Many of you may not know that IACAPAP is an 80-year-old association that runs on pure volunteer power until a year ago when we decided to employ some professional help. Our association has been relying on the Presidents and their resources as senior members of the child mental health fraternity. Sometimes we would outsource services and decide on what needs to be done and pay for such services as needed. We as a group decided to formalise an association management approach in 2018 and started the process to engage a company to help us manage our day today work. Even then, we needed to bring in various other elements to help such as legal and audit services. This has been quite a journey and is by no means at an end. Even as I write this blog, uncertainly on how we go forward continues to be a struggle. The reason is simple, our office bearers are all volunteers and have a day job, the association has many moving parts, from our educational initiatives to our organisation of meetings and congresses. The lack of clear continuity in our administration is much to be desired. So I would like to start by sharing and thanking the 1 year we have had with our present administrator, Sue Wong. Sue has been working with congress organisation for close to 20 years but has decided to look into association management as a new area of interest and development. She also recently got married and hailing from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, she is actually 300 kilometres from Singapore where I am based. She has helped us get our act together and organised meetings, too minutes and linked our executive committee which is made up of members from all over the world in a regular coherent manner. It is no mean task and I would like to acknowledge her contributions to IACAPAP.
We have also help from Melissa Quek who works on our webpage and is responsible to get our content on the many changes we do on our website including the very successful IACAPAP e-textbook and quarterly bulletins. She also co-ordinates closely with Hesham on our communications strategy. These are but two individuals that have made a difference behind the scene in IACAPAP. We will continue in our quest to create a sustainable strategy to achieve our aims of supporting global child mental health.
Please keep watching this space.
Dr Daniel Fung