PSBH Workshops Raise Concerns about Public Health Issues among Students

  • PSBH Workshops aim to raise concerns about people's health among nursing students

  • Teachers and students exchange views during group discussion

  • Year 4 students report on the achievements of their projects for better health

Recently, the "42nd Problem Solving for Better Health® (PSBH®) Workshop" along with the "40th PSBH Follow-Up Presentation" was jointly held by Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau and Dreyfus Health Foundation (DHF) of the United States. The workshops aim to raise concerns about people's health among nursing students and to inspire their enthusiasm for providing customized PSBH project to clients. 

So far the PSBH series programmes of DHF have been developed in around thirty and more countries and areas of the world including U.S., China and Brazil, etc. Since 2003 the College has launched this programme regularly for years expecting to progressively raise students' problem-solving skills for better health through the workshop on the basis of existing resources. There are three steps to solve problems: Firstly, defining the problem; secondly, defining a solution and thirdly, developing an action plan. By going through these three steps students are trained to find out health problems, finally propose appropriate project ideas for better health to clients.

The workshop was held on 29 & 30 April at the Lecture Theatre of the College. The total fifty-two Year-3 students from KWNC, four exchange students from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, four faculty members respectively from Hunan University of Medicine and Xiangyang Vocational and Technical College, etc. attended the event. Professor Zhu Mingxia, Assistant Professors Ng Wai I and Wong Choi Peng made each 42nd Workshop presentation respectively on the three sections of "Define Problem", "Good Question" and "Action Plan". Group discussion and briefing were also conducted among students under guidance of teachers. Many of the teachers expressed that students who could have fair ideas about this programme procedure and effective ways in such a short period of time were worth encouraging. Besides, some teachers suggested that students should raise more concerns about aspects of the older adults, the community and management of various chronic diseases while making good use of resources from the College and society for better health projects. As regards the chronic diseases, in addition to dementia-related field, the aspects of health fitness and rehabilitation could also be taken into account. The more thinking is being explored, the more health problems of society could be solved. 

In the afternoon of 30 April, the "40th Follow-Up Workshop" was held at Lecture Theatre 1 & 2 of KWNC where Year 4 students reported on the achievements of their projects for better health.