Newsletter February 2006
Date: 24 June 2006
I wish to begin with congratulations and apologies to the members of the MPA. Congratulations for having developed such patience over the past year; and apologies because we have presumed upon your patience! The Secretary, who has taken over the publication duties, has explained elsewhere the reasons for the delay in coming out with this Newsletter, and if you think we are giving excuses, you are probably right, and as the President I will accept responsibility!
The past year has been truly a busy one. I am very pleased to announce that the MPA has been placed squarely in the international arena. We have been asked to contribute to numerous international and regional efforts to improve psychiatric services. We have been, and still are being, invited to participate in International Conferences to share our experiences in providing, for example, emergency psychiatric services for victims of trauma. In my capacity as President I have attended and spoken, among others, at the World Psychiatric Association Regional Conference in Athens, the International Conference on Culture and Psychiatry in Sydney, and the 1st SAARC Conference in Agra. I have had to turn down other invitations or send a representative. Many of our presentations have been well-received. I remember particularly the presentation in Sydney on psychosocial services for the tsunami victims, chaired by Professor Beverly Raphael, where I presented a paper on the lessons we learned from our experience in Aceh.
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