AOFS: Asia Oceania Federation for Sexology

The Asia Oceania Federation for Sexology (AOFS) is a membership organisation of country organizations and inidividuals representing sexologists and individuals working in the field of sexology. AOFS is the regional arm of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). AOFS is a multidisciplinary organisation dedicated to positive male and female sexual health and the management of sexual dysfunctions.

The main purposes of the AOFS are:

  • To promote the exchange of knowledge about sexual health and the management of sexual dysfunctions throughout Asia and the Oceania region.
  • To establish and support the highest standards of ethics in clinical practice in the field of sexology in the Asia and the Oceania region.
  • To create a collaborative supportive network for professionals working in sexology in Asia and the Oceania region.
  • To provide continuing education to sexologists in the region through bi-annual conferences. The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)

The World Association for Sexual Health is a membership organization with 5 regional arms: AOFS covers the Asian and Oceanic area, including Australia, AFSHR covers Africa, EFS covers Europe and includes the Turkish and Israel Societies, FLASSES covers Latin America and the European Portuguese and Spanish societies, and NAFSO should cover North America, but is presently a sleeping organisation. Since 1978 WAS has been the global organization concerned with sexual health and rights. In recent years, the WAS constituency has become involved in advocating for changes in public policy to recognize sexual health and rights as key ingredients in overall health and social justice.

Millennium Declaration

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Declaration of Sexual Rights

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History of AOFS

In 1990, Dr. Emil M.L.Ng of the University of Hong Kong invited prominent sexologists in various Asian regions to a "Conference on Sexuality in Asia" at his University. At the end of the Conference, all participants saw the need to form an Asian Federation for Sexology to continue the communication and strengthening of sexuality work in Asian. After two years of organizational work, the Federation was formally registered in Hong Kong in 1992 with Dr. M.L.Ng as the Foundation President, the conference in Hong Kong was taken as the First Asian Congress in Sexology.

In 2003, by request of the World Association for Sexology and sexology organizations in Australia, the Federation formally changed its name to Asia-Oceania Federation for Sexology to include membership from Australia and other Oceania countries.

Prior to 2007, occasional journals and bulletins of the Federation were published by individual presidents and vice-presidents. They include Sexuality in Asia (1 issue in 1990) by Emil M.L.Ng (Foundation President), Apollo and Selene (3 issues in 1993) by Liu Dalin, Vice-President 1992-1994 and 2000-2002, Journal of Asian Sexology (2 issues in 1998) by Edwin HW Yen, President 1996-1998 and Journal of Asian Sexology (2 issues in 2001) by Prof. Seichi Matsumoto. 

In 2007, Veropal Chandeying, President 2006-2008, succeeded to make the Journal Sexual Health, published by CSIRO Publishing, Australia, the official journal of the Federation

In 2011 the first small AOFS Newsletter was created to increase communication within the organization.

Presidents of the Federation

1990-1992 Emil Man Lun Ng (Hong Kong)
1994-1996 Prakash Kothari (India)
1996-1998 Edwin HW Yen (Taiwan)
1998-2000 Hyung Ki Choi (Korea)
2000-2002 Seichi Matsumoto (Japan)
2002-2004 Ganesan Adaikan (Singapore)
2004-2006 Prakash Kothari (India)
2006-2008 Veropal Chandeying (Thailand)
2008-2010 Hu Peicheng (China)
2010-2012 Arif Adimoelja (Indonesia)
2012-2014 Reiko Ohkawa (Japan) 
Margaret Redelman (Australia)
Nam Cheol Park (Korea)


Past AOFS Congresses

1990 Hong Kong ‘Sexuality in Asia’
1992 Shanghai (China)
1994 New Delhi (India)
1996 Taipei (Taiwan)
1998 Seoul (Korea)
2000 Kobe (Japan)
2002 Singapore
2004 Mumbai (India) ‘Sexuality in a Changing World’
2006 Bangkok (Thailand) ’Sexuality: No East, No West’
2008 Beijing (China) ‘Sexual Health, Civilization, Harmony’
2010 Bali (Indonesia) ‘Sexuality throughout the Life Span’

Matsue (Japan) ‘Promotion of Sexual Health in Asia-Oceania’

2014 Brisbane (Australia) ‘From Podium to Practice’
2016 Busan (Korea) ‘Think Sexual Rights, Talk Sexual Health’



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