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APFAM (the Asia Pacific Forum on Families) International, is a United Nations recognised regional organisation which was launched at the World Social Welfare Conference in Jakarta in 1997. For the first few years members' energies were engaged in establishing the network and organizations across the ten member countries. There are now APFAM organizations in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Fiji, Thailand, Phillipines, Hong Kong, Taiwan and New Zealand.

There remains a great deal to be done to establish the network as a strong one within this Reqion including a higher profile in each member country. Much of this work has been done voluntarily and with small but welcome grants from some governments or organizations in member countries.

Malaysia is represented in APFAM International through Professor Jamilah Ariffin who was the Vice-President till June 2002. Professor Jamilah Ariffin is also the Joint-Editor of the APFAM Journal which is published at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, where the other editor, Ms. Margarita Frederico is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, La Trobe University. In 2001 APFAM International and APFAM Member countries published A Strategic Plan for Families in the Asia Pacific Region which is a report of a joint project which concluded with recommendations for action by APFAM.

The APFAM Secretariat is located where the President of APFAM resides. In 1997 - 2000 it was in Australia and in 2000 to 2002 it was based in Fiji. The APFAM International Secretariat is now in Malaysia. In June 2002, Datin Professor Dr. Jamilah Ariffin became the Third APFAM International President for the term 2002-2004  

 
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