The Asia-Pacific International Research and Education (ASPIRE) network held an inaugural Forum in Hanoi 14-15 April 2014 hosted by Ministry of Health, Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The ASPIRE Network is co-ordinated by WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) and network partners include government, academic and peak body mental health leaders from Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Brunei,  and China and the Universities of Rochester (USA), Melbourne (Australia), and Oslo (Norway)

The ASPIRE’s purpose is to improve the lives of people with mental disorders through collaborations in research, service development and mental health human resource capacity building. The Forum provided an opportunity to identify and discuss areas of mutual beneficial collaborations in mental health research.

Asia Australia Mental Health (AAMH) co-hosted the Forum, facilitating discussions between familiar voices of the community mental health network and new colleagues keen for the research component of the international collaborations.

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ASPIRE Network, Hanoi April 2014

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