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SCM hosts forum on developing Chinese medicine specialties in Hong Kong and preventing and treating influenza with Chinese medicine

18 Jan 2018

Honourable guests officiate at the opening ceremony of the Forums
Honourable guests officiate at the opening ceremony of the Forums

The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) hosted a Forum on Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Specialty Development-cum-Forum on Prevention and Treatment of Influenza in Chinese Medicine on 14 January. Professionals and scholars gathered on campus to report on the progress and plans of the development of Chinese medicine specialties in Hong Kong, and to seek the views of local Chinese medicine practitioners and the industry on this important objective.


The opening ceremony of the joint event was officiated by Dr Chui Tak-yi, Under Secretary for Food and Health, HKSAR Government; Dr Edwin Tsui, Assistant Director (Traditional Chinese Medicine) of Department of Health, HKSAR Government; Dr WL Cheung, Director (Cluster Services) of Hospital Authority; Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development) of HKBU; Professor Lao Lixing, Dean of SCM, The University of Hong Kong (HKU); Professor Leung Ting-hung, Dean of SCM, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); Professor Lyu Aiping, Dean of SCM, HKBU; and Dr Zhu En, President of Hong Kong Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioners Association (HKRCMPA) and Deputy Convener of the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Specialty Development Working Group.


Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr Chui Tak-yi said that the establishment of a system in Hong Kong for specialties in Chinese medicine is a novel arrangement which will involve lots of preparatory work, such as the design of quality training courses and a sound assessment system. It will have a profound impact on the development of Chinese medicine and will require in-depth communication with the industry so as to come up with a comprehensive specialty system.


In his welcoming remarks, Professor Lyu Aiping said that the Chinese medicine specialty system will contribute to the inheritance and transmission of Chinese medicine specialties. In addition, it will raise the professional standard as well as professional status of Chinese medicine practitioners. More importantly, a specialty system will ensure the provision of quality Chinese medicine specialty services for the public and foster the development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong.


Set up in July 2015, the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Specialty Development Working Group comprises experts and scholars from the schools of Chinese Medicine of three local universities and the Chinese medicine professional community. Its task is to submit to the government a proposal on the establishment of a system for Chinese medicine specialties and a mechanism to recognise qualifications for Chinese medicine specialties. Professor Lao Lixing, former Convener of the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Specialty Development Working Group, Professor Lyu Aiping, Convener of the Working Group, and Professor Leung Ting-hung, Convener-designate of the Working Group, were invited to speak at the Forum. They introduced to an audience of over 500 Chinese medicine practitioners, teachers and members of the public the work of the Working Group in the past two years, the ongoing tasks and the future work plan.


Later that day, the Forum on Prevention and Treatment of Influenza in Chinese Medicine was held to inform the audience about the use of both Chinese and Western medicine to prevent and treat influenza in the winter flu season. Speakers included Chinese and Western medicine doctors who shared the latest flu data in Hong Kong as well as effective ways to prevent and treat influenza.


The Forum on Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Specialty Development was organised by the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Specialty Development Working Group and co-organised by SCM of the three universities and HKRCMPA, while the Forum on Prevention and Treatment of Influenza in Chinese Medicine was organised by SCM of HKBU and co-organised by SCM of HKU and CUHK, and seven Chinese medicine associations.