The Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension (APSH) was formally established in 1997 and the first meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia in 1999. Subsequent meetings have been held approximately every second year since that time. When the International Society of Hypertension meets in Asia it is a combined meeting. The society is a confederation of national societies of hypertension, or the hypertension section of a national cardiac society. The society is governed by an elected executive and a council representing all member societies. The governance will alter as the society matures and gains in strength. The society is established to advance the clinical and scientific understanding of hypertension and to improve the treatment of hypertension and related vascular disorders in the community.