Posts Tagged ‘health’

Living in the Twilight Zone

Living in the Twilight Zone

More than 195,000 people have been diagnosed with mental illness and are being treated within the public system. But Hong Kong’s psychiatric services lag far behind those in other developed economies. Varsity hears how the shortage of psychiatrists, mental health social workers and a lack of adequate community support affects the lives and recovery prospects of those with mental health problems in Hong Kong.

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Ignored in Plain Sight

Ignored in Plain Sight

Mental health problems and suicidal thoughts are common but often overlooked in the elderly By Charlene Kwan and Katrina Lee The sound of laughter and song travel along the corridor from a spacious room decorated with handicrafts and colourful collages. Tables with mahjong and chess sets have been set up, awaiting players to take their […]

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Mainstreaming Mothers’ Milk

Mainstreaming Mothers’ Milk

The recent dispute over the shortage of infant formula highlighted tensions between Hong Kong and the Mainland. But it also shone a light on the territory’s low breastfeeding rate. The ratio of mothers who still breastfeed their babies after six months lags behind most Asian countries and regions. As Varsity discovers, many mothers complain Hong Kong lacks a supportive environment for breastfeeding.

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A Call For Speech Professionals

A Call For Speech Professionals

Speech problems and communication disorders can have a devastating impact on a child’s learning, development and personality. With timely professional intervention, these problems can be significantly lessened and even overcome. But as Varsity learns, Hong Kong suffers from an acute shortage of qualified speech therapists and lacks a recognised standard professional accreditation system.

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April 2012 – Hong Kong’s Ailing Health System

April 2012 – Hong Kong’s Ailing Health System

Hong Kong has one of the better public health systems in the world but the system is groaning under the challenge of an aging population, spiralling costs and rising expectations. In this issue of Periscope we look at some of the problems facing the public health system: As many elderly people rely on the out-patient […]

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Nurses Flee Public System

Nurses Flee Public System

Overworked and underpaid – that’s how many nurses in Hong Kong’s public hospitals feel and they are leaving the public sector and even the profession in high numbers. So far, Hospital Authority efforts to stem the exodus don’t seem to be working. Varsity looks at the underlying reasons behind Hong Kong’s nursing shortage.

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Overseas Physicians Best Medicine for Doctors’s Shortage?

Overseas Physicians Best Medicine for Doctors’s Shortage?

Plans to allow overseas-qualified doctors to work in Hong Kong’s public hospitals under a limited registration system have come under fire from local doctors’ groups who say the scheme could affect the quality of medical care provided. The critics are unhappy doctors under the scheme will be exempted from taking a licensing exam.

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No Solution in Sight for Pensioners’ Plight

No Solution in Sight for Pensioners’ Plight

Many of the patients who use public healthcare services are elderly. To try to relieve the pressure on the public system the government recently extended the elderly healthcare voucher scheme and doubled the amount offered. But as Varsity discovers, many elderly people still find the vouchers inadequate and hard to use.

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Being vegan

Being vegan

What does it take to become a vegan and how easy is it to be a vegan in Hong Kong?

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Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Reporters: Suki Chow, Karen Kwok, Shannon Lam, Oneal Li Alzheimer’s disease, also called senile dementia of the Alzheimer type (SDAT) and primary degenerative dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (PDDAT) is a degenerative brain disease. It is the most common form of dementia. This incurable and terminal disease was first described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist […]

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