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Arthritis Patient Conference 2016

Arthritis Patient Conference 2016

Co-organized by the Foundation and the Community Rehabilitation Network (CRN), the Arthritis Patient Conference 2016 was held successfully at the auditorium of the Hong Kong Federation Of Youth Groups Building, North Point on 27th August 2016. There were a total of 349 participants. The Conference aimed to promote awareness and better understanding of arthritis diseases among the general public, and to provide more in-depth, most up-to-date and well-rounded information on dealing with the diseases.

The event commenced with 4 concurrent sessions separated into 2 Series. The main themes of 1st and 2nd Series were non-medication treatment and medication treatment of rheumatism respectively. The topics are as follows:

1st Series:
A) Mindfulness - Dr. Carole LI
B) Arthritis of foot and ankle- Dr. SC TONG

2nd Series:
A) Biosimilar - Prof. LS TAM
B) Oral biologics - Dr. Ronald YIP

After the lunch break, the Opening Ceremony was hosted by: Prof. Sophia CHAN, Acting Secretary of Food and Health; Mr. NG Hang-sau, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation; Dr. Ronald YIP, Vice President of The Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology; Prof. CS LAU and Mr. David YAU, Honourable President of the Foundation; Dr. TH CHAN, Chairman of the Foundation. Guest of Honors and the committee members took a selfie with all participants. The photo was uploaded to the Foundation’s Facebook Page immediately to celebrate the establishment of the Page. Prof. CS LAU gave a short talk, with the theme of “Mutual help and advocacy of patients with arthritis and rheumatism” after the ceremony. He shared his viewpoints and past experiences on fighting for patients’ rights as well as mutual support among them.

It was followed by another 4 concurrent sessions separated into 2 Series. The main themes of 3rd and 4th Series were complications and weight management respectively. The topics are as follows:

3rd Series:
A) Tumor - Dr. Gavin LEE
B) Cardiovascular diseases - Dr. TH CHAN

4th Series:
A) Diet - Ms. Joyce LAM
B) Exercises - Ms. Ida LAN

Besides, there was a Q&A section at the end of every session. Participants actively addressed their doubts and speakers answered most inquiries with patience.

John Doe