Group photo of KWNC Faculty members, organizer representatives and honourable guests
The "15th World Congress on Long Term Care in Chinese Communities" jointly organized by Hong Kong Association of Gerontology and Centre for Gerontological Nursing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University took place at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 29th November to 1st December 2018. The congress themed "Sustainable and Quality Long Term Care Services" has attracted the participation of more than 700 experts, scholars and staff in long term care services from Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Chinese Mainland, Taiwan, as well as Hong Kong and Macao.
As a member of the Association and co-organizer, Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) has played an active role in publicity arrangements and paper solicitation in Macao region before the congress. A delegation of six College members led by KWNC President Van Iat Kio have attended the oral presentations, conducted exchanges on long term care services with participants from other regions and gained precious experience. The College members attending the congress included: Associate Professor and the member of Preparatory Committee of Macao Leong Sok Man, Assistant Professor Lei Wai In, Lecturer Chao Ka Kei, Lecturer Wong Ka Kit and Project Coordinator Che Sok Leng.
Associate Professor Leong Sok Man and Assistant Professor Lei Wai In took part in the oral presentations about "The health status and care needs of the elderly care service users in Macao" and "The implications from a series of dementia caregivers' support actions in Macao". Associate Professor Leong Sok Man mentioned that Taiwan and Hong Kong have played active roles in promoting the advance care planning and home hospice palliative care in recent years. She hoped that Macao could learn from the experience and implement relevant plans so that older persons could choose appropriate nursing care and medical treatment in accordance with their own wishes for pain relief during the final stage of life.
The World Congress on Long Term Care in Chinese Communities has been held since 2002 in different Chinese cities and regions, in order to enhance the development of long term care services and industry quality, as well as to establish a platform for participants to exchange academic and clinical experience.