Congress
Congress

Track Programme

Preventive Medicine

Synopsis

This track focuses on preventive medicine at the population level. The first session will focus on national efforts to improve health behaviours in the community – looking at risk factor assessment, the science of programme implementation, and how we may sustain healthy practices. The second session looks at how we can preserve health and physical functioning in the elderly. A common thread that runs through both sessions is the recognition that successful preventive medicine requires a multidisciplinary approach that taps on the expertise and experience of a wide variety of professionals.

This session looks at national efforts to assess preventable health risk factors at the population level, and programmes aimed at changing risk behaviours.

Session 1 : Prevention Health for All

Chairperson :
Dr Angela Chow , Head & Senior ConsultantDepartment of Clinical Epidemiology, Office of Clinical Epidemiology, Analytics, and knowledge (OCEAN)Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Dr Lim Wei-Yen , ConsultantClinical EpidemiologyTan Tock Seng Hospital
Track Champion :
Dr Angela Chow , Head & Senior ConsultantDepartment of Clinical Epidemiology, Office of Clinical Epidemiology, Analytics, and knowledge (OCEAN)Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Dr Lim Wei-Yen , ConsultantClinical EpidemiologyTan Tock Seng Hospital

Topic 1 : Surveillance of the Health of Populations: The National Health Surveillance System (NHSS)

Topic 2 : Programme Development and Scale-Up of a National-Level Preventive Health Programme: The National Steps Challenge

Topic 3 : How to Ensure Sustainable Behaviour Change: What Behavioural Economics Teaches Us

The rapid ageing of Singapore is well-recognised. In this session, we focus on preventive health for seniors, looking at efforts to improve social support, shape the urban environment, and protect the physical health of our seniors.

Session 2 : Preventive Health for Seniors

Chairperson :
Dr Angela Chow , Head & Senior ConsultantDepartment of Clinical Epidemiology, Office of Clinical Epidemiology, Analytics, and knowledge (OCEAN)Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Dr Lim Wei-Yen , ConsultantClinical EpidemiologyTan Tock Seng Hospital
Track Champion :
Dr Angela Chow , Head & Senior ConsultantDepartment of Clinical Epidemiology, Office of Clinical Epidemiology, Analytics, and knowledge (OCEAN)Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Dr Lim Wei-Yen , ConsultantClinical EpidemiologyTan Tock Seng Hospital

Topic 1 : Community Network for Seniors

Speaker :
Dr Wong Loong Mun , Principal Consultant, Agency for Integrated Care Chief, Care Transition Division
  • The Community Networks for Seniors (CNS) puts together three main building blocks: (a) Preventive healthcare in the form of “Active Ageing” to keep well seniors active; (b) Supportive care in the form of “Befriending” to pair lonely seniors with a friend in the community and (c) Proactive interventions in the form of “Care and Support” to help those in need of care promptly.
  • The model illustrates an inter-ministerial, public-private and people collaboration to bring together social sector and volunteers.
  • It operates by TOUCHING (reach out systematically to all seniors 65 years and above Silver Generation Ambassadors) and HOLDING (keep in regular contact) the senior while having the NGOs and private players in health and social sectors to HELPING the seniors in need.

Topic 2 : Designing Ageing-Friendly Urban Environment

Speaker :
Dr Belinda Yuen , Research Director Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Connection between neighbourhood built environment and older person’s health
  • Implications for designing ageing-friendly neighbourhoods
  • Some examples from around the world

Topic 3 : Protecting Our Elderly Population Against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Speaker :
Dr Hanley Ho , Consultant Clinical Epidemiology Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Seniors are vulnerable to the threat of vaccine-preventable diseases such influenza and pneumococcal disease.
  • Vaccinations are currently an under-utilised resource among seniors, with very low uptake rates.
  • This presentation highlights key challenges with increasing vaccination uptake and solutions to address existing issues

Comprehensive Chronic Pain Management

Synopsis

Chronic pain is a major challenge for clinicians as well as for the Individuals who suffer from it. Multidisciplinary (or interdisciplinary) pain management embraces a combination of medical, physical and psychological therapies and is the most effective way to improve function and mood, and reduce disability. It is also known as a bio-psycho-social approach because it aims to address all the factors that influence the pain experience.

Multidisciplinary pain management involves a team of health professionals who will comprehensively assess the condition and help patient to achieve goals. The aim of this symposium is to provide overview and create awareness about various treatment options for managing chronic pain. This include medications and opioids are one tool for managing chronic pain but carry significant risk when misused. Improving the way opioids are prescribed can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of patients who misuse, abuse or overdose from it. Interventional techniques involve injections into or around pain generators like peripheral nerves, major joints or various levels of spine. Psychological treatments like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) helps patient to address patterns of thinking and behavior. Physical therapy guided by physiotherapist or occupational therapist promote active self-management strategies to increase individual’s ability to work and function, perform household duties and simply enjoy life.

Session 1 : Comprehensive Chronic Pain Management

Chairperson :
Dr Ashutosh Joshi , Associate ConsultantAnaesthesiaKhoo Teck Puat Hospital

Topic 1 : Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and the Opioid Epidemic

Speaker :
Dr Alex Yeo Sow Nam , Director The Pain Specialist Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
  • Rising incidence of opiod recared ?/ complication
  • How to select the right patient, right medications
  • Surveillance and monitoring and multidisciplinary assessments

Topic 2 : Exercise as Medicine for Individuals with Chronic Pain

Speaker :
Ms Ivy Ho Wei Fang , Senior Physiotherapist Pain Management Clinic Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • A brief overview of the system responsible for nociceptive signal transmission
  • Understand the benefits and hypoalgesic physiological effects of exercise
  • To provide guidelines to tailoring exercise programs for individuals with chronic pain

Topic 3 : Is Pain all in the Mind? – The Utility of Psychological Assessment and Treatments of Non-Cancer Pain

Speaker :
Dr Yang Su-Yin , Principal Psychologist Psychological Services Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Pain often impacts our emotional and mental well-being beyond the physical.
  • Pain is subjective yet very real to the person suffering from it. The ability to validate patient’s reports of pain and suffering is pertinent for any successful treatment.
  • Psychological treatments does not just involve “talking therapy”.

Topic 4 : Interventional Treatments for Common Pain Conditions 

Speaker :
Dr Ashutosh Joshi , Associate Consultant Anaesthesia Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Interventions for pain arising from peripheral nerves
  • Interventions for pain arising from major joints
  • Interventions for pain arising from neuraxial structures

Mental Health

Synopsis

This year, the Mental Health track looks at how we can better support healthcare professionals NOW as we move ahead, in a concerted effort, to fulfill the vision of “Adding years of healthy life” in the FUTURE.

Session 1 : You Never Walk Alone: Resilience and Burnout in Healthcare Professionals

Session 2 : You Never Walk Alone: The Experiences of Peer Support Specialist in Healthcare

Session 3 : Future of Mental Health Beyond 2020: Where are We Heading?

Chairperson :
Dr Habeebul Rahman , Head / Senior ConsultantPsychological MedicineTan Tock Seng Hospital

Topic 1 : Integrating Mental Wellness with Community Services

Speaker :
Dr Tan Weng Mooi , Chief Community Mental Health Division Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore
  • There is no health without mental health.
  • The overall vision for the Community Mental Health Plan in Singapore is to build a network of care and support systems to enable integrated community living, maximise individual potential and promote ageing in place.
  • Through population health approach, we have developed a system that allows easy accessibility to mental health services in the community, through enhancing capability and capacity of the community services. With integrated services, we can provide holistic integrated health, mental and social care support to our clients and caregivers.

Topic 2 : Mental Health For All: A Bridge too Far?

Speaker :
Adj A/Prof Mythily Subramaniam , Director Research Division Institute of Mental Health
  • Time Trends in Prevalence of Mental Illness
  • Early Intervention, and Recovery Focused Approach
  • Access to Evidence Based Care

Session 4 : Mental Health For Older Persons: Where are We Heading?

Topic 1 : Emerging Themes in Research on Older Adult’s Mental Health, Loneliness and Resilience

Speaker :
A/Prof Angelique Chan , Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School Executive Director, Centre for Ageing Research & Education
  • Over half of older Singaporeans, 60+, are lonely
  • Loneliness is associated with poor health outcomes including mortality
  • Resilience (psychological) is lower compared to western populations.