We’ve all heard the adage “prevention is better than cure” – it couldn’t be more true when it comes to managing our health and well-being. Since decades ago, the Government has been investing significant efforts in advancing primary healthcare services in Hong Kong. It is hoped that by addressing the primary health needs of people at the community level, pressure on the already over-loaded healthcare system can be eased.

 

With the continuous ageing trend in the population of Hong Kong, it is anticipated that the demand for rehabilitation services, which are an essential part of primary healthcare, will also increase substantially in the future. Recently, a new Occupational Therapy (OT) Clinic was opened on the campus under the auspices of PolyU’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, in an endeavor to address the needs of rehabilitation services for people of different ages.

 

Named after its donor, Mr Tam Wing Fan, a distinguished Hong Kong architect and philanthropist, the brand-new Tam Wing Fan Rehabilitation Service Centre (Occupational Therapy) is the second rehabilitation centre operating on the PolyU campus. Our dedicated team of therapists are there to offer help and support – be it for children who struggle with self-regulation and sensory processing issues; adults with physical dysfunctions; individuals who have chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular problems; or senior patients who are affected by illness, memory loss or injury.

 

Professor Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU, said in regards to the new Centre, “We are deeply grateful to Mr and Mrs Tam for their generous donation to our University. Through this Centre, we will serve our community with steadfast dedication, thereby upholding Mr Tam’s belief of compassionate love.”

 

Located in W210 and W211, Ho Iu Kwong Building at PolyU, the Centre boasts cutting-edge equipment including rehabilitation robots such as end-effectors and exoskeletons for upper-limb training of patients with hemiparesis after stroke and cerebral palsy, as well as social robots, immersive virtual reality equipment, a brain-computer interface (BCI) system, and neurofeedback and biofeedback devices.

 

The new Centre will also be a platform for knowledge transfer, enabling PolyU experts to transform their pioneering research into clinical applications. It will moreover serve as an important base for the clinical education of PolyU OT students and inbound OT exchange students. To learn more about PolyU’s rehabilitation clinics and the services they provide, visit the website of our rehabilitation clinic.