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SCM students provide healthcare services to over 100 elderly with chronic pain in Sham Shui Po

02 Apr 2015

SCM students show their dedication to serving the community with their knowledge through the provision of healthcare services to the elderly in the Sham Shui Po district
SCM students show their dedication to serving the community with their knowledge through the provision of healthcare services to the elderly in the Sham Shui Po district

Over 60 Year 3 students from the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) took part in the "Chinese Medicine Pain Care Day" at the Chan Kwan Tung Social Centre for the Elderly of the Shamshuipo Kaifong Welfare Advancement Association last Saturday (28 March). They provided healthcare services to more than 180 elderly residents in the Sham Shui Po district who are suffering from chronic pain. The event was co-organised by the School and the Lions Club of Hong Kong Yau Yat Chuen, and supported by the Shamshuipo Kaifong Welfare Advancement Association.

The wide array of activities, which included a healthcare talk, medical consultations and the provision of healthcare services, enabled the elderly to learn more about the things they can do to prevent the onset of pain, better protect themselves from diseases and improve their overall wellbeing. The students also administered moxibustion, tui na and meridian tapping treatment to the elderly according to their different syndromes and health conditions to help alleviate their pain.

Dr Zhang Shiping, Associate Professor of SCM and Chairman of the Event Organising Committee, said such an event is a trial run for teaching and learning through community service. For this service project, students had to first identify the common pain diseases of the elderly and gather relevant information to produce a leaflet and prepare a talk. In addition, they had to familiarise themselves with the various methods of pain alleviation so as to offer suitable treatment for the elderly to cure their pain.

Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of SCM, said this kind of teaching activity benefits the students as it cultivates their sense of civil citizenship, communication competency, professional knowledge and skills such as teamwork. It also echoes the University's ethos of Whole Person Education which encourages students to engage in self-learning, inspires their creativity and trains them to apply their knowledge.