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The 6th Serena Yang Lecture Upcoming Event

30 May 2018
Event details

Dr Serena Yang has been providing continuous support to the School of Nursing and her donation enables us to further our mission in educating nursing leaders for the community and developing cutting edge research. The Serena Yang Lecture aims to show our deep gratitude and appreciation for her generosity.  By inviting internationally renowned scholars to deliver distinguished lectures in Hong Kong, the Serena Yang Lecture provides an invaluable platform for knowledge exchange between academics and clinical practitioners.

This year, Professor Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, Dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing of New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, and President-Elect of American Academy of Nursing will deliver a talk entitled "What is Old is New: Trends for Nursing in Global Aging"

Programme Details:
Topic: What is Old is New: Trends for Nursing in Global Aging
Speaker: Professor Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx
Dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing
New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing
President-Elect of American Academy of Nursing
Date: May 30, 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00pm – 7:20pm
Venue: Cheung Kung Hai Conference Centre
G/F, William M.W. Mong Block
21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
CNE Application: 1 CNE point will be awarded subject to approval
Registration: Online registration
Contact: School of Nursing
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
The University of Hong Kong
Tel: 3917 6968


One in every 10 persons in the world are over the age of 60 and by the year 2050, one person in five will be over the age of 60. This change in demographics has led the world toward being an aging society. What are the public health and population health issues in an aging society? In the last fifty years, health professionals and sociologists have learned a great deal about aging and health yet there remains much to be done. Still today, despite knowing much about care of older adults, many older adults experience unnecessary episodes of delirium, pressure ulcers, incontinence and loss of function. What lessons have we already learned through evidence-based work that could prevent these problems?

In this presentation, Professor Sullivan-Marx will review what is known about best practices in the care of older adults and what still needs to be done or applied to insure the best aging society in communities and families. Elimination of physical and chemical restraints which was pioneered by Schwartz, Strumpf, & Evans, and by Professor Sullivan-Marx’s own work on the prevention and treatment of delirium through the avoidance of restraints to improve function will be discussed. Today such problems not only result in the delivery of poor quality health services, but have become increasingly costly leading to disparities in care and threatening the economy of business. Discussion will also be provided as to how nurses can make a difference in providing quality care and cost savings.

About the Speaker:

Eileen Sullivan-Marx is Dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and professor emerita of scholarly practice, clinician-educator at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.  She is a distinguished nursing leader, educator, and clinician known for research and innovative approaches in primary care, testing methods of payment for nurses particularly with Medicaid and Medicare, developing sustainable models of care using advanced practice nurses locally and globally, and developing health policy in community-based settings.

In addition to American Academy of Nursing, where she serves as president-elect, Professor Sullivan-Marx holds fellowships in the Gerontology Society of America and the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and of the United Hospital Fund, Inc., as well as a co-chair of the (NYC) Mayor’s Summit on Mental Health Workforce Planning.

From 2010-12, she was an American Political Science Congressional Fellow and senior advisor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Medicaid and Medicare Coordination, just after passage of the Affordable Care Act.  Professor Sullivan-Marx is also an AAN Edge Runner where she was challenged to bring a new level of innovation to addressing pressing healthcare problems. Of note, she was the first nurse to serve as the American Nurses Association representative to the American Medical Association’s Resource-Based Relative Value Update Committee and did so for 11 years, demonstrating through research that nurse practitioner and physician work can be valued equally in that payment structure.

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