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Our Care Team

Supportive & Palliative Care Centre - SingHealth Duke-NUS

Our Clinical Services

Working in inter-professional clinical care teams consisting of doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, medical social workers and other allied health professionals, we provide different aspects of specialist palliative care in inpatient, outpatient and community settings, including:

  • Prevention and management of pain and other symptoms (e.g. shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, etc.) related to serious illness and its treatments
  • Patient and family/caregiver education
  • Emotional, psychological, and spiritual support
  • Practical and social support
  • Care and discharge planning
  • End-of-life and bereavement care 

Our objectives are to:

  • Increase access to supportive and palliative care services,
  • Improve and smoothen transition of care between care settings
  • Improve the quality of supportive and palliative care provision


SDSPCC Research aims to train more healthcare professionals in research, encourage cross-institution collaboration, embrace innovation and experiment with new models of care to meet the challenges in providing supportive and palliative care for the future.

Our objectives are to: 

  • Build research skills among palliative care clinicians,
  • Increase research collaboration between SingHealth organisations and with Lien Centre for Palliative Care (LCPC) to keep research projects clinical relevant and scientifically rigorous,
  • Strengthen the research evidence for the development, evaluation and implementation of novel models of palliative care service delivery by expanding the portfolio of research projects in supportive and palliative care and increasing dissemination of research work, and
  • Establish a Supportive and Palliative Care Registry for benchmarking, quality improvement and real world research.


  1. Teo, I., Y. P. Tan, E. A. Finkelstein, G. M. Yang, F. T. Pan, H. Y. F. Lew, E. K. W. Tan, S. Y. K. Ong, and Y. B. Cheung. 2020. 'The Feasibility and Acceptability of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Based Intervention for Patients With Advanced Colorectal Cancer', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 60: 1200-07

  2. Teo, I., D. Baid, S. Ozdemir, C. Malhotra, R. Singh, R. Harding, R. Malhotra, M. G. Yang, S. H. Neo, Y. B. Cheung, P. S. H. Neo, R. Kanesvaran, N. B. Kumarakulasinghe, L. H. Lee, G. C. H. Koh, E. A. Finkelstein, and Compass study group. 2020. 'Family caregivers of advanced cancer patients: self-perceived competency and meaning-making', BMJ Support Palliat Care, 10: 435-42.

  3. Ng, C. Z., Y. B. Cheung, A. R. X. Koh, H. R. Teo, N. K. M. Mok, and G. M. Yang. 2020. 'Palliative care pain control: inpatient consultation versus corounding models compared', BMJ Support Palliat Care: bmjspcare-2020-002540.

  4. Ng CH, Ong ZH, JWH Koh, RZE Ang, LH Shuen, Tay KT, Chin AMC, Toh YP, Zhou JXL, L Krishna. Enhancing interprofessional communications training in internal medicine. Lessons drawn from a systematic scoping review from 2000 to 2018. Journal of continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2020 Winter; 40(1): 27-35. doi: 10. 1097/CEH.0000000000000278.

  5. Cheung, Y. B., I. Teo, W. S. Lim, A. Hum, S. H. S. Neo, G. M. Yang, G. L. Lee, G. Tan, and D. C. C. Seow. 2020. 'Development and evaluation of the Singapore Caregiver Quality of Life Scale - Dementia', J Patient Rep Outcomes, 4: 84.

  6. Neo SH, Ku JSM, Wong GCS, Tan BC, Tan EYW, Tan JYT, Kerk KL, Sim DKL, Sivathasan C, Yoon S. Life Beyond Heart Failure-What Are the Long-Term Challenges, Supportive Care Needs, and Views Toward Supportive Care of Multiethnic Asian Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Device and Their Caregivers? J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Sep;60(3):577-587.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.03.022

  7. Chiang J, Yang VJ, Han S, Zhuang Q, Ooi G, Sin IH, Chua GWY, Tan SY, Chia CS, Tan VK, Neo PSH, Kwek JW, Yap SP, Kanesvaran R, Lim ST, Hwang WYK, Tham CK. Minimizing transmission of COVID-19 while delivering optimal cancer care in a National Cancer Centre. J Cancer Policy. 2020 Sep; 25: 100241. doi: 10.1016/j.jcpo.2020.100241

  8. Chan JJ, Sim Y, Ow SGW, Lim JSJ, Kusumawidjaja G, Zhuang Q, Wong RX, Wong FY, Tan VKM, Tan TJY. The impact of COVID-19 on and recommendations for breast cancer care: the Singapore experience. Endocrine-Related Cancer. 2020 Sep; 27(9):R307-R327. doi: 10.1530/ERC-20-0157

  9. Chaudakshetrin P, Cardosa MS, Goh CR, Javier FO, Musba AMT, Prateepavanich P, Que JC, Tanra AH, Vijayan R, Yeo ASN. Establishment of multidisciplinary pain management clinics and training programs in the developing world: experiences from Southeast Asia. Pain. 2020;161:S87-S94. doi:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001871

  10. Anantham D, Chai-Lim C, Zhou J, Phua GC. Operationalization of critical care triage during a pandemic surge using protocolized communication and integrated supportive care. Journal of Intensive Care (2020)8:59

  11. Malhotra C, Harding R, Teo I, Ozdemir S, Koh GCH, Neo PSH, Lee LH, Kanesvaran R, Finkelstein E. Financial difficulties are associated with greater total pain and suffering among patients with advanced cancer: results from the COMPASS study. Support Care Cancer. 2020;28(8):3781-3789. doi:10.1007/s00520-019-05208-y

  12. Chua GP, Pang GSY, Yee ACP, Neo PSH, Zhou S, Lim C, Wong YY, Qu DL, Pan FT, Yang GM. Supporting the patients with advanced cancer and their family caregivers: what are their palliative care needs? BMC Cancer. 2020;20:768.

  13. Ong EK. The Impact of Sociocultural Influences on the COVID-19 Measures—Reflections From Singapore. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Aug; 60(2):e90-e92. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.04.022.

  14. Kow CS, Teo YH, Teo YN, et al., L Krishna. A systematic scoping review of ethical issues in mentoring in medical schools. BMC Med Educ 2020 Jul 31; 20(1):246.

  15. Yoon NYS, Ong YT, Yap HW, et al., L Krishna. Evaluating assessment tools of the quality of clinical ethics consultations: a systematic scoping review from 1992 to 2019. BMC Med Ethics. 2020 Jul 1;21 (1):51. doi: 10.1186/s12910-020-00492-4

  16. Ho S, Tan YY, Neo SHS, Zhuang Q, Chiam M, Zhou JX, Woong NL, Lee G, Krishna L. COVID-19 — A Review of the Impact it has made on Supportive and Palliative Care Services Within a Tertiary Hospital and Cancer Centre in Singapore. Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. 2020;49(7):489-495.

  17. Mon Sw, Ozdemir S, Myint Zu WW, Win H, Maw MM, Win KC, Thant KZ, Teo I, Krishnan A, Goh CR, Finkelstein EA, Malhotra C. End of life experiences of patients with advanced cancer in Myanmar: results from the APPROACH study. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2020 Jun 23.

  18. Compton, S., Sarraf‐Yazdi, S., Rustandy, F. and Kumar Radha Krishna, L. Medical students’ preference for returning to the clinical setting during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Med Educ. 2020 Jun 10; 10.1111/medu.14268. doi 10.1111/medu.14268.

  19. Ke Y, Tan CJ, Ng T, Tan IMJ, Goh WL, Poon E, Farid M, Neo PSH, Srilatha B, Chan A. Optimising survivorship care services for Asian adolescent and young adult cancer survivors: a qualitative study. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2020;9(3):384-393. doi:10.1089/jayao.2019.0145

  20. Krishna L, Tay KT, Yap HW, Koh ZYK, Ng YX, Ong YT, Shivananda S, Compton S, Mason S, Kanesvaran R, Toh YP. Combined Novice, Near-Peer, E-Mentoring Palliative Medicine Program: A Mixed Method Study in Singapore. PLoS One 2020 Jun 5;15(6):e0234322.

  21. Krishna L, Neo HY, Chia EWY, Tay KT, Chan N, Neo PSH, Goh C, Peh TY, Chiam M, Low JAYH. The role of palliative medicine in ICU bed allocation in COVID-19: a joint position statement of the Singapore Hospice Council and the Chapter of Palliative Medicine Physician. Asian Bioeth Rev. 2020 Jun 1 : 1 7. doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00128-0

  22. Ong EK, Lim CH, Wong AJTY. The Role of Social Media during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2020 Jun; 49(6):408-410.

  23. Cheung YB, Neo SHS, Yang GM, Lee GL, Teo I, Koh ARX, Thumboo J, Wee HL. Two valid and reliable short forms of the Singapore Caregiver Quality of Life Scale were developed: SCQOLS-10 and SCQOLS-15. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020 May;121:101-8.

  24. Cheong CWS, EWS Chia, et al., Krishna LKRK. A systematic scoping review of ethical issues in mentoring in internal medicine, family medicine and academic medicine. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2020 May;25(2):415-439. Doi:

  25. SYL Lim, EYH Loh, BJX Tan, Toh YP, S Mason, Krishna LKRK. Enhancing geriatric oncology training through a combination of novice mentoring and peer and near-peer mentoring: A thematic analysis of mentoring in medicine between 2000 and 2017. J Geriatr Oncol. 2020 May;11(4):566-575. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2019.09.008.

  26. Ng YX, Koh ZYX, Yap HW, Tay KT, Tan XH, Ong YT, Tan LHE, Chin AMC, Toh YP, Shivananda S, Compton S, Mason S, Kanesvaran R, Krishna L. Assessing mentoring: A scoping review of mentoring assessment tools in internal medicine between 1990 and 2019. PLoS One.2020 May 8; 15(5):e0232511. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0232511. eCollection 2020.

  27. Cheung YB, Neo SHS, Yang GM, Teo I, Lee GL, Qu DLM, Koh ARX, Thumboo J, Wee HL. Reference values for and interpretation of the Singapore Caregiver Quality of Life Scale: a quantile regression approach. J Patient Rep Outcomes. 2020 May 6;4(1):34. doi: 10.1186/s41687-020-00201-0

  28. Zhuang Q, Lau ZY, Ong WS, Yang GM, Tan KB, Ong MEH, Wong TH. Sociodemographic and clinical factors for non-hospital deaths among cancer patients: A nationwide population-based cohort study. PLoS One 2020 Apr 23;15(4): e0232219.

  29. Tan CJ, Ke Y, Ng T, Tan IMJ, Goh WL, Poon E, Farid M, Neo PSH, Srilatha B, Chan A. Work- and insurance-related issues among Asian adolescent and young-adult cancer survivors: a qualitative study. Support Care Cancer. 2020. doi:10.1007/s00520-020-05430-z

  30. Koh MYH, Hum AYM, Khoo HS, Ho AHY, Chong PH, Ong WY, Ong J, Neo PSH, Yong WC. Burnout and resilience after a decade in palliative care: what survivors have to teach us. A qualitative study of palliative care clinicians with more than 10 years of experience. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020;59(1):105-115.


SDSPCC Education aims to coordinate and develop supportive and palliative care education and training for specialist palliative care and generalist healthcare providers, through close collaboration with Lien Centre for Palliative Care and Singapore Hospice Council.

The objectives of SDSPCC Education include:

  • Coordinating and planning of specialist palliative care training, including interdisciplinary team education, Advanced Specialist Training teaching and medical school curricula,
  • Establishing training and competency frameworks for specialist palliative care nurses and medical social workers,
  • Developing and implementing: 
    1. Supportive and palliative care training programmes for generalist palliative care for doctors, nurses, medical social workers and allied health staff in collaboration with LCPC,
    2. Serious illness communication skills training for healthcare professionals in collaboration with LCPC, as well as
    3. Grief and bereavement training programmes in collaboration with community partners.

Community Partnership

In partnership with Singapore Hospice Council and other service providers in the community, we aim to promote awareness on Supportive and Palliative care.

Our objectives are to:

  • Work with Singapore Hospice Council in promoting public awareness and education resources for caregivers
  • Work in partnership with community service providers to extend public education outreach


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Registrars Resident Physicians
Nurses Allied Health
  1. Dr Ong King Jane (Registrar)
  2. Dr Michelle Lim Yin Yin (Principal Staff Registrar)
  3. Dr Khor Chong Chneah (Senior Staff Registrar)
  4. Dr Sharon Harvinder Kaur (Registrar)
  5. Dr Sumayyah Omar Bintalib (Senior Staff Registrar)
  1. Dr Jan Chng Xue Ren (Resident Physician)
  2. Dr Ryan Lester Rabe Abool (Resident Physician)
  3. Dr Germaine Toh Shuet Yin (Resident Physician)
  4. Dr Wynn Yi Yi (Principal Resident Physician)
  5. Dr Lee Sze Yi (Resident Physician)
  6. Dr Sushma Shivananda (Resident Physician)
  7. Dr Toy Wei Quan (Resident Physician)
  8. Dr Sara Loh (Resident Physician)
  9. Dr Edmund Chan (Resident Physician)
  10. Dr Mohamad Hashir Bin Abdul Malik (Resident Physician)
  1. Wong Yoke Ping (Prog. Director, Nursing, SDSPCC; NC)
  2. Rasidah B Alias (ANC)
  3. Wang Liyun (ANC)
  4. Goh Hwee Jin (SSN)
  5. Sie Long Zhen (SSN)
  6. Noor Aisah Bee Bte Abd Rashid (NC)
  7. Lilis Irwani Bte Mohamad Yusri (ANC)
  8. Dr Huang Fang (APN)
  9. Julia Eng (APN)
  10. Priscilla Chua (APN)
  11. Wei Na (APN)
  12. Li Ya Jie (APN Trainee)
  13. Liu Jing (SSN)
  14. Tay Beng Choo (SNC)
  15. Stella Goh (SNC/APN)
  16. Xu Zhi Zhen (SNC/APN)
  17. Zhu Xia (NC/APN)
  18. Nuraishah Bte Zulkifle (NC/APN)
  19. Neela Natesan (NC)
  20. Tan Yung Ying (NC)
  21. Liao Kehua (ANC/APN)
  22. Ng Xin Hui (ANC)
  23. Gillian Wee Hwei Li (APN, NHCS CTS)
  24. Lee Chen Na (NC/APN)
  25. Aw Fung Chee (NC/APN)
  26. Felicia Chua Wan Ling (SSN/RN)
  27. Gan Peiying (NC/APN)
  28. Athiyah binte Mohd Khajah @Alynna Chua (SSN)
  29. Chia Kay Ti (SSN)
  30. Zhao Ruihong (SNM)
  31. Helen Molina bautista (NC)
  32. Mani Manjith (SSN)
  33. Irene Balaino Baguilat (SSN)
  34. Kasinah Binte Kasan (SSN)
  35. Briton Charmaine Ann Mimay (SN)
  36. Magaway Ma. Hacel Kriztine Ancheta (SN)
  37. Ulibas Apple Grace Oandasan (SN)
  38. Liang Jo Huei (SN)
  39. Naw Aye Kyawt Khine (SN)
  40. Forones Myra Macagba (SN)
  41. Del Olmo Lara may Perez (SN)
  42. Obien katherine Anne Monterey (SN)
  43. Sundar Maheswari (SN)
  44. Marie Joyce Martin (SN)
  45. Frenkelin Anak Tinggi (SN)
  46. Janice Panelo Guianan (SN)
  47. Mar Mar Oo (SN)
  48. Ravago Abigael Dizon (SN)
  49. Thu Thu Win Myint (EN)
  50. Ariente Febe Joy Tobias (EN)
  51. Leyva Ma Maricar Policena (EN)
  52. Sumathi D/O Arunasalam Sokalingam (EN)
  53. Argana John Riel Encarnacion (EN)
  54. Yeo Jennifer (EN)
  55. Thuruthil Peedikayi Kuriakose Tiju (EN)
  56. Masipag Marianne Abratique (EN)
  57. Flores Crystal mae Infante (EN)
  58. Ballesteros Minerva martinez (PCA)
  59. Itol Charles Ian Neil Lopez (PCA)
  60. sajorne Shella mae Bilbao (PCA)
  61. Mai Hnin Pwint Kyaw (PCA)
  62. Christine garcia Alcazarin (SPCA)
  63. Naw Kel Yi (PCA)
  64. Murzo Kristal Mae Piala (HCA)
  65. Myo Myo Tun (HCA)
  66. Aung Thu Swe (HCA)
  67. Nagavali D/O Letchumanan (NC)
  68. Wan Nursharazilla Binte Abdul Rahman (SSN)
  69. Esteban Maria Eliza Ramirez (SSN)
  70. Theviya Parama Sewai (SSN)
  71. Ople Mary Jade Joy Relatado (SN)
  72. Cruz Julyn Talplacido (SN)
  73. Roxas May Anne (SN)
  74. Carino Katrina Marie Lapuz (SN)
  75. De Guzman Marivic Bulawit (SN)
  76. Reynon Karen Anne Lee (SN)
  77. Zacarias Prince Marvin Jovellanos (SN)
  78. San Jose Alexandria De Castro (SN)
  79. Alfonso Elaine Pineda (SN)
  80. Camerino Lady Faye Torres (SN)
  81. Siti Noraskin Binti Azman (SN)
  82. De Castro Rochelle Dela Cruz (SN)
  83. Nurul Afida Binti Sudin (SN)
  84. Quiatchon Aiza Pigar (SN)
  85. Chandran Karunya (SN)
  86. Gob Don Absulio (SN)
  87. Evey Darius (SN)
  88. Thaung Thaung Nge (SN)
  89. Michelle Villanueva Bayas (SN)
  90. Sheila Mae Ledesma Preciado (SN)
  91. Siti Nurhalijah Binte Mohd Foaad (Senior EN)
  92. Ladao Jiannille (EN)
  93. Dalida Allysa Camille Capunihan (EN)
  94. Hernandez Darlene Montesclaros (EN)
  95. Nolido April Joy Barredo (EN)
  96. Manaois Carissa Borlongan (EN)
  97. Escuadro Kalvin Jun Rivera (EN)
  98. Maslinda Binte Hasim Pawiro (Senior PCA)
  99. Calivoso Sheryl Solsoloy (PCA)
  100. Castro Aiza Buhian (PCA)
  101. Allas Marvin Canlas (PCA)
  102. Mu Mu Thein (PCA)
  103. Delos Reyes Kristine Kaye Conde (HCA)
  104. Casquejo Realina Lumbab (HCA)
  105. Sanado Jezah Ramayani Saysay (HCA)
  106. Saw Eh Kalai Doh (HCA)
  107. Thida Myint (HCA)
  108. Lim Ah Heng (Patient Care Ambassador)
  1. Teo Mavis (Head MSW)
  2. Zhou Gwen (MSW)
  3. Ms Ang Lee Beng (MSW)
  4. Dr Ling Xu Yi (Co-Director, Research, SDSPCC; Senior Clinical Pharmacist)
  5. Phebe Si (Principal Clinical Pharmacist)
  6. Tan Yee Pin (HOD, Psychosocial Oncology)
  7. Dr Gilbert Fan Kam Tong (Master MSW)
  8. Saryna Ong Sok Hoon (Master MSW)
  9. Jacinta Phoon Mui Leng (Principal MSW)
  10. Jamie Woon Wan Siang (Principal MSW)
  11. Loh Kok Wah Travis (Principal MSW)
  12. Ranitha d/o Govindasamy (Senior MSW)
  13. Candace Ong Choon Yee (Senior MSW)
  14. Eunice Lee Lai Mei (Senior MSW)
  15. Leticia Lee Li Wah (Senior MSW)
  16. Leona Oh Boon-Sze (Senior MSW)
  17. Emily Goh Xiu Qi (MSW)
  18. Dorothy Tan Lay Ling (MSW)
  19. Gerard Ong Eng Chuan (MSW)
  20. Sabrina Yeo Jia Hui (MSW)
  21. Jerlyne Neo Jia En (MSW)
  22. Yong Chin Ping (MSW)
  23. Lyn Ng Bao Lin (MSW)
  24. Amber Lim Yann Yu (Psychologist)
  25. Brandon Goh Huat Heng (Senior MSW, Manager (Patient Support)
  26. Janice Soon May Ping (Locum MSW)
  27. Jasmine Ku Si Mun (MSW)
  28. Jan Koh Hwei Li (Senior MSW)
  29. Andy Sim (Co-Director, Education, SDSPCC; Principal MSW)
  30. Tan Lee Ling (Senior MSW)
  31. Mavis Law (MSW)
  32. Magdalene Fong (MSW)
  33. Dr Shim Yuan Tying (Principal Clinical Pharmacist)
  34. Dr Cheryl Tan Ying Ling (Pharmacist)
  35. Dr Lim Rou Wei (Senior Clinical Pharmacist)
  36. Dr Tsang Wing Yee (Senior Clinical Pharmacist)
  37. Genevieve Suseno Subur (Pharmacist)
  38. Vivian Wong Shi Yin (Senior Clinical Pharmacist)
  39. Low Siau Hui (Pharmacist)
  40. Dr Ang Xiu Yun (Senior Clinical Pharmacist)
  41. Sandy Koh Mui Ching (Principal MSW)
  42. Edreon Goei Wen Yang (MSW)
  43. Christina Goh Wee Kheng (MSW)
  44. Rajesh Jaya (Senior MSW)
  45. Hozaidah Binte Hosain (Manager, Rehabilitation Service)
  46. Bryan See (Occupational Therapist)
  47. Fannie Chua (Senior Physiotherapist)
  48. Ng Keat Hwee (Physiotherapist)
  49. Charissa Ee (Senior Pharmacist)
  50. Lim Chee Yuen (Senior Pharmacist)
  51. Ng Xue Ying Tricia (Senior Occupational Therapist)
  52. Stephanie Ng Wei Ting (Occupational Therapist)
  53. Ku Yu Jia (Physiotherapist)
  54. Kao Chieh -Yu (Physiotherapist)
  55. Leong Yoke Sim (Senior Therapy Assistant)
  56. Siti Fatimahtaz Zaharah Binte Ismail (Therapy Assistant)
  57. Luke Low Zhi Wei (Therapy Assistant)
  58. Chia Pei Lin Cindy (Therapy Assistant)
  59. Sarah Lee Qian Song (Speech Therapist)

APN = Advanced Practising Nurse
SNM = Senior Nurse Manager
SNC = Senior Nurse Clinician
NC = Nurse Clinician
ANC = Assistant Nurse Clinician
SSN = Senior Staff Nurse
SN = Staff Nurse
EN = Enrolled Nurse
PCA = Patient Care Assistant
HCA = Health Care Assistant