Our Core Partners, located across the Asia-Pacific, are the key supporters and drivers of the Digital Hub's work. They represent major academic, governmental, and business organizations and provide vision and leadership within each of the Hub's Mental Health Focus Areas. In particular, our Core Partners are responsible for developing and leading novel Hub initiatives as well as identifying and showcasing innovative projects for scale-up.


Australia: The University of Melbourne

Lead Contact Dr. Chee Ng

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne (UoM) is a leading public institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching, and engagement. UoM has a particularly long and distinguished track record of leadership in mental health research, training, and development activities across the Asia Pacific.

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Canada: The University of British Columbia (Host Institution)

Lead Contact Dr. Raymond Lam

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

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Canada: The University of Alberta (Host Institution)

Lead Contact Dr. Andy Greenshaw

Founded in 1908, the University of Alberta is one of Canada's leading public universities. Its mission is to create and sustain a vibrant and supportive learning environment that discovers, disseminates, and applies new knowledge through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement, and partnerships. The University of Alberta gives a national and international voice to innovation in our province, taking a lead role in placing Canada at the global forefront.

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Canada: The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (Host Institution)

Lead Contact Mr. Phil Upshall

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) has evolved to become one of Canada’s best-connected mental health NGOs with a demonstrated track record for forging and maintaining meaningful and sustained partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout Canada.

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Chile: Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Health

Lead Contact Dr. Mauricio Gomez

The Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud de Chile) is the administrative office in charge of planning, executing, and informing Chile's mental health policies. The Ministry of Health's mission is to support and sustain a healthy population, developing strong, timely, patient-centred health systems to accommodate the needs of individuals, families, and communities.

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China: Peking University APEC Health Sciences Academy

Lead Contact Prof. XiaoYing Zheng

The Peking University APEC Health Sciences Academy (PKU APEC HeSAY), established in 2015 as a joint initiative between the Institute for Population Research, Peking University (IPRPKU) and the APEC Life Science Innovation Forum (LSIF), is the coordinating centre for APEC health innovation research exchanges and projects that inform APEC economies' health strategies and policies.

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Indonesia: Directorate of Mental Health, Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health of Indonesia's mission is to improve public health status through community empowerment, including the private sector and civil society; protect the public health by assuring the availability of a complete health efforts, uneven quality and equitable; ensure the availability and distribution of health resources; and, create good governance.

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Japan: National Institute of Mental Health, National Centre of Neurology and Psychiatry

Lead Contact Dr. Kazuyuki Nakagome

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) was established in 1952 to improve mental health of the population through comprehensive and integrative research in psychiatry, psychology, sociology, social welfare and community health service, as well as the education of mental health professionals. In October 1986, the NIMH was merged into National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP) so as to make more effective contributions to public mental health.

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Korea: National Centre for Mental Health

Lead Contact Dr. Tae-Yeon Hwang

The National Centre for Mental Health's mission is for the happiness of people through mental health improvement. Their vision is to establish a new standard of mental health, through evidence based research for mental health improvement, analysing new systems for public mental health, and promoting community based medical care. The National Centre for Mental Health's Institute of Mental Health has begun to raise the standard of mental health research through applied research and development and for the promotion of national mental health field.

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Malaysia: Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health Malaysia seeks to assist individuals achieve and maintain optimal levels of health, to help them lead productive lifestyles - economically and socially. This is materialised through the provision of a high quality health system devoted to promotional and preventive approaches, as well as efficient, appropriate and effective treatment and rehabilitation services, whilst supporting and prioritising less fortunate groups.

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Mexico: Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, National Institute of Psychiatry

The Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz National Institute of Psychiatry is a decentralized public organization with its own budget and administration. The Institute is part of the system of National Institutes of Health in Mexico.

The functions of the Institute are: to conduct scientific research, to instruct qualified personnel to conduct these investigations, to train professionals and technicians in these fields, to treat psychiatric patients and to act as an advisor to other official and private organisms.

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The Philippines: The University of the Philippines, Manila

The University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila) is one of the eight constituent units (seven constituent universities and one autonomous college) of the University of the Philippines (UP) System. It is a public and secular institution of higher learning that offers academic and training programs, as well as extension services in the health sciences, health professions education, arts, and sciences.

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The Philippines: National Center for Mental Health

The National Center for Mental Health is dedicated to delivering preventive, curative and rehabilitative mental health care services. It is categorised as Special Research Training Center and Hospital under Department of Health on January 30, 1987. The leading mental health care facility in the country, NCMH provides a comprehensive range of preventive, curative and rehabilitative mental health services. It has an authorized bed capacity of 4,200 patients and a daily inpatient average of 3,000 patients. It serves an average of 56,0000 outpatients per year.

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Singapore: Institute of Mental Health

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) is a 2,000-bed acute tertiary psychiatric hospital situated on a 25-hectare campus at Buangkok Green Medical Park. Set amidst serene surroundings, IMH offers a comprehensive range of psychiatric, rehabilitative and counselling services for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.

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Viet Nam: The Research and Training Center for Community Development

Lead Contact Dr. Tuan Tran

The Research and Training Center for Community Development (RTCCD) is a local non-government organization in Viet Nam with a wide range of experience in conducting community-based mental health research projects, as well as providing technical support to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Health in establishing national community-based mental health care as well as integrating mental health law into laws on preventive medicine. RTCCD also has a mental health clinic that serves as a model for application at the provincial level.

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