In 2005, the Victorian government launched China, 2005 & Beyond, a document that set out the Victorian Government's vision for the State's trade and investment relationship with China and that outlined initiatives to further strengthen this relationship. A key initiative highlighted in the document was Asia-Australia Mental Health's work with China in the field of mental health.
Collaboration over a number of years was formalised in the signing of a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding between Asia-Australia Mental Health and Peking University in October 2004.
Officially launched at Asialink in April 2005, the first joint activity under this Memorandum was a training program for 19 heads of major hospitals across China and senior Ministry of Health officials. The 5 day program involved lectures, workshops and site visits to key services that collaborate to provide mental health service delivery to Victorians.