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The 12th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation

RS hosted the 12th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation (12th PPCR) on 27-28 November 2021, with the theme of “Innovations and Technological Developments in Rehabilitation”. Due to the continuous spread of the pandemic and the social distancing measures, the PPCR had to be held online this time. Still there were encouraging responses and the active participation of people from the related sectors across different regions, including experts, scholars, clinicians, healthcare administrators and students in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas countries.  We are delighted to have over 300 people registering for the conference, one third of which are from overseas institutions. Out of the 129 abstract submissions we accepted, 51 were selected for platform presentation, with the rest of the papers presented in poster format. A post-conference workshop was also conducted on 3 December 2021 by Prof. Susan Whitney, on the topic of the “Advances in the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo”. The workshop attracted more than 70 people to register.     The opening ceremony, with Mr Kok Che-leung (Deputy Director of Social Welfare [Services], Social Welfare Department), Prof. Christopher Chao (Vice President [Research and Innovation], PolyU) and Prof. David Shum (Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, PolyU) as the officiating guests, marked the kick-off of the event. We are honoured to have invited Prof. Christopher Chao to deliver a welcome address and Mr Kok Che-leung to give a speech at the ceremony.  As an essential part of the conference programme, the Organising Committee had invited six distinguished speakers from prestigious universities to deliver keynote lectures on wide-ranging topics in rehabilitation: Prof. Douglas Gross and Prof. Jeffrey Hausdorff shared about the application of machine learning and low-cost technologies to rehabilitation; Prof. Susan Whitney and Prof. William Miller updated us on the advances in the use of technology in clinical interventions and rehabilitation care provision; Prof. Alyssa Wise lectured on the application of advances in data technologies to rehabilitation education; and Prof. Masud Husain talked about the neurology of apathy and motivation. In addition to the aforementioned keynote lectures, workshop and platform presentations conducted online, around 100 local participants even had a chance to visit RS’s advanced equipment and laboratories on the spot in an Engagement Hub session on 27 November.  The PPCR was inaugurated in Guangzhou in 1998 and has since become an iconic biannual event of our department. The 12th PPCR aims to foster multi-disciplinary collaborations among rehabilitation professionals, academics, students and healthcare administrators in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. We are gratified by the great support we received from different parties for this big event, and look forward to seeing you all again in the next PPCR.

27 Nov, 2021

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RS high-flyer students made the acquaintance of elite alumni at High Table Dinner

RS high-flyer students made the acquaintance of elite alumni at High Table Dinner A High Table Dinner of the High-Flyer Mentorship Programme was successfully held in the evening of 4 November 2021, with almost 100 participants joining the event. Prof. Kwok-yin Wong, Vice President (Education) of PolyU, and Prof. David Shum, Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences of PolyU, graced our event as VIPs. After almost two years of pandemic and social distancing, this is the first so-called “big banquet” we organised. The participants, including around 40 mentors and staff and 60 high-flyer students, had a great time together as far as the evening went. The new mentors and mentees were excited to get to know each other, while the current mentors and mentees had a very enjoyable time catching up on each other after their absence from this kind of social gathering for a long time. We are honoured to have invited Prof. Kwok-yin Wong to deliver an opening address. He said that the aim and significance of our High-Flyer Mentorship Programme, launched in February 2019, were to provide a platform for the top year-1 students to meet with the elite alumni from the physiotherapy and occupational therapy sectors, so as to acquire practical knowledge outside the classroom and receive advice from the experienced mentors on their academic and career development. He believed the programme had matched the high-flyers to the most suitable mentors, and the high-flyers would grab the good opportunity to broaden their horizons and interpersonal network through interaction with their worldly-wise mentors. Highlights of the event also included the sharing by Prof. Hector Tsang (Cally Kwong Mei Wan Professor in Psychosocial Health, Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and Head of RS) in his capacity as a mentor and his mentee, as well as the presentation by three top students. At the end of the dinner, Prof. Tsang delivered his vote of thanks to the participants. He hoped the mentorship programme would allow experienced and accomplished physiotherapists and occupational therapists from various sectors of Hong Kong to share their experience and offer some guidance to our high-quality students, so as to help students develop their future career in the two professions.

4 Nov, 2021

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Congratulations to Dr Billy So on winning the Bronze Award of the 13th Hong Kong Outstanding OSH Employee Award Scheme!

Congratulations to Dr Billy So on winning the Bronze Award of the 13th Hong Kong Outstanding OSH Employee Award Scheme! Dr Billy So (Assistant Professor of RS) has been honoured with the Bronze Award of the 13th Hong Kong Outstanding OSH Employee Award Scheme in recognition of his excellent work to promote occupational safety and health culture at different levels. At the Award Presentation Ceremony on 18 October 2021, Dr So received the award from Dr David Mong, Chairman and Group CEO of Shun Hing Group as well as Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Council. In the past years, Dr So has contributed to promoting occupational safety and health not only within PolyU but also in other organisations. At the university level, for example, he has developed the PolyU OSH Stretching Challenge Online Platform for PolyU staff members. At the community level, he has been conducting ergonomic risk assessments and health education talks for different organisations and schools, including Auxiliary Medical Service, Occupational Safety & Health Council, Hong Kong St. John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Police College, etc. Dr So also has rich publications in the area of occupational health including conference presentations and journal publications. We are happy that Dr So’s outstanding achievements in making his own and other people’s workplaces safer and healthier have been well recognised.

18 Oct, 2021

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MoU Signing Ceremony between RS of PolyU and SoD of HKAPA

MoU Signing Ceremony between RS of PolyU and SoD of HKAPA A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony was held between RS of PolyU and the School of Dance of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (SoD of HKAPA) on 15 October 2021, signifying a closer and more concrete collaborative relationship between RS and SoD. In his speech for the event, Prof. Hector Tsang (Cally Kwong Mei Wan Professor in Psychosocial Health, Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and Head of RS) said the main purpose of the MoU was to facilitate further discussions between the two parties so as to explore collaborative opportunities on Dance Science, Dance Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention. He went on to explain that with the signing of the MoU, RS and SoD would: 1) explore the development of educational and academic exchange activities and cooperative activities for their students, faculty members and staff respectively; 2) seek to share resources with each other, including their qualified specialists and facilities, to support the collaborative activities; 3) explore the possibilities of research collaboration in the areas of Dance Science, Dance Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention.

15 Oct, 2021

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PolyU Undergraduate Info Day 2021

PolyU Undergraduate Info Day 2021 PolyU Undergraduate Info Day 2021 was held successfully on 9 October 2021. To support the great event, the OT and PT teams of RS organised a series of interesting activities, which attracted hundreds of secondary school students to join, including those passionate students from top schools such as Diocesan Boys’ School, King’s College and Belilios Public School. The separate OT and PT programme talks in the morning (both physical and online modes) and in the afternoon (online mode only) were each attended by around 300 students online, with additionally around 100 attendees and 140 attendees joining the physical OT and PT morning sessions respectively. Our OT and PT teams also arranged guided visits to their respective teaching laboratories in GH wing. Besides, the OT team organised two live consultation sessions and two sharing talks online, especially for the participating students to ask questions and enjoy the sharing of learning experiences by our existing students.

9 Oct, 2021

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RS year-3 PT student won the PolyU preliminary of a national essay competition

RS year-3 PT student won the PolyU preliminary of a national essay competition Chan Wing Lam, a year-3 student from the BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy programme, is one of the two winners in the PolyU preliminary of a national essay competition titled “笹川杯品書知日本” 2021徵文大獎賽. The prize ceremony was held on 23 September 2021. Chan Wing Lam and the other winner will represent PolyU in the main competition on the national level and compete for a chance of joining an 8-day cultural exchange tour to Japan. The essay competition aims to arouse university students’ interest in understanding Japanese society, economy and culture. Participants are required to read and then write a reflection on a Japan-themed book.

23 Sep, 2021

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RS year-one students have won a significant portion of PolyU’s entry scholarships

RS year-one students have won a significant portion of PolyU’s entry scholarships Since its inception, RS has been admitting elite students from Hong Kong and elsewhere into its programmes. We are proud to announce that RS admittees in this academic year perform extremely well in winning over a significant portion of the JUPAS and non-JUPAS entry scholarships offered by the University, an achievement as impressive as that of our past admittees in preceding academic years. PolyU offers altogether 331 Entry Scholarships for Outstanding Academic Achievements to JUPAS admittees this year. Out of these 331 scholarships, 124 go to PT freshmen and 61 go to OT freshmen admitted through JUPAS. These two figures make up a total of 185, or 55.9% of all scholarships of the same category offered to all academic departments of PolyU. As to the Entry Scholarship for Outstanding IB Results offered to local non-JUPAS admittees, RS takes up 12 of them, with 7 and 5 awardees from the PT and OT disciplines respectively. The total figure of 12 constitutes 42.9% of all scholarships of the same category offered by the University. Finally, among the local non-JUPAS admittees being awarded the Entry Scholarship for Outstanding GCEAL/IAL Results, 2 of them are from PT and 3 from OT. These figures make up a total of 5, or 55.6% of all scholarships of this type.

21 Sep, 2021

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RS Inauguration Ceremony 2021/22

RS Inauguration Ceremony 2021/22 The Inauguration Ceremony 2021/22 of RS was held on 25 August 2021 to welcome the approach of a new academic year with a new cohort of physiotherapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) students. Similar to our practice last year, the inauguration ceremony this year had to be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still around 320 participants, including guests, RS staff and students, joined the event to share the excitement in kicking off a new academic year. The ceremony began with the opening address by Prof. Hector Tsang (Cally Kwong Mei Wan Professor in Psychosocial Health, Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and Head of RS). He said although last year had not been easy for any of us due to the continuous spread of Covid-19 and its new variants, we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn from tough times, and had indeed achieved notable success and breakthroughs in the aspects of teaching and learning, research and creation of knowledge, and community services. He was happy that we were ranked the top two positions among all academic departments in PolyU in terms of our performance on teaching and learning, as obviously reflected by the continually outstanding admission DSE scores of our PT and OT students as well as the numerous scholarships and awards they had won during their study at RS. Prof. Tsang also gave words of encouragement to the freshmen and reminded them to make the most of their learning opportunities in the coming four years, especially opportunities of local and overseas placements and exchanges.   Prof. Tsang’s encouraging opening address was followed by an informative speech by our officiating guest Dr Cissy Choi (Head, Primary Healthcare Office, Food and Health Bureau, The Government of the HKSAR). Dr Choi mentioned the recent developments of primary healthcare services in Hong Kong and affirmed the important roles played by physiotherapists and occupational therapists in primary healthcare.   Afterwards, there was the announcement and presentation of a series of awards and scholarships to our distinguished students, as well as the Outstanding Teaching Award 2020/21 to our colleague Mr Alexander Woo (Senior Clinical Associate) by our guest Miss Cally Kwong (Donor of Cally Kwong Mei Wan Psychosocial Health Endowed Professorship). After taking group photos, Prof. Hector Tsang drew the ceremony to a close with a few final remarks and a vote of thanks to the guests and all participants.

25 Aug, 2021

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Elite Occupational Therapist Taster Programme (EOTTP) 2021

Elite Occupational Therapist Taster Programme (EOTTP) 2021 Occupational Therapy Student Ambassador (OTSA) was established in 2014, and this year marks its 7th anniversary. OTSA aims to promote OT profession to the general public through various activities. With secondary school students being one of the major promotional targets, RS of PolyU joined hands with OTSA again in organising the Elite Occupational Therapist Taster Programme (EOTTP) for students’ early exposure to the OT profession.   The 4th EOTTP was successfully held at PolyU on 10 August 2021 and attended by nearly 100 passionate participants from around 50 elite secondary schools in Hong Kong. It was our honour to have invited Prof. Hector Tsang (Cally Kwong Mei Wan Professor in Psychosocial Health, Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and Head of RS) to give an inspiring opening speech, which marked the start of the event. In order to provide the participants with a holistic perspective of the roles of occupational therapists, we prepared an array of activities, including a theory-learning class, a splinting workshop, and visits to teaching laboratories and the Rehabilitation Clinic. Thanks to the generous support from RS faculties, the participants were able to have a comprehensive understanding of the OT profession including OT theories and practices. After the opening ceremony, Mr Tony Wong (Clinical Associate) taught the theory-learning class in which he lectured on OT theories, concepts and models. In the group study session that followed, participants tried to conduct simple case analyses by applying their newly learnt theories and models, so as to experience briefly the process of assessing patients. The splinting workshop was conducted by Ms Josephine Wong (Senior Clinical Associate), Ms Bonnie Jim (Clinical Associate), Mr Kin-Chung Tang (Clinical Associate) and Mr Tony Wong. The four clinical associates demonstrated to the participants the steps of making hand splints, and instructed them to make a protective mallet finger splint by themselves. During the teaching lab tour, participants had a chance to visit the state-of-the-art teaching facilities, thereby deepening their understanding of various types of OT specialties. The visit to the Rehabilitation Clinic was led by Mr Johnny Lam (Clinical Associate), in which participants had a glance at the environment where occupational therapists worked and their different treatment media. Through this successful one-day programme, it is anticipated that the secondary school students could gain a better insight into the OT expertise and our OT undergraduate programme. Meanwhile, the service period of the 7th OTSA has come to an end. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported us over the past year. Please stay tuned for the coming OTSA events!

10 Aug, 2021

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PolyU Physiotherapy Summer Programme 2021

PolyU Physiotherapy Summer Programme 2021 The PolyU Physiotherapy Summer Programme 2021 was held successfully on 26 July 2021 and attended by over 100 secondary four and five students from local elite secondary schools. The programme aims to provide secondary school students with an authentic experience of being a physiotherapy (PT) student at PolyU. To kick off the PT Summer Programme 2021, Prof. Shamay Ng (Associate Head of RS) and Dr Shirley Ngai (Programme Leader of the BSc [Hons] in PT programme) welcomed the participants and introduced the programme. After an icebreaking game led by our current students, the participants started to go through the informative and intriguing experience of being a PT student and participated in different activities in small groups. The activities include: “Human Anatomy: Our Brain, Muscles and Skeletons” by Dr Stanley Winser (Assistant Professor [PT]) and Dr Sonata Yau (Associate Professor [PT]) “Cardiorespiratory System & Simulation Lab Demonstration” by Dr Alex Cheung (Research Assistant Professor [PT]) “Practical: Measurement of Upper Limbs Joint ROMs” by Dr Freddy Lam (Assistant Professor [PT]) “Rehab Clinic Tour: Knowing How We Treat Patients” by Mr Eugene Kwok (Clinical Associate [PT]) At the end of the programme, Mr Stanley Wu, Clinical Associate (PT) and person-in-charge of the programme, provided various types of useful information on admission requirements, interview skills and career prospects in the Q&A session. The participants enjoyed their one-day experience of studying PT. They reflected that they knew more about what and how they would learn in the PT programme now and that the Summer Programme had enhanced their interest in studying PT at PolyU, as they were impressed by everything around them that day, including nice helpers, kind professors and a great university.

26 Jul, 2021

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