Vice Dean (Research), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Chief Operating Officer, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital, Singapore
Vice Dean (Research), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Associate Professor Alex Cook leads the modelling group in the Biostatistics and Modelling Domain in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. He obtained his PhD in statistics and mathematical modelling at Heriot-Watt University. Subsequently, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Gibson and Gilligan labs at Heriot-Watt and Cambridge, respectively. Associate Prof Cook is best known for his research in computational statistics and modelling in the fields of infectious disease epidemiology, public health and the environment. Other than his work in academia, he is a visiting scientific consultant at the Communicable Disease Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore. Associate Prof Cook is a dedicated mentor and his teaching experience spans across statistics and public health from undergraduate to postgraduate levels in the Faculty of Science and School of Public Health. Being awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award thrice, NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award, and the NUS High School Inspiring Research Mentor Award are evidence of his passion and commitment to teaching.
Chief Executive Officer, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics, Singapore
Associate Professor Chong Phui-Nah is the Chief Executive Officer of National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP) with effect from 1 October 2014. A/Prof Chong, who is also an Adjunct Associate Professor (Family Medicine) at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1991. In 1997, she obtained her Masters of Medicine (Family Medicine), and in 2002 she attained the Fellow of the College of Family Physicians. Earlier this year, she graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A/Prof Chong has been with NHGP since its inception in 2000. Since then, she has contributed much to the primary care sector in Singapore. In 2003, she implemented the NHGP Asthma Programme to ensure that the necessary structures are in place to treat asthma as a chronic disease instead of an episodic condition. She also set up the Family Physician Clinics in 2005. Motivated by her belief that primary care is the foundation of Singapore’s healthcare system, A/Prof Chong set up the Primary Care Academy in 2007 and Family Medicine Academy in 2013 to enhance primary healthcare training. She was also instrumental in establishing the Family Medicine Development Division in 2008 to advance family medicine. As a practising family physician who has also been a part of NHGP for over a decade, A/Prof Chong has the knowledge and experience to lead NHGP to transform primary care and advance family medicine in Singapore.
Head of Branding and Corporate Communications, NTUC Health Co-operative Ltd, Singapore
Ms Clara Lee is the Head of Branding and Corporate Communications at NTUC Health Co-operative Ltd. She oversees communications within the organisation as well as public relations with the external audience. She helmed the communications strategy and execution in the incorporation of NTUC Health following an integration of NTUC Unity Healthcare and NTUC Eldercare, and developed a new NTUC Health corporate brand identity. Prior to her appointment in NTUC Health, Clara was Deputy Director of Strategic Communications at NTUC, managing group communications for the family of NTUC Social Enterprises. Her earlier appointments include communications and service quality roles in government statutory board International Enterprise Singapore, and Singapore Airlines.
Director (Primary & Community Care), Ministry of Health, Singapore
Dr Elaine Tan is a Family Physician by training and has spent her career in the public healthcare sector. Seconded to the Ministry of Health since November 2014, Elaine retains a ground perspective in policy setting. She is focused on implementing Primary Care 2.0 plans and developing the supporting structure to enable this vision of transformation for the sector.
Carer Representative, Health Consumers Queensland, Australia
Jeannine Kimber is a Carer Representative and was a member of the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry Implementation Steering Committee. Jeannine plays an active role in advocating for young people with severe and complex mental health issues and working for the recognition of the role of and needs of carers, and is committed to ensuring the best possible care for this uniquely vulnerable group of young people (and their families), wherever they may live in Queensland, Australia.
Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and National University Health System, Singapore
Joanne Yoong is an applied micro-economist conducting research on behavioural economics, health and financial decision making, and economic development. Dr. Yoong is a Senior Economist at the University of Southern California, where she directs the research program for the Center for Economic and Social Research (East). She is also jointly appointed as Associate Professor of Health Systems and Behavioral Sciences at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the National University Hospital System.
Dr Yoong is also an honorary senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an adjunct economist at the RAND Corporation. She is the previous Director of the Asia Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for Health Technology Assessment (ARCH) Initiative, an APEC-funded multi-country collaboration to promote health technology assessment among member economies, and was previously Director of the RAND Behavioural Finance Forum 2012. She is currently the co-president of the Singapore Health Economics Association.
Dr. Yoong’s academic research has been published in leading economics and public health journals including the American Economic Review and has been funded by the WHO, OECD, NIH, DFID, World Bank and USAID. Dr Yoong received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University as an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow and her AB summa cum laude in Economics and Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University.
Assistant Director of Nursing, Lions Home for the Elders, Singapore
Mr Joselito Iporac obtained his Bachelor Degree in Nursing in the Philippines and started working in Lions Home for the Elders as a Nursing Aide in 1999. He was then promoted to Enrolled nurse then to staff nurse and subsequently to Nurse Manager. He took the post of Assistant Director of Nursing in March 2017, being responsible for the supervision in implementing effective management to all care staff and maintaining a high level of operational efficiency as well as quality care and service standard. With his contributions, Joselito was awarded the Best Nursing Staff in Singapore by the Rotary Club of Singapore in 2001, and received Nurse’s Merit Award from Minstry of Health Singapore in 2012.
Manager, Queensland Department of Health, Australia
Judith Piccone is the Manager of the newly established Child and Youth Team, Strategic Planning and Partnerships Unit in the Clinical Excellence Division’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB) of the Department of Health in Queensland, Australia and was previously the Manager of the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry Implementation team that worked in partnership with Health Consumers Queensland to ensure that consumers and carers were engaged at all levels as part of the Government response. Judith is passionate about the area of child and youth mental health and has worked in a range of positions and settings in this field for over two decades.
Consumer Representative, Health Consumers Queensland, Australia
Katherine Moodie is a Consumer Representative and was a member of the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry Implementation Steering Committee. Katherine’s lived experience puts her in a unique position to provide the perspective of young people living through severe and complex mental health issues. Her aim is to improve mental health services especially through increased understanding among health and other professionals of severe and complex youth mental health issues.
Senior Consultant and Director of Service, Post-Acute & Continuing Care, Jurong Community Hospital, Singapore
Dr Kelvin Koh currently practises as a Senior Consultant and leads the medical team in Jurong Community Hospital as the Director of Service, Post-acute & Continuing Care. Dr Koh holds several teaching appointments and is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and was presented with the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the College of Family Medicine Singapore in 2015 for his contribution to family medicine teaching. He was also awarded the JurongHealth Campus Best Undergraduate Programme Tutor (Geriatrics) in 2017. Dr Koh’s experience in the Intermediate-Long-term Care sector started in 2005 and has developed a keen interest in dementia care and clinical ethics whilst serving in this sector. He is currently an advisor to the dementia care team in JCH and contributes actively as a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee in JurongHealth Campus.
Chief Executive Officer, St Luke’s ElderCare, Singapore
Dr Kenny Tan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of St Luke’s ElderCare in August 2016. Established in both clinical and healthcare management, his previous role as Chief Operating Officer for St Luke’s Hospital and St Luke’s ElderCare, had brought the community hospital and eldercare centres through capacity growth in infrastructure and services. His approach in putting the patient and client first continues to make an impact on the service culture and care delivery. As a performance driver, he was instrumental in bringing about an increase in services, programmes and innovation projects. In his personal time, Dr Tan provides counselling to caregivers and has been participating in humanitarian work overseas since 1997. He received the prestigious Healthcare Humanity Awards in 2016 for his work.
Engagement Advisor, Health Consumers Queensland, Australia
Leonie Sanderson is the Health Consumers Queensland, Australia Engagement Advisor and worked on the Implementation of the Government Response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry Report Recommendations. Leonie works with consumers, carers, Queensland Health, Australia and other organisations to make sure consumers and carers are supported and that the consumer and carer perspective is integrated across the project.
Director, Community for Successful Ageing (ComSA), Tsao Foundation, Singapore
Ms Linda Auyong is the Director of ComSA, Tsao Foundation’s latest initiative which seeks to engage the community as partners to promote ageing in place and to replicate a model that can transform the ageing experience for older persons in Singapore. Prior to joining Tsao Foundation, Linda spent 4 years at The Salvation Army as the Director of Social and Community Services where she enjoyed working with staff to improve service delivery to beneficiaries in diverse sectors ranging from child care, prisons, residential homes for children and youth, and eldercare. She is currently serving as Chair of the Medifund Committee at Assisi Hospice, Rotary FSC Management Committee and MINDS Residential and Community Care Services Sub-Committee.
Chief Executive Officer, St. Andrew’s Community Hospital, Singapore
Dr Loh Yik Hin is the Chief Executive Officer of St. Andrew’s Community Hospital, the Chief Operating Officer of St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital (SAMH) and also the Director of Healthcare Services, Singapore Anglican Community Services. He is a medical graduate from the National University of Singapore, has a Masters in Public Health and is an accredited Public Health Specialist. Prior to him working at St. Andrew’s Community Hospital in 2008, he had spent 13 years as an administrator and public health physician at the Singapore Ministry of Health. He was previously Director of Integrated Health Services Division at the Ministry, and has also worked in various areas such as health regulation, hospital services planning, health services research, and quality of care and hospital operations. Dr Loh was awarded an HMDP training scholarship in 2004 and was Senior Research Fellow at the US National Patient Safety Foundation.
Executive Director, The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home, Singapore
Mdm Low Mui Lang is the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home. She piloted several projects at Peacehaven to help with the re-modelling of residential care in Singapore. She holds a Master in Health Care Management and is a Rehabilitation Nursing Clinician, being in healthcare committees workgroups and engaged as speaker in conferences. Mdm Low has piloted several projects at Peacehaven to help with the re-modelling of residential care in Singapore and was instrumental in the partnership with The Salvation Army Palu Academy, Indonesia whereby Indonesian nurses are hired to form part of the pool of care staff in Peacehaven. She is also the advisor to Woodland Integrated Campus and AIC Consultant for residential Dementia Care.
Chief Executive Officer, Health Consumers Queensland, Australia
Melissa Fox is a Brisbane health consumer and mother of 2 daughters, aged 10 and 13. Having worked in documentary and reality television, Melissa now works to improve the safety, quality and consumer-centredness of health services through her positions as Chief Executive Officer of Queensland’s peak health consumer organisation Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ), Co-Chair of Logan Together’s Community Maternity Hubs Governance Group and as a consumer representative on the Queensland Clinical Senate, Childrens Health Queensland’s Neurodevelopmental Disorders Steering Committee, the NPS MedicineWise Choosing Wisely Advisory Group and the ACHS Qld/NT State Advisory Committee.
Chief Operating Officer, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital, Singapore
Mr Ng Kian Swan is the Chief Operating Officer of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and Jurong Community Hospital (JCH), providing leadership and management to the various business units and is responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of both hospitals. He was instrumental in the planning, commissioning and opening of NTFGH and JCH in 2015. In his role as the Chair of the JurongHealth Transition Planning Workgroup, Kian Swan provides direction and support to the respective workgroups to establish and execute a comprehensive migration and commissioning action plan and ensuring the operational readiness of NTFGH and JCH. He had been involved in the planning and commissioning of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Jurong Medical Centre, Raffles Hospital and Changi General Hospital projects.
Chief Executive Officer, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), UK
Nick is co-Founder and CEO of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), a not-for-profit membership-based foundation dedicated to improving the science knowledge and adoption of integrate care in policy and practice across the World (www.integratedcarefoundation.org).
This work includes the development of IFIC’s education and training arm, the Integrated Care Academy ©, and IFIC’s wider portfolio of work developing international collaborative centres supporting research and development activities in both Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Nick is also the co-Editor-in-Chief of its open-access and impact rated scientific periodical the International Journal of Integrated Care (www.ijic.org).
Nick also holds a range of research, educational and consultation roles worldwide. These international commitments include several European R&D projects including the project SUSTAIN (www.sustain-eu.org) and work as an expert advisor and consultant to the likes of the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Health Organisation.
In January 2016, Nick received the Avedis Donabedian International Award for his contribution to Healthcare Excellence. In 2017, Nick will be appointed as Conjoint Professor to the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, where he will support research and educational programmes within the University’s new Institute for Integrated Care.
Chief Executive Officer, Montfort Care, Singapore
Mr Samuel Ng is the Chief Executive Officer of Montfort Care. Under his leadership, Montfort Care’s programmes have grown over the years including family services, child protection services, cyber wellness for youth, caregivers’ support service, as well as seniors programmes to support ageing-in-place. Samuel started the Marine Parade Family Service Centre in 2000 to provide professional assistance to help individuals and families in need. In 2002, he anticipated the challenges that will be brought on by an ageing population and became the first to set up a holistic service centre for the seniors in the community. As an innovative social worker, Samuel launched several significant projects that impacted the lives of the different clients-groups. Serving the social service sector for more than 20 years, Samuel was recognised for his contribution when he was awarded the Outstanding Social Worker in 2001, the Public Service Award in 2010 and the Public Service Star, Bintang Bakti Masyarakat in 2017.
Senior Physician, Hua Mei Clinic, Tsao Foundation
Dr Seow Yu Jin is currently working as a senior physician at the Hua Mei Clinic looking after patients with chronic complex medical and psychosocial issues. He qualified in the Oxford training scheme for Family Medicine in 2001 and has worked as a GP partner for 11 years in a group practice with six other partners. Dr Seow is passionate about chronic diseases, including Diabetes, Hypertension, Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease, Mental Health and various Rheumatological Conditions. He also has a passion for training and development, serving as a GP appraiser in the UK, which is part of the Revalidation process in the UK, to ensure quality assurance of all primary care physicians; as well as a trainer to medical doctors pursuing a career in Family Medicine as a specialty.
Group Director of Nursing, Ren Ci Hospital, Singapore
Mdm Sim Teck Meh has more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare sector, particularly in nursing and hospital operations. Prior to joining Ren Ci in 2013, she spent many years in the public hospitals handling operations, nursing administration, developing nursing capabilities and spearheaded new services. As Group Director of Nursing, Teck Meh oversees nursing services. She holds a Bachelor in Nursing and a Graduate Diploma in Nursing Administration from the La Trobe University (Australia) and a Master of Business Administration from Henley Brunel University (UK).
Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Professor Teo is the Dean of Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. He majored in statistical genetics and has gained international recognition for his work in genomics. He completed his DPhil training at the University of Oxford under Prof Peter Donnelly FRS, renowned for his expertise in applied statistics and interpretation of DNA evidence. He currently focuses on the development and application of sophisticated mathematical and statistical methodologies to understand the genetic aetiology of human diseases and genetic evolution in worldwide populations. He has conducted large scale genomic studies on populations from Africa, Europe and Asia to elucidate the molecular mechanism of common diseases and traits. He has published in top journals including Nature, Nature Review Genetics, Nature Genetics, Nature Methods, American Journal of Human Genetics and Genome Research, as well as in statistical and computational journals such as Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.