Prof. Adeyemi (President of APN) The Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) was mooted in 1969 and inaugurated in 1970. At the onset of Psychiatric practice in Nigeria, many of the pioneer psychiatrists worked with government establishments within the University system and the Federal and State Government owned Hospitals. It is a medical specialty society representing growing membership of 215 psychiatrists in Nigeria. Together, members and physicians work to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. The APN represents the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry in Nigeria.
MISSION AND GOALS OF THE ASSOCIATION
The goals of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria include:
To promote closer relationship among the psychiatrists in Nigeria and to foster the interchange of ideas and communication among them.
To promote, encourage and undertake research in Psychiatry.
To collaborate and where desirable seek affiliation with other Medical Societies and Associations, especially of Mental Sciences in Africa in particular, and in the world as a whole.
To contribute to the improvement of mental health care.
To encourage, assist and promote training of psychiatrists.
To disseminate among members of the public, information on the cause, prevention and treatment of mental illness.
To maintain a high standard of professional ethics, conduct and practice among psychiatrists in Nigeria.
To encourage, assist and promote continuing medical education among psychiatrists and other mental health workers.
The Country as of 1996 has Psychiatric units/department/wards in the following: