JC JOYAGE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM 2024

Enhancing Primary Mental Health Care in Hong Kong

The demand for mental health services continues to rise in our society, uncovering the urgent need to enhance the capacity and quality of mental health care. This symposium brings together renowned experts from the fields of mental health, public policy, family medicine and social work, who will share insight and strategies for implementing cost-effective mental health care, and discuss both challenges and opportunities of integrating mental health intervention into primary care settings. The implication for shaping an ideal primary mental health care system in Hong Kong will be also be explored.

3rd July 2024 (Wed)
Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong
English
Programme Rundown

*Event Reception will begin 09:15am for the morning session and 2:15pm for the afternoon session

TimeSessionSpeaker
9:30 – 10:00Opening Ceremony
Welcoming Speech

Officiating Speech I

Opening Remarks

Group Photo
Prof. Ming Wen
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Ching-choi Lam
Chairman, Advisory Committee on Mental Health

Ms. Imelda Chan
Head of Charities (Healthy Community), The Hong Kong Jockey Club
10:00 – 11:00Keynote Speech
Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of a Collaborative Stepped-care Model for Late-life
Mental Health—JC JoyAge
Prof. Gloria Wong,
Prof. Martin Knapp,
Prof. Tracy Lu
11:00 – 11:30Presentation I
Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care - the Role of the Family Doctor
Prof. Cindy Lam
11:30 – 12:00Panel Discussion I
Shaping an Ideal Primary Mental Health Care System
Prof. Martin Knapp
Prof. Cindy Lam
Prof. David Makram Bishai
Prof. Wing-chung Chang

Moderator:
Prof. Terry Lum
12:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 15:00Presentation II
Management of Menopause Transition in Primary Health Care
Prof. Aimee Spector
15:00 – 15:30Presentation III
Treating Subthreshold Depression in Primary Care
Prof. Samuel Wong
15:30 – 16:00Panel Discussion II
Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing Psychosocial Interventions in Primary Care
Prof. Aimee Spector
Prof. Samuel Wong
Prof. Wai-chi Chan

Moderator:
Prof. Gloria Wong
16:00 – 16:05Concluding Remarks Prof. Terry Lum
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Prof. Gloria Wong

The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Martin Knapp

London School of Economics, UK

Prof. Tracy Lu

City University of Hong Kong

SPEAKERS and PANELLISTS

Prof. Cindy Lam

The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Aimee Spector

University College London, UK

Prof. Samuel Wong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. David Bishai

The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Wing-chung Chang

The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Wai-chi Chan

The University of Hong Kong

ABOUT JC JOYAGE

Local epidemiological studies have shown that nearly 10% of the elderly population of Hong Kong have clinical levels of depressive symptoms. Factors such as stress, health problems and a lack of social engagement usually contribute to the vulnerability of older adults and higher risks of elderly depression and other major illnesses. In response to this concern, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust approved over HK$678 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 social problem of elderly depression. Through cross-sectoral collaboration, JC JoyAge provides a community-based supporting network for older adults to enhance their resilience in facing the challenges of ageing. The project has been successfully implemented in all 18 districts since 2022, covering over 70% of service units providing community mental health services and district elderly services. Starting in 2024, JC JoyAge will further expand its service to a wider age group on top of the elderly, serving people with depressive symptoms aged 45 or above, and will strengthen social-medical collaboration in the community.