Primary Mental Health Care System for Older People with Common Mental Disorders

Common mental disorders (CMD) are highly prevalent in older people, and there is an urgent need to increase the capacity of and access to mental health care for older people in primary care settings. This symposium brings together world-renowned experts in the field of mental health care for older people to share the successful stories and lessons learnt in delivering services and establishing systems in high-, middle- and low-income countries. Implications for primary mental health care for CMD in Hong Kong will be discussed.

10th – 13th October 2022
Via Webinar
Programme Rundown

10th Oct 2022

3:00pm – 3:30pmOpening Ceremony
  • Dr. Donald Li, SBS, JP – Chairman of the Elderly Commission
  • Dr. Gabriel Leung – Executive Director, Charities and Community of The Hong Kong Jockey Club
  • Prof. Ian Holliday – Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) of The University of Hong Kong
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pmKeynote Presentation - “Realising the Mass Public Benefit of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies (the IAPT story)”Prof. David Clark
    4:30pm – 5:00pmFacilitated Discussion and Q&A Session Prof. Terry Lum

    11th Oct 2022

    3:00pm – 4:00pmPresentation I: Treating Depression in Primary Mental Health Care Setting among Low-income Women in Chile Prof. Ricardo Araya
    4:00pm – 5:00pmPresentation II: Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial for Late Life Depression in Socioeconomically Deprived Areas of São Paulo, Brazil (PROACTIVE) Project Dr. Marcia Scazufca

    12th Oct 2022

    9:00am – 10:00amPresentation I - Prevention, Assessment & Treatment of Depression among Older Adults: a Canadian PerspectiveProf. David Conn
    10:00am – 11:00amPresentation II: Use of interRAI Assessments to Identify and Respond to Mental Health Needs of Older Adults across the Continuum of Care Prof. John Hirdes

    13th Oct 2022

    2:30pm – 4:30pmWorkshop: Working with Older Adults with Suicide Risk
    * This session will be conducted in Cantonese
    Ms. Wai Wai Kwok
    Ms. Angie Shum

    10th Oct 2022
    3:00pm-5:30pm (UTC +8)

    Prof. David Clark

    University of Oxford

    11th October 2022

    3:00pm- 5:30pm (UTC+8)

    Prof. Ricardo Araya

    King’s College London

    Dr. Marcia Scazufca

    King’s College London

    12th October 2022

    9:00am – 11:30am (UTC+8)

    Prof. David Conn

    University of Toronto

    Prof. John Hirdes

    University of Waterloo

    13th October 2022
    2:30pm – 4:30pm (UTC+8)

    Ms. Wai Wai Kwok

    The University of Hong Kong

    Ms. Angie Shum

    The University of Hong Kong


    According to a study, about 10% of the elderly population in Hong Kong have depressive symptoms. Factors such as stress, health problems and a lack of social engagement usually contribute to the vulnerability of older people and cause higher risks of elderly depression or other major illness. In response to this concern, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust approved over HK$366 million to initiate the “JC JoyAge: Jockey Club Holistic Support Project for Elderly Mental Wellness” (JC JoyAge). Launched in 2016, the project aims to tackle the problem of elderly depression, enhance capacity of professional and non-professional manpower as well as raising public awareness of elderly mental health.