We report a conference to discuss the mental health response to the recent tsunami disaster that struck the coasts of the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004. The conference was convened in Jakarta on 3–5 February 2005 and was organised by the Indonesian Society for Biological Psychiatry and chaired by Dr Yul Iskandar. The meeting brought together the Asian psychiatrists who helped out in the disaster zones in Aceh and Meulaboh (Indonesia), Penang (Malaysia) and Phuket (Thailand). The experiences shared by these psychiatrists have important implications for the future training of psychiatrists, especially those from developing countries.
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