Professor Hector Tsang, Head of PolyU’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, shared his views on primary healthcare in a media interview. He said the government initiative of setting up District Health Centre across Hong Kong, with the first one launched this September in Kwai Tsing, is a good move. He elaborated that primary healthcare not only helps the elderly to deal with chronic illnesses, but also covers people of different ages, including children, to promote health awareness and preventive measures before acute/chronic illness is developed. Mental health problems, menopausal symptoms and occupational risks are also in the scope. He said allied healthcare professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, nurses and social workers will play significant roles in providing the community with healthcare education and outreach services.
At present, PolyU provides 150 full-time degree places in physiotherapy and another 100 places in occupational therapy. With expanded space and teaching facilities in the forthcoming PolyU Homantin new campus, he hopes that the Government will increase the funded degree places for PolyU so as to cope with the talent demand in primary healthcare.
Coverage on printed media: HK Economic Times A24, Oriental Daily A13, am730 A22
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