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arrow Inaugural Malaysian Conference on Clinical Hypnotherapy 2015

Date: 22 - 23 May 2015
Venue: Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Theme: Healing through the Integration of Mind, Body and Spirit
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arrow Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA)

Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA)
No. 8 Jalan 4/33 off Jalan Othman,
46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: (+603) - 7782 5499
Fax: (+603) - 7783 5432

The MMHA runs a Day Care Centre, a Charity Shop Project, organises public forums on mental health issues, provides support for carers of the mentally ill, runs Family to Family Education groups, conducts a Depression Support group and advocates for the rights of the mentally ill. MMHA has introduced the illness management & recovery, line dancing, singing, art painting, gardening, indoor and outdoor games, daily exercising, occasional outings for the clients under its rehabilitation programme.
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arrow 168th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association

Date: 16 - 21 May 2015
Venue: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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arrow Invitation to participate in an Exploratory Study on the Paradoxes of Emotional Labour Delivery in Mental Health Professions

Dear MPA Member,

Please find below request for your kind attention and further action, should you wish to participate.

Hi, My name is Kalai Vaaniy Balakrishnan a PhD student from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK). Previously I was attached as a Researcher with the Institute for Health Behavioural Research (IHBR), Ministry of Health. The reason I am writing to you is that we at Unirazak are conducting a research study on Mental Health Professions and are looking for respondents. The details of the study are as per below. No Obligation. Please let me know if any of your members will be interested in participating in our research.

This study basically seeks to gain insights into the interactions of behavioural conditioning with individual components and emotional labour experiences, in the context of mental health professionals’ and students’ self and job outcomes. The specific context for this study is the mental health institutions, with psychiatrists, psychologists and medical students as units of analyses. The significance of this study is to come out with a theory on the paradoxes of emotional labour delivery, which proposes views that are at odds with the mainstream scientific understanding, which will help inform social scientists and organisations on the realities of human behaviour for improved performance. Following are details of the research study:

Title: An Exploratory Study on the Paradoxes of Emotional Labour Delivery in Mental Health Professions.

Name of Investigator and Institution:

Principal Investigator: Associate Prof. Dr. Dewi Amat Sapuan, Graduate School of Business and Bureau for Excellence in Research and Teaching, University Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK)

GRA: Kalai Vaaniy Balakrishnan, University Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK)

Purpose of Study:

The purpose of this study is to: (a) elicit meanings attached to emotional labour experiences within the context of psychological standings and social interactions; (b) gain alternative insights on the effects of emotional labour delivery in the mental health professions, as guided by the evolving conceptual framework drawn; and (c) generate constructs and a theoretical framework that can be applied in a subsequent empirical investigation to derive conclusive evidence of paradoxical emotional labour effect.

Respondent, we need:

Mental Health Professionals (psychologist or psychiatrist)

Student (who have had experience with patients –it could have a brief experience with any kind of patients adult or children)

We will be conducting an in-depth interview with the respondents which will take about 1 hour 15 minutes maximum. ALL respondents must have had prior or current experiences dealing with patients. It could be a brief experience with any kind of patients (adult or children). All respondents name and place of work or education will not be revealed and will be replaced with Pseudonym. Respondents may withdraw at any time and or may skip questions that they would prefer not to answer. The interview session will be tape-recorded and will be conducted at any time and venue convenient to the respondent (even weekends). We will send a copy of the transcription for the respondent approval after the interview session. We will be giving a small honorarium of RM100 for Mental Health Professionals and RM 50 for students. The interview session will be conducted by Dr. Dewi and assisted by me.

If you require further info, please feel free to contact me. We are really looking for respondent to participate in this study soon (within this three week period) because the research grant will expire in July 2015. Thanks you so much for your kind assistance.


Kalai Vaaniy Balakrishnan
Graduate Research Assistant
Bureau for Excellence in Research and Teaching,
University Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK)
Tel: 03-27307191
Mobile: 010-2215321
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arrow 3rd Taiping Symposium on Mental Health

Date: 15 - 16 May 2015
Venue: Copthorne Hotel, Cameron Highlands
Theme: Magnifying and Enhancing Thinking in Psychiatry: Achieving Excellence by 2020
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arrow Exploring Burnout Among Malaysian Junior Doctors Using the Abbreviated Maslach Burnout Inventory

Please note that a new online early paper has been published in the Malaysian Journal of Psychiatry!
Section: Original Paper
Authors: Zuraida AS and Zainal NZ
Institution: The Psychological Medicine Research group of University Malaya (PARADIGM), University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Keywords: Abbreviated Maslach Burnout Inventory, Burnout, Doctors, Psychometric Properties, Validity
Abstract: Objective: The study aimed to explore the prevalence of burnout among the junior doctors and to examine the psychometric properties of abbreviated Maslach Burnout Inventory (aMBI).
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