About the Speaker

Prof. Samuel Wong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Samuel Wong is a clinician with training and experience in both Family Medicine and Public Health. Currently, Professor Wong serves as the Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care and as the Associate Dean (Education) at the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK. Professor Wong has published over 370 peer-reviewed papers in international journals with his research interests primarily focused on the evaluation and development of mental health interventions in primary care and the evaluation of primary care services.  ​ 

Professor Wong has served the Hong Kong SAR Government in various capacities, including as a member of the Steering Committee of the Primary Care Development. He has also been involved in education and accreditation committees for medical and dental councils. Currently, he is the Vice-President of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians and provides clinical services in Family Medicine for the Hospital Authority as an Honorary


Treating Subthreshold Depression in Primary Care


Subthreshold depression, characterized by clinically relevant depressive symptoms without meeting major depression diagnostic criteria, is prevalent in primary care. A significant number of individuals with subthreshold depression may progress to major depression, experiencing persistent symptoms that substantially impair social functioning and increase healthcare burdens. This presentation will provide an update on evidence-based interventions and models of care for treating subthreshold depression, discuss the challenges faced, and explore potential strategies for improving the management of this condition in primary care.