INTRODUCTION

The Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists is an Association of Psychiatrists from countries bordering the Pacific. Though primarily formed by academic psychiatrists, membership is open to psychiatrists in any area of practice.

The purpose of the College is to provide a forum for communication between psychiatrists in the range of countries around the Pacific, and this is particularly facilitated by a conference held every two years. There are also mail-outs of newsletters between these conferences. The conferences provide an opportunity for the presentations of scientific papers, discussions on important issues in psychiatry, and consideration of the variety of clinical, social, political and ethical issues that tax psychiatrists in clinical practice, administration and the conducting of teaching and research in the Pacific countries.

GOALS

The Pacific Rim is a region of great diversity. It contains several of the largest and most populous countries in the world, as well as some of the smallest. Our member countries are undergoing a variety of levels of socio-economic development, and thus the organisation of general health and mental health services differs greatly among our member countries. The PRCP aims to foster greater national development of mental health services, and to support the improvement of education and research in psychiatry through greater professional collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region.

The College also provides a formal setting for communication among our members through a biennial conference held in one of our member countries. The conferences provide an opportunity for the presentations of scientific papers, discussions on important issues in psychiatry, and consideration of the variety of clinical, social, political and ethical issues that concern psychiatrists in clinical practice, administration, and teaching and research in the Asia-Pacific. Further, members of the College also conduct seminars and support collaborative research and education projects in various areas of psychiatry. PRCP members are active in a variety of other professional organizations, such as IAPA, AFPMH, South Asia Forum, AFPA, RANZCP, CPA, APA, and WPA, among many other national and international groups, and thus provide a variety of informal linkages to foster greater inter-organizational collaboration for the advancement of psychiatry among our members' home countries.