Over 70 distinguished academics, practitioners, thought leaders, and policy makers from the US, UK, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong gathered at Lingnan on 22 January for the International Symposium on “Innovation in Health Service Delivery: Enhancing Trade and Creating Value in the Asia-Pacific Region”, which is organised by the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies at Lingnan University and the Hong Kong APEC Study Centre (APECSC) at The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
In the opening ceremony, Vice-President Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho welcomed the opportunity to co-host the symposium and commented that facing the global challenges raised by the rapid social changes, scholars, practitioners and policy makers saw the need for innovation in health service delivery and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region. Prof Darryl Jarvis, Director of APECSC and Mr Chris YH Sun, JP, Head of Healthcare Planning and Development Office, Food and Health Bureau of the HKSAR Government also delivered welcoming remarks.
Prof Tikki Pang, Visiting Professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and former Director of the Department of Research Policy and Cooperation, World Health Organization discussed the topic “Dealing with Dengue as a Cross-border Health Threat: The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good”. Prof Alfred Chan Cheung-ming, Chair Professor of Social Gerontology from Lingnan’s Department of Sociology and Social Policy shared his view on “Marketisation of Community Care in Hong Kong: The Implementation of the Community Care Voucher Scheme”. In the Research Postgraduate Students Reflections session, postgraduate students from the organisers shared what they have learned from the symposium and the reflection on their research.