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Newsletter June 2006

Date: 15 July 2006

Presidentís Column Greetings to all MPA members from the committee. In this column I will cover a number of important developments that concern us. The preparations for the World Congress of Psychotherapy and the MCPM are in full swing. Every Committee member is busily involved. Donít forget to access the conference website ( for the most up-to-date information. We also wish to encourage all members to register early. It makes planning so much easier. I have just returned from Jakarta after attending the ASEAN Federation of Psychiatry and Mental Health (AFPMH) Council meeting held in conjunction with the ASEAN Congress of Psychiatry. The Congress was originally planned to be held in Yogyakarta, but relocated to Jakarta because of the earthquake and the possibility of eruption of Mount Merapi. Our Indonesian colleagues are to be congratulated for organizing the conference in Jakarta at such short notice. Unfortunately only 3 Malaysians attended the conference. When it came to Malaysiaís turn to make a presentation at the welcoming dinner, Dr. Andrew Mohanraj sang a song! Some participants declined to sing on the grounds that their singing would seriously jeopardize the health of the listeners! Andrew is serving in Aceh with the International Medical Corp. And I heard that Cik Hanizam, formerly an MPA Committee Member, is with the same organization but serving in Yogyakarta. I hope in future conferences there would be more Malaysian participation so that we can give a proper cultural performance, as we used to do in years past. I remember Prof Ramli, one of our Past Presidents, leading a Dikir Barat in Bandung in 1994! The AFPMH discussed ways to increase interaction and collaboration among ASEAN psychiatrists. The ASEAN Travel Fellowship for young psychiatrists will be rejuvenated. The ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry has been revived, and a recent issue has been published by our Indonesian colleagues. Members could contribute articles to the Journal. Prof Deva attended the meeting and briefed the council on the progress in the formation of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations. The next ASEAN Congress will be held in August 2008 in Bangkok. Prof Pichet of Songkla has taken over the chairmanship of the AFPMH. MPA members would be interested to know that after Thailand it would be Malaysiaís turn to chair the AFPMH, from 2008 to 2010 culminating in a Congress. I would like to inform members of an important development with regard to the Specialist Register in Malaysia. You would be aware that the Academy of Medicine has been given the task of coordinating the formation of the register, perhaps as soon as next year. There is also a law in the offing, which would stipulate that no medical practitioner may present himself as a specialist unless he is registered in the Specialist Register. The Academy has drawn up the regulations as to who is eligible to be registered as well as what subspecialties would be recognized. The Psychiatry Specialty Board appointed by the Ministry of Health, in which the MPA is represented, had drawn up a list of various subspecialties in psychiatry. Unfortunately the general board convened by the Academy did not endorse this list and it is with some heavy persuasion that Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was finally accepted as a proper subspecialty. Other subspecialties would be listed in the future. Please download the full newsletter below...

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