work together over the next two years to make the voice of Asia-Pacific Psychiatry heard around this world. I wish you all enjoy the upcoming Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017.

With my best wishes and personal regards,

Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine
Prince of Songkla University
Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110

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