System Capacity in Enhancing Primary Mental Health Care

With increasing societal demand in the mental health area, there is an urgent need to carry quantitative and qualitive change to the capacity of mental health care. This symposium brings together world-renowned experts in the field of public policy, family medicine, mental health, and social work, to share successful stories in enhancing cost-effectiveness in mental health care implementation, and discuss challenges and opportunities of integrating mental health into primary care. Implications for shaping ideal primary mental health care system in Hong Kong will be discussed.

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

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

9:30am – 9:50amOpening Ceremony
  • Welcoming Speech – HKU Representative
  • Opening Remarks – HKJC Representative
  • Officiating Speech – HKSAR Government Representative
  • Group Photo
  • 9:50am – 10:50amKeynote Speech Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of a Collaborative Stepped-care Model for Late-life Mental Health—JC JoyAge Prof. Martin Knapp,
    Prof. Tracy Lu
    10:50am – 11:20amPresentation I
    Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care - the Role of the Family Doctor
    Prof. Cindy Lam
    11:20am – 11:50amPanel Discussion I
    Shaping an Ideal Primary Mental Health Care System
    Prof. Martin Knapp, Prof. Cindy Lam, Prof. David Bishai, Dr. Wing Chung Chang
    Moderators: Prof. Terry Lum, Prof. Tracy Lu
    112:00nn – 2:30pmLunch Break
    2:30pm – 3:00pmPresentation II
    Dealing Menopause-related Non-Physiological Symptoms with Psychosocial Interventions: Case Study Based on Meta-Analysis of Studies across 14 Countries
    Prof. Aimee Spector
    3:00pm – 3:30pmPresentation III
    Treating Subthreshold Depression in Primary Care
    Prof. Samuel Wong
    3:30pm – 4:00pmPanel Discussion II
    Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing Psychosocial Interventions in Primary Care
    Prof. Aimee Spector, Prof. Samuel Wong Moderator: Prof. Gloria Wong
    4:00pm – 4:05pmConcluding Remarks

    Prof. Martin Knapp

    London School of Economics, UK

    Prof. Tracy Lu

    City University of Hong Kong

    Prof. Cindy Lam

    The University of Hong Kong

    Prof. David Bishai

    The University of Hong Kong

    Dr. Wing Chung Chang

    The University of Hong Kong

    Prof. Aimee Spector

    University College London, UK

    Prof. Samuel Wong

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Prof. Wai Chi Chan

    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.