HKBU receives funding from HKJC to set up territory’s first Chinese Medicine Disease Prevention and Health Management Centre
12 Jul 2018
To address the challenges caused by an aging population and the continuously rising number of chronic disease patients, the School of Chinese Medicine of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) established the “Hong Kong Baptist University – Jockey Club Chinese Medicine Disease Prevention and Health Management Centre” and launched a five-year “Jockey Club ‘Embrace Health’ Chinese Medicine Programme” with the generous donation of over HK$90 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The Centre is the first Chinese medicine health service centre in Hong Kong founded on the core concepts of Chinese medicine disease prevention and body constitution, with the aim of “preventing diseases from occurring, worsening and relapsing” by providing comprehensive Chinese medicine healthcare services to enhance public health.
The HKBU-Jockey Club Chinese Medicine Disease Prevention and Health Management Centre is now in full operation and officially opened today (12 July). Officiating at today’s opening ceremony were Dr Constance Chan, Director of Health, HKSAR Government; Mr Brian Lo, Deputy Secretary for Education (Further and Higher Education Branch), HKSAR Government; Mr Anthony Chow, Deputy Chairman, The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Professor James Tang, Secretary-General, Secretariat, University Grants Committee; Professor John Leong, Chairman, Hospital Authority; Dr Cheung Wai-lun, Project Director, Chinese Medicine Hospital Project Office; Mr Cheng Yan-kee, Chairman of the Council and the Court, HKBU; Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor, HKBU; Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Associate Vice-President (Chinese Medicine Development), HKBU; and Professor Lyu Aiping, Dean of Chinese Medicine, HKBU.
In her speech, Dr Constance Chan said Chinese medicine is an important component of the traditional Chinese culture. It also plays a crucial role in the overall healthcare system in Hong Kong. She believes that this project undertaken by HKBU will provide better quality and standardised Chinese medicine health management service for the community.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Anthony Chow said the Club was delighted to support the establishment of the Jockey Club Chinese Medicine Disease Prevention and Health Management Centre. “The Club and HKBU have established a productive partnership for promoting the development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong. Early in 1998, we supported the establishment of the Jockey Club School of Chinese Medicine Building."
In his welcoming remarks, Mr Cheng Yan-kee said the HKBU-Jockey Club Chinese Medicine Disease Prevention and Health Management Centre is more than a traditional Chinese medicine clinic in various aspects. By extending from treating diseases to preventing diseases, the Centre marks a crucial milestone of the development and innovation of Chinese medicine service in Hong Kong. Mr Cheng added that the Centre is founded on the core concept of disease prevention and body constitution healthcare in Chinese medicine. It provides quality medical and healthcare services with modern Chinese medicine technology and methods, along with comprehensive public education on practical health management knowledge, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life in the general public.
Delivering his vote of thanks, Professor Roland Chin expressed his gratitude to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, government departments and various organisations for their trust and support to HKBU which enabled the successful establishment of the Centre. He said that “health and drug discovery” is one of the focused areas emphasised in the University’s 10-year strategic plan. The new era of development in Chinese medicine at HKBU is moving towards a scientific, standardised and global approach while big data analysis is also systematically applied to promote the development of evidence-based Chinese medicine.
The Centre comprises consultation rooms for chronic diseases, health assessment rooms for body constitution and treatment rooms with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. It also offers a comprehensive innovative Chinese medicine platform for health management which provides health education, health assessment, preventive healthcare service and cloud health management. Personalised Chinese medicine preventive healthcare services and scientific Chinese medicine health assessment methods with modern and advanced apparatus are used to assess and analyse users’ health status.
The Centre also launched a new initiative today – the “Embrace Health” mobile app. Through the app, users will be able to acquire Chinese medicine health knowledge and learn more about the different types of body constitution. Users can download the apps at: https://embracehealth.org.hk/app_download.php (Currently for Android users only. iOS users please visit the website for the same functions: https://embracehealth.org.hk).
To commemorate the Centre’s opening, an array of activities are currently held with the theme “HKBU Wellness Month”. For details, please visit: https://embracehealth.org.hk/.