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1st Asia Pacific Social Prescribing Conference


Welcome Address

Prof Lee Chien Earn
Deputy Group CEO (Regional Health System), SingHealth


Opening Speech

Minister Desmond Lee
Minister for National Development & Minister-in-Charge of Social Services Integration  


Official Launch of SingHealth Community Hospitals Office of Learning (SCHOOL)


Keynote 1: Optimising Social Determinants of Health through Social Prescribing

Sir Michael Marmot, FBA, FMedSci, FRCP
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London 


Keynote 2: Social Prescribing and Person-Centred Healthcare

Mr James Sanderson
Director of Personalised Care, NHS England and Improvement 


Keynote 3: Social Prescribing in the Asia Pacific Region

Dr Hiro Okayasu
Director Division of Healthy Populations and Environments, Western Pacific Region Office, World Health Organisation


​Keynote 4: Population Health in Singapore – A Sharper Focus through Healthier SG

Prof Lee Chien Earn
Deputy Group CEO, Regional Health System, SingHealth

Breakout Sessions

​1. Social Prescribing as an Innovative Care Model

​2. Beyond Prescriptions – 
Health and Social Integration
​3. Competency Building and Workforce Optimisation

​Invited Speakers

1. The Positive Effect of Creative Programmes on Wellbeing in Older People
Professor David Robinson, MA, MSc, MD, FRCPI, Consultant Geriatrician, Ireland

2. Implementing Social Prescribing in Cambodia 
Prof Naoki Kondo, MD, PhD, Social Epidemiology, Kyoto University, Japan

3. Establishing Partnerships with Community – A Malaysian Perspective
Prof Tan Maw Pin, University of Malaya, Malaysia

4. The Australian Experience in Social Prescribing 
Ms Sian Slade,  Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Australia

5. Sustainability of Social Prescribing in Japan
Prof Naoki Kondo, MD, PhD, Social Epidemiology, Kyoto University, Japan

6. Social Prescribing in Healthier SG – the SingHealth Regional Health System Approach
Dr Michael Wong, Group Director, Regional Health System, SingHealth, Singapore

Panel Moderator:

Ms April Lee, Acting Head, Healthy Ageing, World Health Organisation, Western Pacific Region 

Invited Speakers

1. Patient Engagement for End-of-Life Patients
Dr Chong Poh Heng, Medical Director, HCA 

2. Ageing Well in the Community
Ms Rebecca Choy, Founder & Chair, Golden Age Foundation, Hong Kong  

3. Integrating Social Prescribing into Community Care Programmes
Ms Long Chey May

4. Implementing Social Prescribing in SingHealth – Inpatient and Outpatient Settings
A/Prof Lee Kheng Hock, SingHealth Community Hospitals
Dr Yusrina bte Yusoff, SingHealth Polyclinics

5. Challenges in Adapting Social Prescribing for Community Partners
Dr Wong Loong Mun, Chief, Care Integration and Operations, Agency for Integrated Care   

Panel Moderator:

Dr Caroline Lim, SUSS, Head, Organisation & Leadership for Social Change Programme, S R Nathan School of Human Development, SUSS

​Invited Speakers

1. Building Competencies in the Intermediate and Long Term Care Sector through Adult Learning Principles
Dr Justina Tan, Director, Learning & Professional Development, Institute for Adult Learning

2. Advocacy of Social Prescribing in Medical Students
Duke NUS – Student Interest Group on Social Prescribing 

3. Our Learning Journey in Community Asset Mapping
Adult Learners from SCHOOL

4. Developing a Workforce for Social Prescribing
Prof Janet Bettger, Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Temple University College of Public Health 

Panel moderator:

Dr Sebastien Libert, Lead, Social Prescribing, World Health Organisation, Western Pacific Region 


Keynote 5: Using Technology to Improve Population Health

Dr Von Ngyuen
Clinical Lead, Public and Population Health, Google 


​Keynote 6: Social Prescribing for Population Health

Asst Prof Kate Mulligan
University of Toronto 


Closing Plenary: Change Management for Social Prescribing

Ms. Margaret Lee
CEO, SingHealth Community Hospitals and Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer, Regional Health System and Strategic Finance, SingHealth


*Above programme outline is subjected to updates.