Keynote Speakers

Professor Paul CHEUNG
Professor Paul Cheung is currently Professor of Social Policy and Analytics at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He started his career as a youth worker in Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups after graduating from the then University of Singapore with degrees in Social Work and Sociology. He received his MSW and lenoMA from the University of Hawaii, and a joint PhD in Social Work and Sociology (Demography) from the University of Michigan.

Professor Cheung began his NUS career in 1983 teaching research methods and social policy. In 1986, he was seconded to the Government of Singapore to undertake policy planning and research work. He was appointed the Chief Statistician of Singapore in 1991, managing and coordinating the national statistical system of Singapore. For his leadership in modernizing Singapore’s census and statistical systems, he was awarded the Public Administration Gold Medal by the Government of Singapore in 2001.

In 2004, Professor Cheung joined the United Nations as the Director of UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and UN Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). Over the next nine years, he facilitated the development of the global statistical system and coordinated the work of the United Nations Statistical Commission. He also managed a diverse programme of work implementing UN mandates on the use of global geospatial information in harnessing location information to support policy formulation.

Professor Cheung returned to NUS in 2013 to resume his teaching and research. He has received many awards and medals from governments, universities and international organizations.  He is now senior advisor to a number of countries on national planning and statistical systems. He is also the Chair of International Steering Committee on Global Mapping. Professor Cheung’s current research focuses on the development of community analytics to assess and predict community vulnerabilities and behaviors, and the development of a new generation of global information infrastructure, integrating ‘big data’, official statistics and geospatial information for policy decision support. He is widely recognized for his research on Asian demographics, social stratification, and social service transformations.

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Professor Lawrence PALINKAS
Lawrence Palinkas is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health; Chair of the Department of Child, Youth and Families; and Director of the Behavior, Health and Society Research Cluster in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. He also holds secondary appointments as Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC.

Dr. Palinkas received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1974 and an MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 1975 and 1981, respectively.  Prior to coming to USC, he was Professor and Vice Chair of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.  He has also been a visiting professor at the Peking Union Medical College in China, the University of Oulu in Finland, and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

A medical anthropologist, his primary areas of expertise are mental health services research and behavioral health and prevention science. Dr. Palinkas is particularly interested in the sociocultural and environmental determinants of health and health-related behavior with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion, child welfare and child mental health, translational and implementation science, immigrant and refugee communities, global health and health disparities, and health behavior in extreme environments and disasters. His research has included studies of the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for delivery of mental health services and prevention programs to children, adolescents and underserved populations; psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments and manmade disasters; mental health needs of older adults; cultural explanatory models of mental illness and service utilization; HIV and substance abuse prevention in Mexico; evaluation of academic-community research practice partnerships; use of research evidence in policy and practice; and acculturation and chronic disease risk in immigrant and refugee populations. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIH, the MacArthur Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Current research encompasses mental health services, prevention science, immigrant health, global health, and the human dimensions of global climate change. He also provides expertise to students and colleagues in the use of qualitative and mixed research methods.

Among his scholarly achievements are the Antarctic Service Medal by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Navy in 1989; deputy chief officer of the Life Sciences Standing Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research in 2002; chair of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's External Advisory Council in 2003; and membership on committees of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Palinkas is an elected fellow of the American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology and the author of more than 330 publications.

Conference Speakers

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Ms Bee Lian ANG, Ministry of Social and Family Development Singapore
Miss Ang Bee Lian holds statutory responsibility as the Director of Social Welfare at the Ministry of Social and Family Development. She also provides views and advice on the standards of social work and professional practice and capability in the sector. Qualified as a social worker, she started as a child protection staff and practised in several settings. She has a Masters from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked extensively with the statutory and voluntary sectors in the children, youth, elder care, disability and juvenile rehabilitation settings, and in a variety of policy, practice and management roles. She was a Visiting Expert at the UN Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in Fuchu, Japan in 2002.  She was Visiting Speaker at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Annual Conference, Engagement in Policy and Service Delivery for the 21st Century in 2011, with a chapter in the publication, Putting Citizens First called Singapore’s Social Safety Net and Human Service Provisions. She was Outstanding Social Worker in Singapore in 2000. In 2003, she was among the winners of the Leader Mentor’s awards at the Global Leadership and Mentoring Congress in Singapore.  She is currently involved in a range of inter-disciplinary committees involved in human services. She was also a member of the 2010 Censorship Review Committee and a current member of the Films Appeal Committee.
Sharon BENJAMIN, MSW, Deputy Director – Department of Social Services, Municipality of Jerusalem
Sharon Benjamin works for the Department of Social Services at the Jerusalem Municipality. Her major contributions are in developing professional and community responses in the areas of poverty and disasters. Jerusalem is one of the most impoverished cities in Israel and has suffered ongoing terror attacks as well as other emergencies. Programs developed in Jerusalem, in these areas, have been adopted nationwide.
Dr Celia Hoi Yan Chan
Dr. Celia Hoi Yan Chan, Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong She has extensive clinical experience in working with different populations including patients with cancer, insomnia, psoriasis, infertility, depression and anxiety. In working with these populations, she applies the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Model, an empirically based approach to assessment and treatment which connects Western therapeutic techniques with Eastern philosophies and practices.
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Professor Cecilia L. W. CHAN, B.Soc.Sc.; M.Soc.Sc.; Ph.D.; R.S.W.; J.P.
Si Yuan Professor in Health and Social Work,
Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration; and
Honorary Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Hong Kong
Honorary Professor, Graduate School, Tsinghua University
Honorary Professor, China Women’s College
Honorary Professor, Beijing Normal University

Professor Chan is a world renowned expert in eastern mind-body practices including qigong, mindfulness and Traditional Chinese exercises in the promotion of well-being for persons with health and mental health issues. She is the pioneer in starting the use of salivary cortisol as an outcome indicator for psychosocial intervention for cancer patients, the study of impact of qigong practice on persons with chronic fatigue symptoms using telomere activities as a physiological measure, study of efficacy of qigong for cancer patients and their family care givers, the impact of the body-mind-spirit intervention on persons with insomnia and depression, women on IVF, etc.

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Dr. Marcus Yu-Lung Chiu is an Associate Professor in the Social Work Department, FASS, NUS. His research interest is in the areas of social inclusion, caregiver burden, help-seeking, programme evaluation, and mental health recovery. He is currently the Editor-In-Chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, and an Honorary Fellow to several overseas institutes.
srinivasan chokkanathan
Dr.Srinivasan Chokkanathan is a psychiatric social worker trained in clinical and community based mental health at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences Bangalore. He has provided psychosocial interventions for child and adult clients in hospital as well as community based settings. Currently, he is an Assistant professor at the department of Social Work, National University of Singapore. He conducts research on mental health and elder mistreatment in Asian countries including India and Singapore.
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Professor Hyekyung CHOO
Hyekyung Choo is an associate professor at the Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore. Her research expertise lies in adolescents’ health risk behaviors including excessive gaming, and program evaluation. She has published her extensive research work on those topics in British Journal of Social Work, Journal of Community Psychology, and Journal of Child and Family Studies among others.

Ms Peh Kim CHOO
Trained as a social worker, counselling therapist and clinical supervisor, Kim Choo has more than 20 years in the aged care sector.
Currently, she is Chief, Programmes at Tsao Foundation and also the project leader for the Community for Successful Ageing (ComSA) at Whampoa, a community wide, population based project to enable ageing in place.
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Dr. Amy CHOW, Ph. D.; M. Soc. Sc.; R.S.W; F.T.
Dr. Amy Chow, an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong, is the founding Director of the first community bereavement counseling centre in Hong Kong.She is an elected board member of the prestigious International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement and serves the Body of Knowledge Committee and Grief Counseling Standards Task Force of Association of Death Education and Counseling.
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Ms. Malabika DAS
Ms. Das is an integrative social worker from New York City and MSW graduate of Columbia University. She recently obtained her PhD in Social Work at the University of Hong Kong. She studied the ecological impact on mental and psychosocial health of displaced persons. Her practice approach combines Eastern and Western healing modalities. She serves as Honorary Lecturer in HKU’s Social Work Department.
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Professor Young Kyung DO
Dr Young Kyung Do is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Seoul National University College of Medicine. Prior to his current position, Dr Do worked in the Program in Health Services and Systems Research at Duke-NUS (2009-2013). His research interests include aging and long-term care, health/education/labor interplay, and health care quality from the patient’s perspective.
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Dr. Kenneth J. DOKA
Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. Dr. Doka’s has authored or edited 30 books and written over 100 articles and book chapters. Dr. Doka is editor of both Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement.
Mr Gerard EE
Mr Gerard Ee is the Chairman of Charity Council and the President of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA).
Possessing a passion for both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, he had served as the President of the National Council of Social Service, National Kidney Foundation, was a Board Member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and Council Member of the Accounting Standards Council. Mr Gerard Ee is also the Chairman of Eastern Health Alliance Pte Ltd.
Susan Farrell
Dr. Farrell oversees development programs in undergraduate, post-graduate, and inter-professional clinical curriculum and assessment methods. Her work includes resident-teacher programs, inter-professional clinician-educator programs in Singapore, and emergency physician curriculum development in India. Dr. Farrell’s interests are in curriculum development, clinical skills assessment and program evaluation, and interprofessional faculty development related to teaching and assessment, and organizational leadership.

Dr. Daniel FUNG
Dr Daniel Fung is the President of the Singapore Association for Mental Health and also volunteers with many NGOs on mental health. He is the Chairman Medical Board at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore since Dec 2011.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 medical schools in Singapore. Dr Fung has been involved in over 10 national level funded research grants.

Ms Susana Concordo HARDING
Susana is Director of International Longevity Centre Singapore providing overall direction and leadership of its research and policy advocacy efforts and develops new programmes that support active ageing and enhance older people’s participation in the community.
Susana has 25 years of NGO experience and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of Santo Tomas and a Master in Public Administration from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.
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Professor John GAL
John Gal is full professor and former Dean at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His fields of interest include the policy involvement of social workers, social policy in Israel and in the Mediterranean region. Prof. Gal has published extensively in academic journals on these subjects and has been very much involved in social policy formulation in Israel. Recent books include a book on a policy practice in Israel, written jointly with Idit Weiss-Gal, that was published in July 2011 and Social Workers Affecting Social Policy: An International Perspective on Policy Practice, edited with Idit Weiss-Gal, and published by Policy Press in 2013. He is currently leading a cross-national project on the involvement of social worker academics in the policy process.
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A/Prof Esther C L Goh
Esther C L Goh is an associate professor and the head of Social Work Department of the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include: social work practice research, client-social worker dynamics, bilateral parent-child dynamics, children as agents in low income families, social work education research, research methods expertise: qualitative methodologies, ethnographic methods.
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Dr. Wei-Leong GOH
Dr Wei-Leong Goh, a family physician in Singapore, is the co-founder of  HealthServe, a community development agency serving low wage migrant workers. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Family Medicine department of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. He is active with VWOs and chairs the board of Mercy Teams International.

Nicholas GRAVES
Dr Nicholas Graves is developing Health Services Research in Queensland with nationally competitive grants and by managing the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI). He is motivated by research to improve health services. He has published in good journals like JAMA, BMJ, AIDS, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infections Diseases and Health Economics. He has received $25M in research funding since 2004 mostly from international and national competitive schemes.
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Ms. Lai Peng HO
Principal Medical Social Worker, Communicable Disease Centre,Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Bachelor of Arts from NUS in 1991 and Master of Social Work from Washington University, St Louis, USA, in 2003.
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Petula, Sik Ying HO
Petula, Sik Ying HO is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work & Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. Her main research and teaching interests are in the area of homosexuality, gender and sexuality issues, and her current projects include using documentary films to explore the integration of arts and scholarship. Her books include, Love and Desire in Hong Kong, co-edited with Ka Tat Tsang. It is published in English and Chinese by Hong Kong University Press and China Social Science Press in 2012. She is also author of I am Ho Sik Ying, 55 years old (2013), Everyday Life in the Age of Resistance (2015), Intimacy and Erotic Justice (in press) and co-author of Umbrella Politics Quartet (2015).

Peter Hovmand, PhD, MSW is the founding director of the Brown School’s Social System Design Lab at Washington University in St. Louis. His research and practice focus on participatory group model building methods to understand systems and identify high leverage solutions. His most recent work focuses on health services including applications in Singapore, China, Honduras, and the United States.
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Professor Lynette JOUBERT
Lynette Joubert is a Professor of Social Work in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and holds honorary research appointments at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and NorthWestern Mental Health. Her research focuses mainly on the measurement of social factors ( social markers ) as they contribute to cardiovascular risk and patient reported outcomes in health ( in particular oncology ) and mental health.
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Dr. Kathryn KARBAN
Kate Karban is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Bradford, England. She is a Registered Social Worker and has practised in a variety of mental health social work settings. She has extensive experience of social work and mental health education and training with a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning. Her research interests include social work and health inequalities, mental health and participatory research and evaluation. From 2010-2014 she was Joint Convenor of the Social Work and Health Inequalities Network and together with Julie Fish edited Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives in Social Work, published by Policy Press in 2015
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Dr. David W. KISSANE, MD
David W. Kissane, MD is an academic psychiatrist, psycho-oncology researcher and palliative care physician. He is the Head of Psychiatry at Monash University in Australia, previously the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and, before that, the Foundation Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Melbourne.
A/Prof Gerald KOH
Dr Gerald Koh is currently Associate Professor and Director of Medical Undergraduate Education at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS. He currently teaches geriatric and family medicine and public health to undergraduates and postgraduates. His research interests include problem-based learning, geriatrics education, inter-professional education and student-led service-learning programmes.
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Dr Lalit Krishna is a Senior Consultant at the Division of Palliative Medicine, National Cancer Centre.

Dr Lalit Krishna also holds the appointments of Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is the chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee and the Internal Audit Committee. He has been actively involved in teaching in the region and continues to participate in medical, nursing and allied health education and is presently undertaking a masters in Medical Education.

His research interests includes in decision making at the end of life and personhood.

Dr. Ki-Yeon LEE
Dr Lee Ki-Yeon is a chairman of Korean Association of Mental Health Professionals, and an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy at Sogang University in Korea. Prior to her current position, Dr Lee was a chairman of Korean Association of Mental Health Social Worker (2013-2014). Dr Lee is well known for her commitment to develop community mental health policies and programmes in Korea.

Dr LEE Chien Earn
Dr Lee is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Changi General Hospital, an 1000 bed public acute teaching hospital. He is concurrently Ag Group CEO of the Eastern Health Alliance, the Regional Health System for Eastern Singapore. Prior appointments included leadership positions in the Ministry of Health Singapore.
Dr Lee is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore.
Dr. LIAW Sok Ying
Dr Liaw Sok Ying, is a registered nurse and an Assistant Professor at the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS), National University of Singapore (NUS). She has been involved in a number of educational initiatives at ALCNS, including the development and implementation of simulation-based interprofessional education and virtual interprofessional simulation. She is a member of NUS interprofessional education committee. Together with other members of the committee, she has contributed to the development of innovative strategies known as Interprofessional Core Curriculum (ICC) and Interprofessional Enrichment Activities (IEA) for the delivery of interprofessional learning activities.
Dr. Crystal LIM
A medical social worker with Singapore General Hospital for over 22 years, Dr Crystal Lim holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Bioethics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Washington, Seattle, USA. She has won several awards at institutional and national levels, attesting to her clinical expertise and dedication to patient care.
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Professor Robert NEIMEYER
Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis and is the editor of the international journal, Death Studies. Neimeyer has published 24 books, including Lessons in Loss and The Art of Longing, as well as over 350 articles and chapters, many of which explore grieving as a process of reconstruction of a world of meaning that has been challenged by loss. He has served as past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, which has presented him with both its Research Recognition and Clinical Practice Awards, as well as served as chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement.

Dr Wai Chong NG
Dr Ng Wai Chong is the Chief, Clinical Affairs of Hua Mei Centre for Successful Aging of Tsao Foundation. He is currently a member of MSF-Adult Protection Team and Vice President of Home Health Care Association. He is on the Advance Care Planning Expert Panel of the Agency for Integrated Care and the Medical Advisory Board of Ren Ci Hospital and Nectar Care Services.
Dr. Tomofumi Oka
Tomofumi Oka has studied various self-help groups, including alcoholics and family survivors of suicide, for over thirty years. He obtained his PhD (social work) at Cardiff University by participatory action research with self-help groups for parents of ill children in Japan. He is a professor of social work and the chairperson of the Department of Social Services, Sophia University, Tokyo.
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Ian Percy MSW is a family therapist and accredited Mental Health Social Worker in Perth, Western Australia. Informed by justice-based relational care, his work with Narrative Therapy and mindfulness focuses on the association between somatic and storied lives. Ian’s MSW thesis on spiritualities in counselling and psychotherapy was awarded a Curtin University Chancellor’s Commendation. His current doctoral program involves researching therapeutic mindfulness in Australia and Bhutan.
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Dr. Alicia PON
Dr. Alicia Pon works in a private practice group in Hong Kong providing counseling and psychotherapy to children, adolescents and families. Dr. Pon’s training is in General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Grief Counseling and Social Work. Dr. Pon’s experience and specialization include divorce & separation, grief & loss, complex trauma, adoption & attachment, developmental stresses, and parent-child relationship.
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Professor M RAMESH
M Ramesh is Professor of Social Policy at the Lee Kuan School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, specializing in public policy and governance in Asia. Previously, he served as Chair Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Hong Kong; and Chair of the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Ramesh has authored and edited many books, including Social Policy in East and Southeast Asia, Welfare Capitalism in Southeast Asia, and Studying Public Policy.He has also published extensively in reputed international journals. He is the Editor of Policy and Society and serves on the editorial board of several reputed journals. Moreover, he has served as consultant to prominent international organizations.
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Professor Frederic REAMER
Frederic Reamer is Professor, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College.  His work focuses on mental health, health care, criminal justice, and professional ethics.  His recent books include Risk Management in Social Work; Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; Social Work Values and Ethics; and Heinous Crime. Reamer chaired the task force that wrote the current NASW Code of Ethics.
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Izumi Sakamoto is Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. A former Fulbright Scholar, she received MSW, MS (Social Psychology) and Ph.D. (Social Work & Psychology) from University of Michigan and MA and BA (Social Welfare) from Sophia (Jochi) University, Japan. With several government grants (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) as Principal Investigator, Dr. Sakamoto’s research has focused on anti-oppression and social inclusion of immigrants and adults who have experienced homelessness. In particular, she has examined the issues experienced by (im)migrants and sojourners for the past 15 years, including employment, structural, and psychosocial issues. Interested in the tacit dimension of knowledge and democratization of knowledge, Dr. Sakamoto has expertise in qualitative research, community-based participatory research and arts-based research methods. For example, she has used photography and theatrical techniques to collaboratively create knowledge with research participants with the help of artists, which then led to various knowledge mobilization activities including reader’s theatre performances, art exhibits, and videos. Her research has contributed to a development of human rights policy in Ontario, Canada.
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Dr. Radiah SALIM
Dr Radiah is the Founder and President of Club HEAL, an Institution of a Public Character formed in 2012 to help people with mental illness regain confidence in themselves and others in their journey towards community reintegration. Her past experience as a resident medical officer at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in 2008 and her personal experience as a caregiver inspired her to form Club HEAL. Dr Radiah is a trained family physician who does regular locum work at a polyclinic and at IMH. She regularly contributes articles on mental health issues to the local Malay newspaper.
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Dr. Ian SHAW
Dr Ian Shaw is Professor of Social Work in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, and Emeritus Professor at the University of York. He was a founder-editor of the journal Qualitative Social Work. He led the foundation of the European Social Work Research Association and was first Chair until 2015. His latest publications include Social Work Science (Columbia University Press, 2016) and lead editor for a four volume collection of major papers, Social Work Research (2015. Sage Publications). His current research engagement focuses on:
  • An extended historical study of the relationship of sociology and social work, initially through the Chicago University archives.
  • A historical study of the British Journal of Social Work. Jointly with Hannah Jobling.
  • A study of the nature of research networks in social work.
  • A systematic review of practitioner research in adult social care

Dr Isabel SIM
Dr. Isabel Sim is Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore as well as Director (Projects), Centre for Social Development (Asia).
She served as Singapore Expert for ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard Project in 2013 to 2014.
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Dr. Timothy SIM
Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Director, PolyU-UNISDR DRR Colloboration Programme
Timothy’s main practice and research interest is to develop culturally sensitive family based treatment for Chinese family that is in a constant flux. Since the fateful Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, he has been developing psychosocial practice research projects in post-disaster contexts. Recently, he started focusing on disaster risk reduction using a transdisciplinary perspective.
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Professor Li-yu SONG
Li-yu Song is a professor at the Graduate Institute of Social Work, National Chengchi University in Taiwan. She has been working on issues related to rehabilitation, empowerment, recovery, and treatment models. Over the past twelve years, she has been promoting the applications of Strengths perspective to facilitate clients’ recovery, with special focus on persons with psychiatric disability and victims of partner abuse.
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Mrs Tan Yee Pin
Mrs Tan Yee Pin is the Head of Psychosocial Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS). A medical social worker and clinical psychologist by training, her areas of interest include psychosocial oncology and palliative care. Counting it a privilege to journey with patients and their families, Yee Pin is passionate about nurturing medical social workers and psychologists to bring psychosocial care to greater heights for patients with cancer and their families in the medical and community settings.
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Ms Teoh Zsin Woon
Ms Teoh Zsin Woon is currently Deputy Secretary (Development) in the Ministry of Health, overseeing the Ageing Planning Office, the Manpower Planning & Strategy Division, and the Infrastructure Planning & Policy Division. She graduated from University of Oxford in the United Kingdom in 1995, and started her career in the Civil Service as Senior Assistant Director (Personnel Department), Ministry of Environment.
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Dr. Martin Paul WEBBER
Professor Martin Webber has an Anniversary Chair in Social Work at the University of York, UK. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of social interventions to support the recovery and self-management of people with mental health problems. He is a Registered Social Worker and maintains close connections to practice through leadership of Making Research Count at York, a knowledge exchange initiative with practitioners in the Yorkshire region. He looks forward to welcoming delegates to the 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health to York in 2019.
Coordinator of the Esther network in Sweden, Development leader Qulturum, Region Jönköping, Sweden. Mrs Vackerberg has a master degree in Quality improvement in Health and Social care, and combines her work as a development leader with university faculty. Her motto is: It is not what we think, but what we do that will make the difference! Engage patients to develop better care!

Professor YEOH Eng Kiong
Professor Yeoh is Director of the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Head of Division of Health System, Policy and Management. A current research interest is applying a system framework in enhancing an integrated health and social care delivery model for the elderly population.
Dr Terence YOW
Dr. Terence Yow is the deputy director of AMKFSC Community Services Ltd. and has more than 16 years of experience as a Social Worker in the Family Service and hospital setting. Terence obtained his Master and Ph.D in Social Work from the National University of Singapore. He also did an advanced training in Family Therapy at the University of Calgary, Canada.
Terence had been lecturing since 2008 in the Social Work undergraduate and post-graduate programs at uniSIM and NUS. He had presented in several local and international conferences. He also conducts training in mental health related courses at SSI.
Terence is passionate about championing a more inclusive environment for persons with mental health issues in the community.
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    Singapore Association of Social Workers
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    Department of Social Work,
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  • CGH

    Changi General Hospital

  • IMH

    Institute of Mental Health

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    KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

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    National Cancer Centre Singapore

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    National Heart Centre Singapore

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    National University Hospital

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    Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

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    Tan Tock Seng Hospital