The APCMHD project aims to illustrate and inspire best practice in community mental health care in the Asia-Pacific region through exchange of practical experience and current evidence. The project works through a high-level network of government mental health officials, leading psychiatrists and research leaders from 17 countries⁄regions including Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
In 2008, AAMH published a report summarising the work of the APCMHD project’s first stage. It documented each participating country’s or region’s development of community mental health services, and contains country-specific examples of best practice community mental health models and key guiding principles for development of these services in the region.
Stage two of the project focuses on providing support for the creation and maintenance of effective partnerships in community mental health care delivery. Stage two identifies and strengthens partnerships between mental health services and other health and non-health agencies that will support community mental health care through an integrated approach between hospital and community networks.