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1st Asia Pacific Social Prescribing Conference

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Registration & Breakfast


Arrival of Guest-of-Honour


'Stronger Together' by SportSG


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 | Social Determinants of Health and Social Prescribing
Sir Michael Marmot
Professor of Epidemiology, Public Health, University College London 


Keynote 2 | Social Prescribing and Person-Centred Healthcare
Mr James Sanderson
Director of Community Health and Personalised Care, NHS England 
Special Advisor, National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP)


Keynote 3 | Social Prescribing in the Asia Pacific Region: Empowering Communities to Support Healthy Ageing
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


Prof Lee Chien Earn, Deputy Group CEO (Regional Health System), SingHealth
Mr James Sanderson, Special Advisor to the National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP),
Director of Community Health and Personalised Care, NHS England 

Moderator A/Prof Lee Kheng Hock, Deputy CEO (Education and Community Partnerships), 
SingHealth Community Hospitals 

Breakout Sessions

​1 | Social Prescribing as an Innovative Care Model

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

​1. Social Prescribing in a Hospital Setting - the Local Asset Mapping Project (LAMP)
Prof David Robinson, Consultant Geriatrician, St James's Hospital, Ireland & Clinical Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

2. Implementing Social Prescribing in Cambodia 
Dr Kao Sovandara and Dr Khann Sareth, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia

3. Establishing Partnerships with Community – A Malaysian Perspective
Prof Tan Maw Pin, Consultant Geriatrician, Department of Medicine, University of Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia

4. The Australian Experience in Social Prescribing
Ms Siân Slade, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, 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

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

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

2. Patient Engagement at the End-of-Life
Dr Chong Poh Heng, Medical Director, HCA Hospice Limited 

3. Integrating Social Prescribing into Community Care Programmes
Ms Long Chey May, Director, Professional Practice Development, Office Of The Director-General Of Social Welfare (ODGSW), Ministry of Social and Family Development

4. Implementing Social Prescribing in SingHealth – Inpatient and Outpatient Settings
A/Prof Lee Kheng Hock, Deputy CEO (Education and Community Partnership), SingHealth Community Hospitals
Dr Yusrina Bte Yusoff, Associate Consultant, SingHealth Polyclinics

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

Moderator | 
Dr Caroline Lim
Head, Organisation & Leadership for Social Change Programme, S R Nathan School of Human Development, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

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. Rethinking Workforce Models to Ensure Equity, Quality and Sustainability for Addressing Unmet Social Needs
Prof Janet Bettger, Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Temple University College of Public Health 

5. What is the Impact of Link Workers or Wellbeing Coordinators on Healthcare (Within an Integrated Care System in the UK)
Dr Felix Gradinger, Researcher-in-Residence (Integrated Care), Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research, University of Plymouth, UK

Moderator | Dr Sebastien Libert
Consultant, Healthy Ageing Unit, World Health Organisation, Western Pacific Regional Office


Keynote 5 | Using Technology to Improve Population Health
Dr Von Nguyen
Clinical Lead, Public and Population Health, Google 


​Keynote 6 | Social Prescribing Advocacy Across Stakeholders
Asst. Prof Kate Mulligan
Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto


Closing Plenary | Change Management for Social Prescribing
Ms Margaret Lee
CEO, SingHealth Community Hospitals,
Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer (Regional Health System and Strategic Finance), SingHealth


*Above programme outline is subjected to updates.